Before I post about our next adventure, I wanted to mention a couple of things that helped make the road trip to California bearable if not enjoyable! Aside from the stops, snacks, music and movies...we had these two things:
Travel Scavenger Hunt for Kids
My kids really enjoyed this - especially when we were driving through urban areas where there was a lot to see.
But when we were driving through the barren stretches of highway in Nevada - we listened to The Nation by British author Terry Pratchett, performed by Stephen Briggs. I had never heard of this author but when I searched for the top audio books for families - this was mentioned more than once. It was a little slow to get into and it was over 9 hours long! But once we got into it - Addie, Isaac and I were completely hooked! We loved it! Cate and Sarah were a little too young to understand it but they tolerated it. Anyway - I highly recommend this audio verson.
I decided to look into other books by Terry Pratchett. He is a fantasy writer (although I wouldn't categorize The Nation as fantasy) - which definitely is not my favorite genre. He wrote the Discworld series of which there are about 20 or more books! I decided to give the first one a try. I am about halfway through and am enjoying it. We'll see!