So, the Nicholes will be embarking on a long distance trip, hitting up Birmingham, Alabama, New Orleans, Louisiana, possibly Houston, Texas, and Memphis, Tennessee. Whew. That almost made me tired just typing. We are, if you haven’t realized, driving.
*let that marinate*
Driving with a two year old, a ten year old, and a mommy pregnant with twins, and a dad who gets six hours of sleep each night at best. Now, we are no strangers to long distance travel at all. Having been to New York, New Jersey, D.C., Maryland, North Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, and Wisconsin, we are used to being in a car for long periods of time. We’re just now adding a toddler, because all of the previous trips, she was an infant, and slept for the better parts of the trips, and a pregnant mama who has to get out almost every two hours to stretch her legs and use the rest stop facilities. It’s going to take a LOT of planning at best, and strategic stops. For the most part, I am SO excited. we’re hitting states that we haven’t been to ever, and my son gets to add pins to his US map.
I’m not ashamed to say, that I am mostly excited about the culinary experience that we are going to have in New Orleans. I’m looking forward to po boys, beignets, shrimp, oysters, food, food, and more food. Did I mention that I’m looking forward to the food? I’ve already cleared my seafood consumption with my doctor and I was told what I have to avoid which of course includes tuna (but who wants to eat TUNA in NEW ORLEANS?) and some other exotic fish. I can live with that.
Anyhow, I’m wondering, I’m pretty versed in long distance car travel, but not under our current circumstances. We’ve already planned to leave in the evening, so that we can get most of our driving done while the ladybug sleeps. We’ve also decided to have plenty of snacks on hand for ALL of us and to just take it easy. No rushing to get there, no pushing the limit when we Papa Nicholes gets tired, and no trying to fit fifty million things into one day. We’re going to enjoy this vacation. We can, we will, we must.
Do any of you travel long distance in cars? How do you survive? How about when you were pregnant? How about when your wife was pregnant? How about when you had a toddler? What methods did you use? Share with us!