So the first leg of two day trip went rather well. Grant hasn't been on this trip since he was 5 months old. We were expecting a lot screaming, crying, general unhappiness, and napping (that we anticipated making for a rough night at the hotel). And guess what? It was the complete opposite. Grant had so much fun pointing out trucks, tractors (construction equipment), and motorcycles that he didn't seem to mind the ride at all. He didn't take his first nap until about 3 1/2 hours in to the trip.
Grant woke up just in time for a crappy lunch at Denny's. Actually I guess mine was the only crappy meal. You'd think if it took them 30 minutes to get our food out then my hash browns should have been cooked. Oh well. Lesson learned!
After that we were off again. We had purchased a DVD player for my car thinking we would bust it out as a last resort when Grant became a Holy terror...which he didn't. So I decided to pop in a movie for him during some very slow traffic (like crawling for two hours slow) as a treat. Amazement! He looked like he was torn between enjoyment at the movie and distrust of how a "tee-bee" suddenly appeared in the car.
Our biggest obstacle was finding a hotel for the night. The one we had planned to stop at was full...along with all others in the area. So we had to drive another two hours (ish) to one we finally found that had a room. Another lesson learned. But the extra driving put us in really good shape for the second day of travel.
The hotel ended up being quite nice and comfy. Always a pleasant surprise when you find them in one of those coupon books you find at rest stops (it can really go either way). We had already had dinner so Grant had a snack, bath, we read and it was to bed with us all.
Here's hoping day 2 goes that well!
The second day was slightly frustrating but not as long. We had made it quite far the first day so we took our time knowing how early we were. The frustration came from Grant being stuck in the car again and us not being able to do much about it. The result was an increased use of the new DVD player and stops that were a little bit longer. But we made it!