Road Trip NY to MN
We arrived in MN about 36 or so hours after we left NY. We hit some less then great traffic leaving NY, who knew 2pm was a prime time for travel? PA was fine, sometimes it has traffic but this time it didn’t. We slept in possibly the worst hotel in Ohio. I won’t dwell on that sucktastic experience but it was even worse because all 3 kids were awake at 11:30 when we checked in. By 1:30 am when Fiona was nearly asleep Zoe woke everyone (but Niamh) up. Travel tip: get the King suite – then when 1 kid needs to be with you all night in your bed, this is far better then if you are in a double. The hotel continued to disappoint with a lackluster breakfast that had no protein because the only protein was boiled eggs and a big fat guy took 5 or 6, far more then anyone should eat at any weight.
Driving that second day was tedious but fine. I took the role of keeping Lars awake and the kids happy and the one time I drove for 2 hours it was not great because Lars can’t make the kids happy because he can’t yoga himself into the back seats (nor can he lactate). I invented a twist on a car game that kept us interested – it is a twist on the alphabet game but with scoring so it gets interesting. The alphabet game, if you don’t know, is played by one person saying a word and the next person has to say a word that begins with the last letter of that word. A different version is if you are playing with people you use the first letter of their last name.
+ 1 point for correctly carrying on the game in the same theme
– 1 point if you have to change themes (like from place names to animals)
+0 points if you change back to a previously used themes (like going back to place names)
+1 point for a very creative answer – this is awarded by the other person
+1 point for a ‘special’ condition in the category. This actually is the most fun part and got Lars really playing because he loved finding double point answers.
A special condition is something unique to that category but obviously not for 100% of the answers. For us we had the category of animals and the special point was for animals that you have personally eaten. As much as I am a picky eater I have eaten a very wide variety of animals including Tiger, snake, snail, pigeon, horse etc. Travel in foreign countries is great for this category. Who knows if any of you are interested but here are our categories and their special points;
SCA related words (people and stuff) – Special Ultra Cool people and extra grouchy people.
Animals – personally eaten
Game of Thrones – someone/thing who killed someone personally (ordering their death does not count) *we added thing because we feel the sword Ice did plenty of killing
Harry Potter – people who have had a known romantic relationships
Lars did end up winning by 5 points because he in the middle of reading Game of Thrones and I had to remember back 6 months to when I read it. The real win was that it kept us active and alert for nearly 4 hours. Feel free to spread the game far and wide and let me know if you come up with any other good special points.
As always when we finally get to Chicago we felt far better about actually getting home and like every other time we actually talk ourselves into just pushing through. We were home in our nice house by 10:30 local time. Yesterday I tweeted and posted some of the fail of the first day home, I’ll cover that tomorrow. I am proud of us for driving so far with relatively few problems. For the record we kept a 1, 3, and 5 year old entered by;
5 year old – she was easy to keep happy because she had lots of little dolls to play with. Kindle to play her pony game on. A few movies and a coloring book with stickers.
3 year old – I give her a B+ because there were times she was just bored but the kindle time worked well for her too as did playing with a few little dolls. She also took special glee in telling us she had to go to the bathroom because she knew we would stop. You don’t’ want to push that issue much but I did notice she had to go potty just as a Dora episode was wrapping up and didn’t need to anymore if the next Dora promptly started…..
1 year old – we put a phone in a ziplock and hung it where she could see (rear facing still) and she was moderately amused by some baby Einstein. Most of the time she slept or ate or stared out the window. Oh, there was also plenty of protesting from her but mostly when she was tired.
We stopped every 2 or 3 hours to do something and Niamh got it in her head that you were only allowed to go to the bathroom once per state. I figured that out when she kept asking if we were in the next state yet. All in all the trip was not bad but it is not something I want to do again for a long time.