Aug 21 2007


In a short time, John, Cole, and I will be traveling to Humboldt, from where John and I graduated college and lived for about 6 years. We will be visiting some lovely friends and their two delicious children. We are VERY excited, both to be seeing our friends again and to be seeing the place again. This will be the first time we’ll have been back since we left in 2003.

So- to the point. Though we are very excited, we are also dreading this trip hideously. You see, Humboldt is roughly an 8 hour car ride away from where we live now. And Cole is roughly 22 months old.

How the fuck are we going to survive 8 hours trapped in a car with a totally pissed-off (almost) 2 year old? Really- any, ANY suggestions are welcome.

And, maybe it’s bad that I’m asking but- is it wrong to drug your child for the good of the rest of the family?


  • By Beth Fish, August 21, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

    We’ve survived all of our car trips (mostly) thanks to a portable DVD player and Elmo.

  • By heels, August 21, 2007 @ 4:30 pm

    Ahhh yes- the hypnotic powers of Elmo, known to Cole as “Melmo.”

    Very good suggestion, indeed!

  • By sunShine, August 22, 2007 @ 12:03 pm

    Portable DVD players are great. Also new small toys. If you can try to drive at night or at least part of the trip at nap-time. When we went to the beach we left close to bed-time and drove half-way there and then stayed at a hotel and drove the rest of the way the next day. It made it a little easier on the babe. We will be going on vacation the end of next month and our ride will be about 6 hours. We are gonna try and do the same thing then too. It just makes it easier on everyone to drive while the babe is asleep!

  • By Anonymous, September 3, 2007 @ 10:17 am

    First off, sorry I’ve been an absentee blog reader lately. I have no good excuse.

    Secondly, I’m so jealous you’re going to Humboldt! (Did you already go?) I recently met someone who lived in Arcata for a time and it has really made me miss the place and the people. I hope you have/had fun. Give the family you are visiting all big hugs for me.


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