Please forgive the LONG post that follows. It was a LONG trip. And trust me, I've been discriminating in what I've shared... there's so. much. more.
From November 10-December 3 we went on a HUGE road trip. As is often the case, perhaps especially when traveling with a preschooler, picture taking decreased dramatically as the trip progressed, but... nonetheless we have several pics to share. In fact, all of us were equipped for photo taking. We wrapped up presents for every long driving day of the trip. These were various things that we thought could be entertaining for the car ride ranging from very small and insignificant to more substantial/significant. The very first present of all was Caroline's very own, genuine, kid-tough, digital camera. She was delighted. We have yet to download the pics from her camera and unfortunately she deleted the first sequence of pics. It was hilarious--- a series of interior shots of car interspersed with shots of the front door. What a kid thinks when waiting for parents to finish packing and closing up the house for the month we'll be gone. "Car, Car, Car, Car, DOOR, Car, Car, DOOR, car, car, car, DOOR, DOOR (WHERE ARE THEY???), Car, DOOR, Car, DOOR..." We don't have her pics to share right now, but you'll see several pics of her taking pics!
Here she is all ready to go, camera in hand. No worries. She didn't ride sans carseat in the front seat!
We got new (to us) tires on the car in Williams, Arizona MANY hours after first having the tire issue diagnosed and shortly before sunset got on our way to southern California. In addition to the bright side of saved gas mileage, we also avoided L.A. rush hour. Hey, gotta count your blessings. Somehow I failed to take pictures of the tow rides... perhaps i knew we'd never forget... We arrived LATE at night at the Fleischman residence, Judy was my sixth grade teacher. She had a full meal waiting for us and most comfortable bed for which we were most grateful. We had a lovely visit in Ventura county, staying through the next morning, before heading on our way. One shot from before we left... SO grateful for our time with these beautiful people! (And in case I'm not saying it enough... we felt this way about EVERYONE we stayed with!!!!! SO GRATEFUL!)