I recently wrote a post on my Tips for Road Trippin’ with a Toddler. Well, this past week I had a chance to put them to the test again. We packed up the car and headed north. We left around lunch time and drove straight through the night and arrived at our friends’ home in Connecticut 23 hours later.
Number 1 and number 1a on my list of most important road trip items are DVDs for the kids to watch and snacks for everyone. We had plenty of both. My wife also boiled some eggs for us to take along. That is a long standing road trip tradition with her family growing up. Here I am enjoying one of these hard boiled eggs.
We stopped for a late picnic lunch and enjoyed the breathtaking views of the cars driving past the I-95 rest area. We were about 4 hours into the trip and everyone was glad to get out and stretch our legs.
After we ate, we ran around and played a quick game of tag before getting back in the car. There was some heavy rain coming and we needed to get on down the road. Some four hours later we needed to stop for dinner, a vote was taken and a unanimous decision was made for Cracker Barrel.
Nightfall came and gave us a rather uneventful night except for a 3:30am gas station bathroom run outside of Washington D.C. I’m sure the gas station attendant questioned why we had 4 little kids up at 3:30am. Sunrise came somewhere around Philadelphia and we scooted through NYC and into Connecticut to our destination sometime around noon.
We had finally arrived. It was great to see our friends and catch up and let our kids play together. Then the best part was when the kids went to bed and all us adults could stay up late and party a little bit.
Or maybe we all just passed out early. It was definitely one or the other that happened. The next morning though we went to a wonderful kids museum called Kidcity. Our kids absolutely loved it and could have spent the next two days there. Anyone within an hour of Middletown, CT should go check it out. Here are our guys posing outside the museum.
After that it was off to visit some other friends. Everyone was so hospitable to us and it was great to see some of our dear friends. On our last day there we spent the morning with yet another dear family and enjoyed some time at a lake and a splash park. Here is the crew eating lunch between the lake and the splash park.
It was a wonderful whirl-wind trip even if it did take us almost as long to get there and back as we spent there. The only bummer of the whole trip happened right before we were to leave to head back. Our youngest fell and hit his mouth and 2 of his teeth went completely through his bottom lip. We all felt so bad. Here is a picture of the poor guy the next day at a picnic stop on the way home. Of course, he wouldn’t properly pose to show me the underside of his lip.
Then of course we finished off with the long drive back home. We were able to make better time and shave an hour off the trip.
Overall it was a great time to see old friends and I was able to satiate my road trip itch for a while. I was also able to catch-up on a few podcasts from the Dad Bros whom I really enjoy.
Any of you have any road trips coming up? Where to?