Here begins the chronicles of our summer road trip to Colorado. My dad's family decided to have a long awaited reunion this year in Colorado. That meant we were pretty obligated to go with our month old baby. After much planning we all agreed on a spot in Southern, CO that was about 9 hours from Phoenix, if we had driven straight through. To make the trip easier on ourselves and our kids, we broke the trip into a few days. We made the first leg easy by driving just two hours up to stay the night in Flagstaff. We stopped once for gas and pie at the Rock Springs Cafe--a worthy stop... mostly because of the pie.
The kids were all troopers in the car. Jimmy tends to get car sick so many forms of entertainment are out for him (ie: no reading, iPad, movies, etc). Last summer an Auto Bingo card from the Michael's dollar bins had saved our trip to the beach, but alas Michael's had none this year. I managed to find a pack of 12 cardboard cards at Smeeks and once again they were a hit. The whole family played this time (okay, not Nora). I feel bad that Jimmy gets sick, but I also like that it forces us to travel the way my parents would have had to back before so much technology was available. We play lots of good old road trip games like "I Spy" and "20 Questions" and "The Alphabet Game." I like that we are all forced to talk to one another. Turns out the baby ended up being the easiest of all three kids. I guess it figures.
We stayed at the very awesome Little America Hotel (I highly recommend when going to Flagstaff). Erin, Danny, and my Dad all met us up there and stayed there, too. After we checked in, we found a place to eat downtown and we found the Burches who had come up a bit earlier. We got ice cream for the kids and then headed to the Lowell Observatory to check out the stars.
We got to see the giant telescope and they demonstrated how the whole roof moves, but they weren't using it for viewing that night because of weather and clouds and things I don't understand. We could see plenty of beautiful stars with our own eyes and they had a smaller telescope set up to view Saturn. Jimmy was amazed that we could see the rings! There was also a little museum exhibit in the main building that the boys had fun playing around in. I enjoyed the computer program that showed you how much of the world different sized Comets and Asteroids would wipe out. You can put it on your own address and see how much damage the smallest of Asteroids would do. While creepy to see our neighborhood destroyed, it was fun to imagine the Walmart being demolished. I didn't show that to my kids hence the happy faces you see below (so happy to be able to put their sweatshirts from Nana on).
The beds at Little America were so cozy that none of us wanted to wake up bright and early and get back on the road, but we did it anyway.
Some a little faster than others...
Jimmy was excited because there was a bridge on the Auto Bingo card that he thought was going to be hard to find. I called it first, but that little smarty pants noticed that there were actually two bridges next to each other so he was pretty proud. We stopped for a photo opportunity with said bridge. That brown ground behind us is actually a river. I took us awhile to believe it as well.
Our next stop was just a bit before Tuba City at a little road side "trap" called Dinosaur Tracks.
Guess what they have there?
Here the boys are standing in what is supposedly a T-Rex track.
(The rocks are laid out to help identify it)
We stopped a lot to get pictures so be thankful I only posted these few.
We thought it might be more fun for the kids.
Jimmy says he "likes old fashioned things" so he wanted me to take a picture with the kitchen.
(That's my boy!)
She is a good photo buddy. Much better than my husband who is usually annoyed by such things.
Nora was such a good sport for having to stay in that seat for so long. She had to suck on my thumb quite a few times to tide her over until our next stops, but I have no complaints. No major pukes and only one time on the whole trip did we have to pull over just to let her nurse. Thank you God for this little blessing.Okay, one last scenic shot:
Fortunately, it happened right when we were stopping at this lovely scenic overlook: