You're looking at approximately five hundred pounds of clothing, bedding, diapers, toys, the kitchen sink, etc. And if that's not enough stuff, check out the set-up I put together for Sammy in the back seat:
If you're ever attempting a long road trip with a toddler, I cannot recommend enough the importance of the bag of toys and snacks kept within arm's reach so that you may
Okay, so on to day one: We set out from northern Virginia at about 10 am--our destination that day was Bulls Gap, Tennessee, about seven hours away just past the Virginia/Tennessee border. If I'm going to be in the car for hours on end, I like to make random pit stops at places just to break the monotony of it all, whereas CH likes to drive straight on; if you're lucky, he may even stop once for a restroom break (I'm only partially joking). This is why I'm convinced that having to drive our vehicles separately on this trip single-handedly saved our marriage, but I digress. I had checked out a map the night before and decided that day one's pit stop would take place in Natural Bridge, Virginia, with a side stop at a funky little diner just for fun.
There was a huge King Kong sculpture in front of the diner just in case you didn't notice the big pink building as you drove by.
After a delicious lunch of roast beef and mashed potatoes, Sammy and I made our way to the actual Natural Bridge for which the town was named: this geological formation is an impressive 215 feet high, about 40 feet thick and spans 90 feet--it's so structurally sound that it actually serves as a bridge for Route 11, which is kind of crazy when you think about it. There's a bit of a pricey entrance fee to go and see it, but at least Sammy was free of charge so I put him on my back and we made our way down to the site. It really is quite monumental--my photos don't even begin to do it justice.