Friday, August 12, 2016
San Diego (July 29-August 1) - if Megan and I were ever to move to California (not likely, certainly not any time soon), we would likely move to San Diego. The climate seems perfect... mostly sunny, warm without being too hot, some hills, some beaches...lovely all around.
There's baseball, so we could get our sports fix...although, I'm not sure I see myself ever converting to the Padres. And there's some cheap amusement at Belmont Park. It was a lovely city to visit for a couple 3 days and felt like the first place we really started to relax on our mad dash West. 😀
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Monday, August 1, 2016
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Most of the family got some art work today while we were at Belmont Park in San Diego. It's just Henna, but the kids and Megan spent some time making their choices.
Megan got hers on the ankle (a good choice apparently, as each of the kids touched their tattoos before they'd fully dried...but without serious damage), while Sam got his on the outside of his arm. Mikayla and Izzy got theirs on the inside of their forearms. All look pretty good.
It only took a week to get the blog set up on my (Justin's) phone so far. Ok, technically 8 days. In that time we've driven 3200 miles, give or take a few. When pulling the trailer, we average about 6.5-7.1 miles to the gallon. I really, really try not to think about how much gas we will use when it's all said and done....but I take comfort that gas is at least $1 a gallon cheaper then the last big trip 3 years ago.
We have seen 49 of the 50 state license plates (and Montana, we *shall* find thee), plus DC, 3 Canadian provinces (Quebec, Alberta, and Ontario), and a Mexican plate (at least so we think). We were stuck on 47 for a while, but saw both Hawaii and Delaware within 3 blocks of each other on Grand Ave in San Diego...go figure. We've also seen 2 native American plates...didn't know they issued their own!
More in a bit...
We had lunch in the more than 100-year old hotel, and Sam got his junior ranger badge (and was upset it was plastic not metal!)
The views from the watch-tower were amazing!
There are also great vistas on the way back from that drive.
We did go back in the evening to see the enormous expanse of stars! Tomorrow.. To Phoneix!
On the way through Texas we made a gas stop at a town that has the art-deco Conico sign from the movie cars! It's asp part of old Rte 66! We had to stop in and get some photos.
What luck for a random stop! We finally got to Albuquerque and spent the night, ready to leave the next morning for Grand Canyon!
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Landed in Albuquerque, and now onto Grand Canyon!
Sunday, July 24, 2016
We spent the entire day today on I-40. It is not an exciting road. And who knew that neither Arkansas or Oklahoma are flat? What happened to the plain and waving wheat? We did see some wheat, but there were hills and such all around it. We have to stop for gas every 2 1/2 -3 hours.
Kids promise to start writing once there is something interesting to say.