So our day started out at 7am getting everybody up and loading up the suburban. I had hoped to leave at 8am, but we didn't get on the road until 9am which is still ok. The kids and I said goodbye to Chad and off we drove. I had my friend Leesha and my cousin Shelisa to help me on this drive, and I am extremely thankful for that because it made it possible to drive 24 hours a day that way with someone else taking care of the kids needs instead of just me! Well we made it about 60 miles when I realized I had not packed a single diaper or wipe for Mason.....ummm, ya that was not great :)!!! Luckily Anchorage was still in front of us and we stopped there to pick some up, and for our second potty break, ya we had a few of those along the way. I also remembered that I had not packed my purse, luckily it had just been washed so nothing important was in it, and the wii system for the kids to play at grandma's house! Not too bad I guess when you are packing for 7+ months, but still missed them all the same. After Anchorage we made it to a little town about an hour before Glen Allen and everyone had to go potty again. Then at about 9pm we made it to the border crossing. I handed the lady all our passports and she asked where my letter from the father was stating that he would allow the children to come with me across the border. Um, ya, I don't have one of those....."well don't you know you need one because there have been so many trying to steal kids?" No, I had no idea!!!! "Well do you have your husband's phone # so we can reach him and hopefully get you on your way?" Yep, but I just talked to him about an hour ago and he was in a spot where the cell phone was not working....so I guess just give the #'s a try and I will hope that you reach him!!!! 20 minutes later she came out to the car with our passports and said that she had talked to Chad and all was well. We were on our way again. By this time I had been driving for 12 hours and I kept driving until 10 miles from Haines Jct. and about 12am. Leesha took over. and drove for 2 more hours to Whitehorse, and then Shelisa drove for 30 minutes, before I took over again. We made it to Watson Lake at 6am!! Some of it was slow driving, and really hard because in new construction sites where the road had been repaved they had not added the lines yet and when you passed someone coming the opposite direction the road just disappeared!!! Lots of people would not turn off their brights which also made for really difficult driving. And that is the end of day 1!
Mason saying goodbye
Leesha getting ready to sit for a while!
The girls all settled in their seats for the long ride
at turnagain pass
Right before Matenuska glacier
Photo's courtesy of Leesha Keener....mine are still on the camera and my kiddo have it in Wyoming right now!