Sunday, August 16, 2015
The Long Way Home
We also packed one picnic to eat on the way down. We got to Nashville-ish around lunch on our way to Disney, and shortly before we pulled into town our DVD player broke, and the kids' iPads were almost dead even though we planned to be on the road for 6-8 more hours. We had been on the road since 4:30 am, so the iPads had been champs, and we'd already watched 3 DVDs. Ben and I rallied, and I Yelped a park with a good playground and electrical outlets, thinking we could let eh kids run around while we plugged everything in because our USB car charger wasn't working either (OF COURSE). We drove to the park which was a bit more out of the way than it looked on the map and it was CLOSED for BOMB TESTING. So we picnicked at an elementary school and let the kids play. Then we had mandatory nap time. Then they played DS games. Then everyone bitched and moaned for a couple hours when the iPads finally died. And then we ate dinner at a Panera and charged the Pads long enough to get to 20% battery and coast into Macon for the night. But we even enjoyed all of that. Road trips are fun. (and, I mean, I gave out trinkets whenever we crossed a state line and everyone had coloring books and crayons, and travel bingo cards and books, etc. But still, the iPads and Nintendo DSs were the best.)
We were, of course, excited to get to Disney, and we had luau reservations, so we went as fast as we could.
We had no such constraint on the way home, so we decided to avoid any stretches over 6 hours.
First up: THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS.
Ben would not stop at Dollywood.
Dorothy misses 2 weeks of unfettered access to junk food.