A week ago, I made a quick blog post about the drive my kids and I were about to undertake from Alberta to Wisconsin. I'm happy to say we arrived on time, in one piece, and have been spending our time visiting family and enjoying some nice weather. There will be more posts and photos of our time coming soon, but in the meantime I wanted to share a few from along the way.
Each morning we got up around 5am, ate a quick breakfast, and kicked off our boots to hit the road for around eight hours of drive time. The weather was incredibly cold and windy, so we spent most of our brief pitstops trying to quickly walk the dog before retreating to the truck to eat snacks.
It seemed like every small prairie town we passed brought requests to stop and stretch. We managed a quick picnic lunch in a blustery parking lot before needing to hide again from the gusts. McDonald's made for a little treat in our southern Saskatchewan hotel after the hard work of unloading us and all of our stuff.
A Lego book made a fun surprise present for a 5th birthday, and an empty playground at a rest stop in Minnesota was a welcome sight for small eyes. We bought a new booster for a big kid and did an emergency carseat swap after a bout of carsickness in order to finish the last hours of the drive.
The miles were long, a little loud, and filled with plenty of Dora the Explorer, but we survived. We're now soaking up every bit of downtime we can, because in another two weeks we
get have to do it all again to head home.