As we embark on our 5th RV trip of the year, it excites me to think by mid April we will have completed our 40th state in 1 year! While I haven’t blogged about all of our trips on my blog, we can review our journeys here: Spring Break Last Year 2017: Cali, Grand Canyon, the 5 Utah National Parks and Vegas; in 5 Summer 2017 Weeks: 20 States of the Midwest and South; in 7 Fall 2017 Weeks: New England, the whole East Coast and the completion of the South; in November 2017 the West Coast of Florida and noooooow in 2 Spring Break 2018 Weeks we will finish the South West of America- Oklahoma, New Mexico, western Texas and Arizona. Which leaves us the 10 North West States of the map left for this August, including Alaska 😳 (not sure how) with Hawaii already being completed✔️. So let’s discuss what we’ve seen in just 5 short but JAM packed days…🎉
We stored the RV this winter in Orlando after our last rv trip to Florida because it was cheap and because we wanted to keep it in position for our next trip. Craig barely just barely escaped last weeks NY snow storm and flew out just in time to get started on a 16 hour journey to Dallas. Don’t feel bad for him…he broke it up in 3 days, enjoyed podcasts and books on tape, ate meals and slept in peace instead of whining fighting kids in the back of the rv. I was scurrrrred. 😳 Part 1 of all our trip would be Oklahoma, Route 66, Western Texas and Southern New Mexico.
While my parents explored Dealey Plaza/ 6th Floor Museum, the location of where President Kennedy was shot we went food shopping and had our first Texas bbq lunch. We were on a time crunch because we had a 3.5 drive to Oklahoma City and wanted to arrive for dinner. But first, in the middle of a broken down Oklahoma town we found a Super Hero Museum!
The timing couldn’t have been more perfect considering just 2 days prior Shane informed me he was now into Super Heroes! So out of the rv the boys ran with excitement. The small admission price was worth the half hour we spent of the kids oooing and aaahing over the cool displays.
The next morning we had plans to go to the National Cowboy Museum and potentially go white water rafting/ zip lining/obstacle course climbing on the Oklahoma River but at the last minute we discovered that there was a March for Our Lives March at the State Capitol.
The next morning we started our day bright and early at the famous Cadillac Ranch, a roadside sculpture where personal creativity is encouraged so long as you toss your cans of spray paint in the garbage when your done!
The ranger told us the elevator broke for the first time in her history of knowing it exists, figures. We hiked 800 feet, the length of the Empire State Building into the ground, walked the length of 14 football fields and hiked back up at a 20% incline with 4 young kids as Skyler cried physically exhausted endlessly and scared of the dark. 😩😭5 strenuous miles.
After leaving Carlsbad we drove for 2 hours of endless rolling desert mountain ranges including the Guadalupe National Park.
It was an incredible experience being so physically close to another country that you can see their houses and differing terrain.
We were able to read the billboards in Spanish, we were that close. I was really happy my kids were able to experience and see the existing “wall” for themselves considering it’s such a timely subject under our current “President”. We decided on the famous L & J restaurant for dinner, with it’s tagline being the “Old Place by the Graveyard”. As we stepped inside to eat the sun was setting over the mountains in a warm and glorious sunset.
Later that night we added 2 more to an already cramped RV With my sister and niece!
The next morning we started our day, high above El Paso at a scenic overlook that allowed us to have magnificent views of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico.
We wanted to take the tramway over the area but it was closed. I wanted one last chance to see the border fence up close,wondering if the picture we would take would one day be replaced with an actual solid ugly wall separating our countries.
We’ve done a lot of driving in the last few days but we’ve been handsomely rewarded each time with extraordinary landscapes and terrain that are brand new to our eyes. It was pretty awesome seeing hundreds of miles of desert before our eyes while we kept heading west…
Today I was super excited to finally experience the wondrous White Sands National Monument. We drove for 2 hours of boring brown desert rocky lands with mountain ranges in the background and just like the book describes suddenly out of nowhere the brown starts fading and the more you drive the more white you see.
Before you knew it you felt like you were in the middle of a Middle Eastern desert. Huge HUGE sugary bright white rolling sand dunes stretching for miles…make sure you bring plastic sleds ahead of time because the gift shop ran out.
Then we kept heading west towards Arizona on Route 10.🛣 There was a good 2 hour stretch of NO civilization no restaurants, stores, Gas nothing….🌾🌾🌾 makes you really wonder how Mexicans trying to flee Medico and cross the border actually survive in these harsh conditions…got me thinking if they have the will and the fight and the strength to actually survive then gosh they should be granted immunity…☹️
Starving we finally settled on the first restaurant we could find called Kranberry’s Chatterbox in Lordsburg, NM before calling it a night in Willcox, just over the Arizona Border ending Part 1 of our Trip and excited for the next half of Arizona and Northern New Mexico!