More than a week ago, the kids and I arrived back in town from our Spring Break trip. This year, Glenn stayed home to work and watch dogs, cat and chicken girls, and the kids and I headed southwest for a visit to Arizona with my parents. It already feels like the trip was a month ago but I'll try to capture as many memories as I can.
We left on a Saturday and Grandma H drove with us while Pop-Pop battled a bad cold and stayed back in Cheyenne for an extra day. We had new movies on the Kindles, a book on tape, the last Harry Potter book for Will and more pop songs than either Grandma or I wanted to listen to. The kids are pretty good travelers and we made it all of the way to Gallup, NM for the night. The next morning, we headed into Arizona. Our first stop was the Painted Desert. It was a bit of a last minute decision but I'm so glad we drove through it.
|Future senior picture? Will at our first stop at the Painted Desert. Well, our first stop after the gift shop.|
|Reina, a cupcake and the Painted Desert.|
|Happy to be on vacation!|
|This was one of my favorite stops. The rock was filled with pictographs and my favorite was the bird and frog that you can see there.|
|A pueblo foundation in the Painted Desert. Reina really liked all of the 'old stuff' and maybe we have a future archaeologist on our hands.|
|I think this was called Newspaper Rock? It was filled with pictographs. The scale is hard to determine here but the boulder was gigantic. I used my zoom lens but it was filled with drawings.|
|Reina and a giant piece of petrified wood.|
|A cool petrified stump.|
On Tuesday, we headed to Salt River Fields to watch spring training and the Rockies! We sat in the grassy area overlooking the outfield and it was a gorgeous day for baseball. Will even got an autograph from Rockies outfielder, Carlos Gonzales.
|The view from our seats, with the zoom lens.|
|Will and Dinger and Reina!|
|Will (second from left) hoping for a toss from the outfield.|
|Will probably needed these Elvis glasses, right?|
We didn't leave the gift shop of the museum empty-handed. Reina had her eye on a $56 ukulele but I said it was too expensive so when I noticed a $10 harmonica, I said "how about this?" Her eyes lit up and that's how I ended up with an 8 yr-old, a harmonica and a 14-hour drive home.
After the Museum of Music, we spent a few hours at Top Golf and the most important thing to remember from that excursion is that I WON.
On Thursday, the kids had time for one more swim, we gave Pop-pop and Grandma lots of hugs and then we pointed the car north and started home. We stopped at Homolovi State Park in Arizona and saw more pueblo sites.
|Obviously, you can't take any artifacts out of the park and there are pottery shards everywhere. Someone has placed different pieces on rocks and it's a very cool way to see all of the different types.|
|It was a little windy up at the top.|
|More shards and a turquoise bead.|