This past weekend, I went to Mesa, AZ for a combination 20th wedding anniversary trip and Profitable Author class. The class was great. I learned a lot and now have a lot of work to do!
While preparing for this trip, the thing I was most worried about was bedbugs since we would be staying in a hotel. I know they are not germs, but they are equally yucky and they are becoming a really big problem! I consulted my Travel Tips page to refresh my memory so I would know what to look for. We made the 14-hour drive each way, so airline travel wasn’t an issue this time.
We stayed at a Best Western hotel in Mesa. The rooms didn’t look anything like the pictures they have online but they were nice enough. I checked for evidence of bedbugs and didn’t find any. The room appeared to be clean but you never can tell if its actually sanitized or just looks good. I always bring my own hair dryer. I don’t want to touch theirs. The shower drain in our room was slow so I ended up standing in ankle deep water. I find that gross in my own home let alone a hotel room where many people have been. I used a wipe to wipe my feet and ankles once I got out of the shower.
We chose this hotel because they serve a hot breakfast. They did not have any hand sanitizer in the breakfast area. There are a lot of commonly used utensils for serving food. Fortunately, I had my own. The breakfast was okay but the eggs tasted gross and the sausages were cold in the middle.
One thing we had to deal with multiple times on a really long drive was public bathrooms, the yucky gas station variety. I was actually pleasantly surprised at the cleanliness of most of them. Some, however, were really gross. We took our 2-year-old and 6-year-old with us on this trip. The 2-year-old is still in diapers so I just changed him when needed in the car. The 6-year-old came with me to use the bathroom. Her hair is long enough to touch the toilet seat, so I took it and tucked it into her shirt. I lined the seat really well before I sat her on it. When we both finished, I used a paper towel to turn the water on and get soap for both of us. I threw that one away and finished washing my hands. I got a clean paper towel to dry my hands, turn the water off, and open the door. The only bathroom that was really, really bad was a Maverik in Flagstaff, AZ. It reeked of pee, it was filthy and it had no soap. I told one of the employees on my way out that they were out of soap and she didn’t care at all. I’ll remember not to stop there again. I went straight to my hand sanitizer and put some on both my and my daughter’s hands.
We visited my husband’s cousins the evening after the 2nd day of my class. It was a really nice visit. My husband hadn’t seen them since he was a little kid and I had never met them. They fed us dinner and let us spend the night at their house. Just as I was getting my plate of food, my 2-year-old started throwing up. I hoped he wasn’t sick and spreading his germs. I suspect he either ate some bad food or it was just motion sickness from all the driving. He threw up twice that night and once the next morning on the way home. He was fine after that. Fortunately, nobody else got sick. I’m really glad I got to meet these cousins. They were really nice and fun to be around.