On a trip such as this there is huge amounts of time to talk which has been one of the best bits.
There is time to ask questions about puzzling things that puzzle little minds. Some funny things are asked and some things are asked again and again (unfortunately).
'What is the difference between Diesel and Petrol Dad?'
'Would a killer whale kill a shark?'
'Is a sea leopard bigger than an elephant seal?'
'Why would you die if you played in a wheat silo?'
'What is limestone?'
'Will we see a Tasmanian Tiger in Tasmania?'
'Willl we see snow in Tasmania?'
'How many k's left Dad?'
'Would a Komodo dragon kill a crocodile??'
'Where did you and Mum meet Dad?'
'Did you have pets growing up Mum?'
'Why is a killer whale a top predator?'
The list goes on and on.
A trip such as this offers so many experiences and so much stimulation.
It triggers dreams of what to become when you grow up which can change week to week.
It can be quite amusing as well for Frank and I.....
'Ellas dreams of the future involve a farm with chickens, horses, pigs, cows and any other animal she can get her hands on.
It will be animal utopia. No animal shall be harmed. They will breed at their own will and will die only of natural causes.
She will save all the battery hens who have stopped laying from death.
It will be a refuge for harmed native animals.
She points out all the farms for sale to her Dad as we drive along.
Dad suggests that she needs to earn well to have a farm and perhaps becoming a vet might be a good way to achieve this.
James made me laugh at the Fremantle Maritime Museum with his personal discovery.
We had just been on the tour of the submarine and watched a video showing the submarine in action.
He said to me 'Mum I think I know what I want to be when I grow up!!'
Now at this point I am thinking that he is going to tell me that he wants to be a 'Sub-Mariner'
He says to me 'Mum, I am going to be a VENTRILOQUIST when I grow up!"
They had been playing with puppets in the play area which he obviously found hugely enjoyable.
The kids then bought animal shaped oven mitts to practise their 'Ventriloquey' skills with.
We had Kevin the Kangaroo, Alice the Koala and Croccy the Crocodile.
Charlie has become extremely focused on marine life which has been amplified by watching the latest David Attenborough's latest series on TV.
Last week he was going to have a 'Bionicle Farm' when he grows up and today he is going to have a 'Shark Farm'.
I used to think he was heading for a future in Law enforcement but perhaps Marine Biology will be his future.
He seems to align alot with Ella's interests, so being a Chicken Farmer has also been mentioned.
Oh the many joys of a roadtrip!!