Naia ended up doing fine on the road thanks to (1) a CD of favorite songs made just for that trip that both kids listened to happily 7 times in a row, (2) loads of snacks, (3) a cheapo hand fan from the Dollar store covered in golden thread and sparkly beads. Whatever works, right?
Our friends are in New Paltz which is a gorgeous slice of the world covered in organic farms and mountains and funky shops and old barns. Their house is in the woods and has a waterfall in the backyard (which both of my kids can not stop talking about!) We had such a lovely time playing and apple picking and canning and knitting and exploring.
A highlight was learning to how to make dyes from local plants from a lovely lady in our friend's homeschool group.
Here's our finished clothing dyed with black walnuts, onion skins, and golden rod flowers (which also makes a delicious tea). (For anyone interested, we used the book Wild Color as a reference)
I don't think we're ready for a cross country trip just yet in our wee Honda Civic, but I loved hitting the road with my kiddos. I hope Naia becomes as good a traveler as Zach so we can road trip some more in the future.