I looked at Rad last night and asked him if he could…would keep going on this adventure. His answer was YES! There are some things we would change, and the pace at which we move from site to site would slow way down but we both agreed this has been so great!
We finally made it to Arizona. We camped a few nights at Homolovi State Park in Winslow, Arizona. It was a great stopping point to get restocked, do laundry and take it easy. The park was pretty empty however we met a Canadian couple who were overlanding (driving into remote places with a fully equipped off road vehicle). Rad and I would love to be able to experience that one day so it was a great way to strike up a conversation with them. They ended up coming over to sit around the fire and share their stories with us for hours. The guy is a boat builder and personally outfitted his truck so there was a lot to chat about. We loved the company and meeting people who share our sense of adventure.
Since we were a few hours away from where my parents live, Pop came to hang out with us for a few days. We loved getting out and about with him. We stood on the corner in Winslow, Arizona, “such a fine sight to see” (based on a song from the The Eagles). We also visited the Petrified Forest National Park. Archeologists claim that this highland desert park once resembled current day Costa Rica’s jungle, with massive trees and foliage. The trees fell, and were submerged under river sediment and the organic material was replaced by quartz to make massive petrified logs. THE LOGS TURNED INTO ROCKS! That blows my mind! Just another complex part of God’s creation. We had some fun sights along the way, one being the Wigwam hotel (also seen in the movie “Cars”).
A while ago, we promised the kids that we would find a hotel with a pool and let them swim. Thankfully my Dad’s hotel has a great pool so we let the kids swim their hearts out. Glad we could follow through with that wish and not personally figure out how to get 2 adults, 3 kids and 2 dogs checked into a hotel! The night before we left Winslow, Pop took us all to a restaurant that was once a 1930’s posh stop on the Santa Fe Train Line known for the “Harvey Girls” who were hostesses for weary guests and travelers in the hotel. Not only was the place full of history but we got to dine on some amazing food. It was a great experience to let the kids practice their fancy restaurant manners and it was a great treat!
On our drive to Prescott, Arizona, we stopped at Montazuma’s Well and Castle. This was a place I fondly remember going to with my grandparents. We used to sit and picnic and play in the little streams that flowed along the rocks. It was sweet to share that place with my kids. We are headed to see the grandparents for a bit. We are excited to hike and hang out with them.