On the Road to the Canyons
(Taken through the front window of the RV)
So last night we stayed at a Walmart parking lot. I’m not gonna lie – it was pretty uneventful. What we lacked in water and electricity hook-ups, we made up for in replenishing our food supply. Oh, and I’m starting to perceive a trend with these nights. They typically go like this:
- Fall asleep exhausted.
- Awake at about 5:00 to either a dog stepping on you, licking you, or clicking their nails on the floor.
- Attempt to fall back asleep (usually successfully).
- Awake (but pretend to still be sleeping) at 6:00 when mom, dad, and grandma are going through cabinets, making coffee, and getting breakfast together.
- Begrudgingly get out of bed, reminding myself both to go to bed earlier and to appreciate more the mornings when I’m home, in my own bed, with nothing to do for the day.
Proof that we actually stayed at a Walmart
So, yes. To summarize the above, we were awake very early, and headed off to Four Corners, UT, CO, NM, & AZ. We spent a bit of time there, taking pictures of standing in four places at once and shopping at the various Navajo and Ute stalls where they were selling their Native American goods. (American Indian? Native American? Apparently they’re undecided, and prefer to be referred to using their tribal affiliation.) Then, before we knew it, we were back in the RV to head to Page, Arizona… It was 10:15 am and we knew we had to be in Page by 12:45 for a raft tour down the Colorado River. It’s a 2.5 hour drive… Continue reading
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The “Oasis” for RVs
(Ours is the one in the middle)
Another day on the road, and what a day it’s been!
We awoke bright and early at the Oasis RV Resort in Amarillo, Texas. (This is where the photo above was taken. It looks like Texas, does it not? And kind of looks like an oasis in the middle of the desert, sans spring of water). We hit the road as soon as we could; after all, we had a full 11 hours to travel to Page, Arizona, including a stop at the infamous Four Corners!
The morning hours passed uneventfully, with more playing of cribbage, as well as the game Fluxx. We also spent time reading and napping (I know… We’re a fun bunch). We finished our drive through Texas and entered New Mexico – the first time I’ve visited this state! The landscape changed almost immediately with the inclusion of plateaus, canyons, and lots of red rocks.
We ate lunch on the road, making sandwiches in the RV, and were just past Albuquerque, NM when suddenly my sisters and I realized we were far warmer than we’d been an hour ago. Actually, we felt warmer than even fifteen minutes prior! Ashley stood up to see if the AC was running just as Katie and I noticed the microwave wasn’t on.
The generator had stopped working.
Yes, that’s right. We were in the middle of the desert in New Mexico with no generator. Roasting by the minute. Toasting, if you will. One of the first thoughts to flash through my mind was, “We’re going to die!” Continue reading
Driving Towards “Oasis”
“Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain…” ~Oklahoma! (Yes, that is Hugh Jackman in the video!)
Last night we spent the night at Village Creek State Park in Arkansas. Our time in Arkansas was brief but interesting, to say the least!
First of all, there was a toad in one of the stalls of the women’s restroom (if you ever visit this park, avoid the first stall! The toad was still there this morning!)
Second, we had to work out sleeping arrangements. I ended up literally sleeping on top of the kitchen table. Continue reading
“Fly Killer” Practicing on Each Other
My blog is about to take on a slightly different style. It will be transitioning into a travel blog as I spend the next 2.5 weeks in an RV with my family, driving around the US. Yes, that’s right. My entire family, plus my grandma and our two dogs, in a confined space for an extended period of time. This should make for some great experiences! I’m hoping this blog takes on a journal-type feel mixed with inspiration from “The Everywhereist” (I highly recommend Geraldine’s blog, if you have not read it) as I document our adventure from landscapes and sights to personal stories and memories for all of us to reference in years to come.
I burst out laughing as my family pulled up to gather me from the Nashville, Tennessee airport in a huge RV, and all I could see what this tiny little white head peeking out the window in front with it’s ears perked up. My family had arrived and, as usual, Bella (our dalmatian puppy) felt it was her job to lead the way. I hopped into the RV and off we went, with barely time to say hello before our dogs pounced! Bella and Abi (our black lab mix) covered me with kisses, and I almost instantly remembered that I had forgotten to take Claritin (darn those dog allergies of mine).
Finally I had a chance to breathe and reconnect with my family, as I haven’t seen them in months. And suddenly, we’re RV-ing! (If that isn’t a verb, it is now!)
Let me tell you, spending your day in an RV is literally only as fun as you make it. Continue reading