The First Leg

If you’ve never made a double digit hour long road trip with a young child, it is possible.

We hit the road around 630 p.m. on Friday night and drove for about eight hours, stopping only for gas and bathroom until around 3 a.m. when we decided, against Toyin’s wishes, to get a hotel. We all slept for about six hours and then we got up, dressed and hit the road again.

The original plan was to drive for 12 hours the first night, rest at a hotel for the day and then drive another 12 hours.

To be honest, it was only partially Annika’s fault that we stopped. I have a hard time sleeping in the car and she woke up cranky when we stopped for gas. It just so happened that in the next parking lot was a hotel.

That was in Tulsa.

The next day, we stopped for gas and lo and behold, I learned an interesting alcohol related fact. One can buy liquor in gas stations in Oklahoma.


It doesn’t really surprise you that my first photo was of alcohol, does it?

We drove for another six hours and then stopped for dinner and leg stretching in St. Louis.


Then today, we spent with Grandma in Ann Arbor at the Children’s Museum, which surpasses the Children’s Museum in Austin by about a million.



  1. Amanda says:

    July 22, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Wow, looks awesome! Kudos to you for surviving that long w a little one in the car. LOL Is that Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum?

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