One important thing to remember about learning with your children on the road is that you don't have to study up on everything ahead of time. The experience itself can certainly spark interest in further study as well. Which is why we went ahead and ordered another California Missions book and a book called Roadside Geology of Northern and Central California even after our travels. With the help of memory and photographs, we will continue to explore and study some of our favorite things for a long time to come.
While we were on the road, they really enjoyed being quizzed on what they could remember from each of the Missions we visited - particularly some distinguishing characteristics from each. I particularly remember waiting for our dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory in San Jose while we went through several rounds of this "game" which I'm sure will make it easier to remember some of the details today.