Now, when My Sailor is serving on a submarine, our trips are kept short and local. Travel is difficult to schedule and usually approved last minute - which also tends to make it expensive. So while he's spending more time on shore (and Holiday Stand Down is a thing) we try to make the most of it. That includes making memories and engaging in experiences as often as possible. I suspect it's fairly typical for Military families, and in that aspect, we are much the same.
We started our road trip with a detour to see some of The Impossible Girl's cousins in Seattle. Since she'd spent at least half of the last 3 months sick, she missed them a lot, so we made the trip over to Seattle to see them before starting our journey south.
|Road Trip with a Mermaid Tail blanket from the cousins. Makes for great sleep!|
We were surprised by a heavy flurry of snow on our way out of the city. It was a beautiful way to start a grand adventure that would cover over 2000 miles.
Well worth a visit, there was a LOT for the kids to do to learn about the importance of forests on the planet, and the responsible use of them. Admission was an affordable $5/person, and we could have spent much longer than the hour we had there.
|Other cousins joined us to play.|
|Dollar store felt checker travel set.|
|We also worked on The Impossible Girl's Travel Journal. Our first leg was 460 miles.|
|A neighbor in the Buy Nothing group suggested a sheet pan made a great lap table. Perfect for Lego building on the go!|
Finally we made it to our destination. Hollywood.