So I didn't get to go to the beach today. It's cold in California in the morning, and by the afternoon we wanted to be on the open road. We did however check out "Seaport Village" a cute collection of shops by the ocean, designed to suck in tourists looking for fun souvenirs. I think Burlington is definitely missing a kite specialty shop.
Then we drove across the desert again. This time we had air conditioning in the car because Adam purchased a magic potion at Walmart to get it going again. I didn't take a picture of my family next to a cactus, as I had intended, but I wasn't really willing to get out of the car into the 110 degree heat (that's 43 degrees Canadian). And you never know when there's a rattlesnake lurking. I did get a nice pic of William peeing by the side of the interstate. Too much time between rest stops for a preschooler's bladder.
We had some trouble getting child number two to sleep at my in-laws' house in Surprise. They don't have a crib, obviously. I tried to get her to lie down on a thermarest but she kept getting up. I tried simulating the crib feel with couch cushions...no dice. Finally, Adam made a make-shift crib out of dining room chairs. Jadzia could totally climb out if she wanted to, which sucks because we are out of options. Thankfully, she didn't climb out and finally fell asleep (after much protest).
William was a little easier to put down, but then he had a busy day of screaming, crying, and throwing shoes at my head (the second half of an eight hour drive is always the worst).
Tomorrow: flying home.