I love the beauty of the morning as you're driving down the highway. 12 hour drives are a little long. The first 9 hours are okay. Those last 3 are killer. But the freedom-feeling of traveling makes up for long drives.
Breakfast at McDonalds per usual.
We encountered rain at our first rest stop. The kids ran up against the "wall" of rain.
The kids loved the swing Aupa put up in the "family tree".