While the girls are away, the boys will do their best to... nap sufficiently, and in the absence of that, drive far away so the Manimal gives up and sleeps and we arrive at a waterfall.
So yea, the girls left us, as you've already learned, a couple weeks back. They left in the morning on a Friday, and Manimal and I went to the zoo right away:
Unfortunately, after all that fun, Manimal fell asleep on the ride home. Well, that's all fine and good, but when we arrived at home, he perked up, "Mommy!?" and wanted to say hi. But Mommy was on a plane. So instead, we fed the manimal more (this is a common technique in our household). And then we tried napping in a bed. Mommy was mentioned once or twice more. Sleeping did not happen. After trying unsuccessfully for a couple of hours, I finally tossed him in the car and I decided to drive. I didn't have a plan going into it, just, let's go somewhere, maybe you'll sleep. But after thinking for a few, I decided we should drive to a waterfall. Alli'd sent me a list of waterfalls you could drive to from Nashville on a couple of occasions, so I sorted through a list, and chose what I thought was closest- at Rock Island State Park. My information said 1 hr 20 mins. Two hours later, I arrived, and at this point it was after 5 p.m. We hit the first gas station we could find, where I woke up Manimal (he went to sleep about 5 mins into the drive) and loaded up on healthful dinner options. You know, chex mix, toastchees, beef jerky, that sort of thing. And finally we headed to the falls. As I pulled up at 5:50 I saw the sign indicating the park closed at 6. Ugh. I got out though, and saw this view: