|happy during the first hour|
We packed up last Wednesday morning and headed for our first stop--Sacramento. I had looked up a few good stops between here and Tahoe so that we could do something fun to wear out G (so that she'd nap in the car). Fairytale Town was the clear winner--it was cheap, had animals, and was not out of the way.
It was also a slight disappointment. The castle moat (and crocodiles inhabitants) was closed for repairs...bummer. We were unaware of this fact, prior to our arrival.
The first hour of our trip was pretty smooth. G read books, sung songs, looked out the window, ate some snacks, and we cruised on. Fairytale Town is right across from a little pond with plenty of geese and ducks for your viewing pleasure. We decided to eat our picnic lunch there. Of course, we and our food attracted the feathered friends, much to G's delight. At one point, I feared we were going to be attacked, but we survived thanks to a family across the way who decided to feed the birds (so they all took off in a huge flapping hurry). G was already tired at this point, but we wanted to make sure she was worn out and ready to nap, so we trotted around Fairytale town, looking at animals, taking a ton of pictures, and making animal noises.
|she loves driving anything, especially Farmer Brown's tractor|
|her absolute favorite thing was the water pump at Jack & Jill's hill|
|enjoying watering Mr. McGregor's garden for Peter Rabbit|
|Checking out the 3 Little Pigs|
To make a long story short, she did not nap. She only screamed. No matter what we did. It was MISERABLE. Our road trip was looking pretty rough at this point. My husband and I are used to dealing with / ignoring screaming that we can't do anything about, but that doesn't mean we enjoy it. at least the scenery was beautiful.
Literally 10 miles from our first night's hotel--in Squaw Valley--she fell asleep. We drove by our hotel and then down to Lake Tahoe (another 15 minutes) to let her sleep more. She woke up after about a 35 minute nap, not completely refreshed, but definitely in a better mood. We explored a pebble beach, touched the water, talked to the water ski people for the next day, and then headed to our hotel.
|she loved it, even though it was cold|
|happy to see water, mountains, and boats all at once!|
|Is that a UFO in the sky???|
|we just imagined it with snow|
|she's getting good as smiling on command|
|they brought her food with a HUGE spoon, thankfully they brought a smaller one when we asked|
|my amazing dinner (homemade beef gravy)|
|my husband's awesome sandwich|
|they have a mini-golf course throughout the shopping + dining area--I loved this shot of G standing on one leg|
Highlight of Day 1: G's excitement + the beauty of seeing Lake Tahoe for the first time
Major bummer of Day 1: screaming, duh
Lesson Learned: Plans are futile with a toddler, seriously
--I thought the planned stop would help her take a solid nap in the car. False
--I thought having a separate room for G to sleep in would make the night better. False.