My family and I have been on a road trip traveling out West for the last ten days. I was going to wait until we got home to share some of our adventures with y’all but this part of the country is too beautiful, I can’t wait anymore. Here’s a sneak peek of what we’ve been up to for the last three thousand miles.
We made a quick stop in Monroe, Louisiana to see our favorite uncle. Unfortunately, Si wasn’t there so we grabbed a big cup of sweet tea and kept on traveling because we were all anxious to spend some time with our friends in Ft. Worth, Texas.
We spent the next few days on the road until we breezed through Arizona to see…
the Petrified Forest.
Just look at how beautiful the wood is.
The next day we made it to our main point of destination…..
the Grand Canyon! It was my first time, as well for our children, to see the canyon and it exceeded all of our expectations.
Our next stop was Zion National Park near Springdale, Utah.
We hiked through the canyon and made our way through an area called “The Narrows”.
Then we played in this beauty for an evening. It was a perfect ending to a perfect day! Utah holds so much natural beauty. You don’t have to look far or hard to see it either!
During our final morning in the park our baby girl was itching to climb a mountain. Here’s a picture of the highlight of her day……
until we saw these critters! Then we made a quick exit down.
We traveled to the east side of Utah near the Colorado boarder and enjoyed a climate we’re not use to during our summers in the South.
That evening we explored the Arches near Moab, Utah. While in Moab we had the opportunity to learn about their community and how the small town hit the map in the early 1950’s when a man named Charlie Steen discovered Uranium in the rugged mountains of Moab.
The next day we made our way over to Durango, Colorado and got there just in time to catch the last raft down the Animas River. You can’t tell by this picture but our little girl (the runt) was with us too. She would hollar….more, more….yeeehaw! She loved every second of it!
The entire trip has just fallen into place. We never pre-booked a room or made reservations for events and activities. Our main objective in our journey was to show our children a slice of America with all of it’s beauty and we didn’t want to be hindered by a schedule. I will admit I was a little concerned about traveling on the 4th of July and not celebrating the day with family at home. But the day didn’t fail to amaze me, much like the rest of our adventures!
We happened upon a small town 4th of July parade in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. The little guy pictured above was one of my favorites in the parade.
As well as these fellas. Check out their choice of foot wear. You just can’t go wrong with black patent leather flats.
Our independance day was filled with excitement. It was a perfect way to celebrate the spirit of America….our home!
We’re now traveling back to Alabama and we’re still excited about where our journey will take us. I’m kind of hoping for the comfort of my own bed by Monday. We’ll just have to wait and see!
Until we meet again,