Saturday, May 23, 2015

{spring break 2015}

Day 1: We decided to do something fun for Spring Break and visit Aunt Katie and Uncle Rich in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  We have been camping a few times the four of us, but this was the first time we packed up the car and left the state...several times! Since we were on spring break I decided to stop and every roadside stand and to stop whenever we wanted to on the way down and that we could come straight back without stopping. 
I woke up James to show him the show.  I was surprised that he didn't do a snow angle.
It was a little funny to come up over the pass and see snow on one side of the road and wide open mesa.
We saw these little homes on the side of the road and had to take a look.
 While driving down the road I saw these cave dwellings at Vermillion Cliffs, Arizona.  They were so beautiful and it was great learning a little more about how they came to be.  So, what I remember some of these homes were abandoned when a women's car broke down leaving her stranded.  When she moved in so loved them so much that she bought the property and in her will she donated the property back to the state.  There were a few Navajo ladies selling jewelry and James bought a necklace as a keepsake.
Logan and Carson peeking threw!
 Finding all this history is great! I know my mom took us to some incredible places, but I couldn't tell you about most of them! But I know that she can tell me about it and she has pictures to prove we've been there! The kids loved getting out of the car and running across the Navajo Bridge.

Notice that James is showing off his necklace and Carson's goofy face! What personalities!
 On our way to Tuba City, Arizona we stopped by Moenkopi Dinosaur Tracks.  Seriously it was one of the coolest thing I have ever seen and you know it was free! There were a bunch of Navajo stands set up and there was a husband/wife older couple that were taking people on tours.  Years ago a young researcher/photographer came through and taught the people about all the remains that were left there.
It was decided that this dinosaur was 6 or 7 years old, because Logan could fit his hands in the print!
This vase has horse hair burned into it to make that cool pattern.
 We planned on camping in Cameron, Arizona, but apparently there was not any camping sites until Flagstaff...nuts.  I even looked up the "campground" and read the reviews, all three of them.  They were all positive, but they must have all been RV camping!
The Historic Cameron Trading Post in Cameron, Arizona
 We ended up staying the night in Flagstaff which also almost didn't happen.  I never did find out if there was something happening, but we went to 5 hotels and all of them were booked! We ended up calling up Nancy and she said that we should book on-line, love that my little sister is giving me travel advise.  This was genius and heaven sent advise! It was already dark and we had been on the road since 10:30am.  There was even a warm cookie waiting at the front desk and ice covering the outdoor swimming pool.
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