What a great "morning work" activity! Show students a picture & have them make 5 observations, 5 inferences, and then 5 predictions. Clarifies those processes &--depending on the picture!--can be a great way to get them thinking and engaged on a topic.
road trips... nothing will define you quicker, will define you clearer - than a road trip. I have found my heart, lost my heart, and had my heart broken on road trips. But, in retrospect, I do not regret the miles that I have put in.