Day 8 – Almost there

Day 8 Travel

This day was a travel day. We had a lot of ground to cover. Originally, we had planned to go back in to Yellowstone for part of this day and arrive late at our hotel but after a nice full day before in Yellowstone, we were content to move on and enjoy a longer evening at our hotel.

I thought this may be a good time to mention what we do to keep busy in the car. Here’s a short list:

  • Audiobooks – we listened to a lot of Laura Ingalls Wilder, some Adventures in Odyssey
  • Music (CDs)
  • Kids watched a few movies until our power adapter petered out
  • 30 minute turns on the iPad
  • Surprisingly, besides CJ, the kids have barely slept on car rides

Now on to the day’s events:

  • Filled up on continental breakfast
  • Saw some more moose while loading up the van
  • Headed out on I-90 for our loooooong travel day
  • Stopped at Perkins for lunch (Hey, we have those in Ohio!)
  • EL Facetimed with her friend back home from the van
  • Made jokes about the town called Butte
  • Crossed through Idaho and celebrated crossing the state line into Washington!
  • Drove through mountains, mountains, mountains
  • Made to East Spokane & checked in at the Residence Inn (Our hotel of choice)
  • Played at Discovery Park that we found through online research
  • Came back and ate dinner at the hotel – kids were cranky and rowdy – Mom and Dad questioned whether or not this was a good idea
  • Dad and EB ran to Panera across the street to get snacks for later while others got ready for the pool
  • Had the hotel pool to ourselves
  • Watched a movie, ate our snacks, and went to sleep

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