Friday, September 16, 2011

Road Trip - Day 20

The next morning looked a lot like this. Russ sitting in a tiny chair in the corner, with his kids crawling all over him. Nevermind they had an entire room to themselves, including a king-sized bed...they just wanted their dad. Funny kids.

There was much squabbling over who got the prime spot on Dad's lap, and it all turned into this...

We got into the local Space Center for free with our passes, and Sam would not STOP talking about it all morning. So we went.

They had lots of interesting things to look at. Quite a lot, in fact.

Do you know how long it took us to go through this 5 story museum???
APPROXIMATELY 15 MINUTES!!!! All of that belly aching all morning long to come and see it and....we didn't get to see much more than a flash of everything going by. Sigh.

So we headed over to the dilapidated IMAX that was across the parking lot for a movie about the planets, hoping the kids would sit still. They did, for at least half of the half hour movie. Double sigh.

By the time the film was over, it was lunch time. We decided we'd head to the next closest state park and check in, eat lunch, nap, and stay there that night. Well, Russ's GPS wasn't working so well and the signs were awful, so we ended up having to do a U-turn in the middle of nowhere (but on our way to Mexico, ha!).

We decided to just forget this campground and keep driving (although I was super nervous...things didn't turn out so well the last time we'd tried that! lol) to our next scheduled stop. On the way we had to swing into White Sands National Park though. Sam was asleep, so we didn't get to explore but for a few minutes. But isn't it awesome?? It seemed like we should be slipping and sliding all over the road, because it looked so much like snow and ice. Was really quite amazing.

Then we got back on the road and headed to the South Llano River State Park in New Mexico. We weren't too impressed with this place at first, but it grew on us (even though we only stayed one night, lol).

The view from our campsite.

Had to include a photo of my new favorite shoes. I feel so fast in them and love that socks are not a requirement.

"I hungwy."

The kids were having a great time balancing on these posts and having dance contests.

After dinner we decided we needed to do some hiking. I was a bit nervous as the smell of rain was on the air, and these clouds were in the distance...

After their Uncle Chris took them hiking, these kids think that hiking can only be done in the desert on a dirt trail. We were hiking along the Grand Canyon on the paved trail and they refused to believe that it was "real hiking". So they were in heaven with these trails.

This is the Rio Grande. And a storm that was about to electrocute us...we got bookin' real quick after this and even got stopped by a ranger to make sure that we were getting back to camp. It's not good to be the tallest think on the landscape when lightening storms come around...

It was a pretty good day...

1 comment:

  1. Familiar, indeed! What a great road trip you guys took...absurdly long!! ;)