Some people had warned us against taking Violet on this long road trip, but so far, so good. We left NYC at 12:30 in the afternoon (later than we had expected) on Wednesday, did some brief sightseeing in DC and had dinner there with friends, and stayed our first night in a hotel south of Richmond. Then it was a relatively short drive to Raleigh, where we stayed Thursday night with more friends. Violet was a bit crankier on the long haul from Raleigh to Jacksonville on Friday, but it wasn't anything that stopping to feed her couldn't cure. So that leg took 11 hours - longer than it would usually take, but we could afford to be leisurely. Now we're at my parents for a few days before heading down to Sue's parents for a few more days. Sadly, I don't think I'm going to be able to get a job driving around the country visiting people, so we're eventually going to have to come back home. Drat.