My sister and I are both in our mid fifties, relatively healthy and capable of making this trip; we drove. Aside from paying our respects to our stepmother's dear aunt, we also have a bit of time to visit with our family here in Illinois.
Death of family and friends can impact our lives at any moment. We don't know if this visit with our father, or 2 of our brothers or our stepmother will be our last; we pray that it won't be; but the realization of that possibility looms larger with each passing minute at this point in our lives.
It is a bit sad that we wouldn't chose to make this quick trip, just because, but, time spent with family, for whatever reason, is not time wasted.