The trip was last minute. Early in the NHL Playoffs I made a promise to my wife and son that if the LA Kings (and our friend, BC’s own Willie Mitchell) made it to the Stanley Cup Finals that I would take the family on a road trip so that we could watch a game and go to Disneyland. I don’t think anybody in Vancouver was cheering louder for the Kings to get there than we were and when they did we piled into our Highlander Hybrid and hit the road!
Our son, Arlo, has been a great little traveller over the years, but with a five year old on a 50 hour drive all bets are off. However my concerns about things possibly going sideways were put to rest after our first super long day of driving. He was close to angelic, partly due to my wife bringing along a big bag of goodies wrapped up like gifts! Every couple of hours he’d get a new thing to open (Rubik’s cube, travel checkers, silly putty, a maze book etc) and to keep him busy when he got bored of looking out the window. I’d recommend this to any parent going on a long drive with kids and don’t want them playing on the iPad the entire trip (we also entertained him with the iPad on and off, but the gifts/games were crucial).
We also made plenty of stops. At this one pictured below at a rest stop in Northern California we spotted a baby snake right at the foot of this sign! I read the rattlesnake warning to him and told him to look out for them, and immediately he pointed out a little green snake slithering there. He was convinced it was a rattler, and I let him believe that it “might have been one”, though I don’t believe they’re green. Hehe.