To say I was a little apprehensive of doing a five-hour road trip with the boys would be an understatement. Lion Cub is happy to sit in his car chair and nap when he gets tired, Monkey is a little terror. He hates being confined to a car chair for any amount of time and refuses to sleep.
Friday morning after we packed the last of our bags into the car, with me sitting between the boys on the back seat, off we went.
The boys were due for a nap half an hour later. So when they started to look tired I tucked them in with a blanket each. Lion Cub had his nijntjie (rabbit sleep soother) and Monkey his dudu-doek (a toweling nappy) and both went straight to sleep. The sleep training has worked getting them to fall asleep by themselves and the hum of the road seemed to lull them. They slept for almost two hours. When they woke up I had their snack ready.
This is the secret to a contented road trip…new and interesting finger foods. The favourites were:
A peanut butter sandwich
Penne with tomato pesto and grated cheese
Fruit flavoured puffs
Biltong (similar to jerky) and droëwors (a type of dried sausage)
Dried mango which is always a favourite
Vienna sausages (yes, the root of all evil I know, but I figure one every year or so won’t do any damage)
Mashed broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and cheese
I managed to keep them entertained for a good few hours just by giving them new foods to try.
We had toys packed in a bag that didn’t even get opened. They played with a ball each without any fuss.
There was a quick stop in Harrismith for coffee and a stretch. The boys were fascinated by the cars going past.
We arrived at Tendele in the Royal Natal National Park in the early afternoon with two happy babies. The Drakensberg was beautiful, the weather perfect and we all had a good rest.
The boys were on their best behaviour, the napped well even when we were hiking back from the Cascades.
It was a thoroughly wonderful weekend with a successful drive there and back. No meltdowns.
Our next road trip will be the 13 hour drive down to the coast which seems very possible all of a sudden.