For those who don't know, there is a whole section of YouTube dedicated to elevator videos (by which I mean videos of people riding in elevators). Alex's favourites are by DieselDucy, who has posted multiple videos of the Roanoke Market Parking Garage elevators.
Due to some traffic blockages (a brush fire and a truck accident), we didn't arrive in Roanoke until almost 4, despite having started our day at 6 am. It was actually a fairly tense time for Dave and I. We'd worried about the timing and had made sure that we had an extra day built in for travel just in case we got to Roanoke and the garage was closed for the day.
We also wondered if the elevator would live up to the hype in Alex's mind. He's been nagging us non-stop for two years about this elevator. Would he be let down by the experience?
Easy answer: no. The only other time I have seen him this delighted and excited was when he got to meet Princess Ana and Queen Elsa at Disney. We rode each of the two elevators twice, shooting our own video footage. (Alex has his next elevator target in mind: the City DartRail Station elevators in Dallas, Texas.)
The last day of driving will be the big test. No more special stop to look forward to and six previous days of a lot of family-togetherness. If any day is going to be full of cranky meltdowns, that will be the one.