We went on our first big road trip with the Tesla, using the supercharger network last week.
Our first one! It was a mostly pleasant drive, with the kids entertaining themselves pretty well, and the chargers being located in excellent spots for where we were headed. We stopped at the same three both ways, but we probably only needed to stop at two.
I've been trying to teach the kids to pack actually entertaining things in their bags for road trips, but Davis packed the plastic laptop and then refused to put anything else in them (Moira did a lot better) so I packed an extra bag of books and little toys. We moved Moira up next to Davis so she could be more comfortable and hear us better, and the kids could share snacks. Also so there was more room for luggage.
That turned out to be an even better idea then expected because the AC quit right before our third charger, in the mountains, in the middle of nowhere. Neither of the kids complained about how hot the car got, after we figured out what happened and started rolling down the window. We also started having a couple of warning messages pop up, probably because it was hot and we were climbing a mountain.
We went to the Seventh Mountain Resort, which is a place we used to go when I was a kid, mostly because Mt Bachelor is open for skiing for a really long time, so Dad could ski while Mika, Mom, and I would do summery things. Like horesback ride!
Moira is still too young for the trail rides, but we showed up early for the pony rides, and she got to help get them ready to be ridden, including leading her favorite one out to the pony "trail."
Davis wanted nothing to do with the ponies. But he liked these chairs.
What he really loved was the mini golf. Which was much harder then I remembered because the course wasn't paved, so there had been some ground shifting since it was created. I think we all played at least three times, and Davis did five.
Me at the version of this same course from the 80's!
We spent a lot of time at the pool on the first day. Davis flat out refused to enjoy it on the second, but Moira got to spend time there on our own for a bit, and then Walker stayed with her while I took Davis back to the room.
There were a number of things we could rent or borrow, we picked croquet, and then Walker insisted that Moira hold her mallet correctly, and the kids got a little squirrely before the end of the game. But we had fun, and we managed to keep Davis from stealing everyone's balls.
There is an "arcade" at the resort too, with an air hockey table, a shooting game, ping pong, a riding rocket ship and then some crane machines. Both kids kept agitating to go back after our first trip, but Walker and I had a better suggestion.
Family Fun Center! Walker and Moira were able to go for a gokart ride in the same kart. Davis and I got started on the arcade games, and he hit a jackpot. We spent awhile there playing various things, including a PacMan themed air hockey table that occasionally filled the table with lots of tiny pucks. It also had four paddles so we could all play.
And there was a regular sized mini golf course, which was a little too big for how close to dinner it was, but everyone made it through. Moira even made one of the holes in two shots, which beat both Walker and I.
On our way home, I insisted that we stop at least one touristy thing, so we went to the Detroit Lake dam. Moira liked it, but then when strangers offered to take our picture, she decided not to play along and hid behind me.
The rest of the ride home was a little rougher then on the way there, because Davis was overtired and everyone was hot. We ended up having to stop at a random exit in Washington because Davis was screaming "ow ow ow!" and we discovered this little, falling apart playground.
The kids got bored of it quickly, and so we suggested we walk down to the river, where there was a surprise beach! That find definitely fixed the cranky moods. When we needed to move on we had to bribe them with milkshakes at the next charger, which turned into icees by request.