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Itโ€™s SPRING BREAK!!! ๐ŸšŽ๐Ÿ’จTime for Route 66, Bricktown Boat Rides, Gun Reform Marches, Aliens, Bat Caves, Graffiti Cars, Border Walls and Outrageous Sand Dunes: Part 1 ๐Ÿ›ฃ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿšค๐ŸŒต๐Ÿฆ‡๐Ÿ‘ฝ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ

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 havenโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜ณ (not sure how) with Hawaii already being completedโœ”๏ธ. So letโ€™s discuss what weโ€™ve seen in just 5 short but JAM packed days…๐ŸŽ‰

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. Donโ€™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. ๐Ÿ˜ณ Part 1 of all our trip would be Oklahoma, Route 66, Western Texas and Southern New Mexico.


We flew into Dallas with my parents on Friday March 23, which meant 8 people would be packing into a small RV…



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 couldnโ€™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.


I have NEVER seen anything like this bedroom of 1000s of action figures in my life!


Back in the car, we made it to the Oklahoma Bombing Museum just as it closed unfortunately, so we just toured the outside.


It was a touching tribute and sad enough, I canโ€™t imagine what the inside held.


I was a young teenager when it happened so I donโ€™t remember much of the story. I was reminded it was the 2nd most deadliest terrorist attack on US soil after 911.


We saw the remains of one of the crumbling walls of the Murray building that was bombed by McVeigh.


Afterwards we had one of the BEST meals of our lives at Mickey Mantleโ€™s Steakhouse. ๐ŸฅฉThe real treat of the day was after dinner when we stumbled upon the night time canal boat ride.


Bricktown was really lit up with the lights and flowering trees and warehouses turned into restaurants and bars.


We were given the history of the creation of the canal 20 years ago as well as information on the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889.


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.


Considering Oklahoma is one of the reddest states in America, I was so excited that my family would be able to participate in a historic day in American history with the gun reform Movement.


We walked the mile with the other marchers and then listened to amazing teens give passionate speeches on the topic.



With a late start to our day we suddenly realized that a few of our sites on Route 66 were closing at 5 so we had to hightail outta there.


We followed the map of Route 66 from Oklahoma City to Amarillo, mostly driving on Route 40 but making the main stops along the way on the Mother Road.


It felt like a giant scavenger hunt. First stop was an Indian Tracie Post in Geary, OK where I bought my new suede ๐Ÿ‘ข


Then we stopped at Lucilleโ€™s Gas Station in Hydro,


the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton


and the National Route 66 Museum in Elk City


as well as Conoco in Shamrock, the inspiration for Radiator Springs for the Disney Cars movie.


We stopped at one of the oldest gas stations in McClean,


a leaning tower of Britten


and for another timely picture on the day of the March in the Panhandle.


We saved the best for last…well the best 2 actually: The Bug Ranch and then dinner at the Big Texan Steak House. The Bug Ranch is a similar idea to the Cadillac Ranch except with VW buggies!


We couldnโ€™t have timed it better, we arrived for sunset and it was glorious!


At the famous Big Texan in Amarillo if you can eat a 72 Oz steak and all the sides in 1 hour your meal is free.


They only get a few winners a month and we were lucky to see one young man complete the challenge!


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!


We were lucky enough to score some unused spray cans so we could leave our mark.


It was a cool experience to see these rainbow cars stuck in the middle of a deserted desert. ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŽ


First we took a quick pic with the 2nd Amendment Man down the block…


And then the next stop was a quick sneak peak at the Palo Duro Canyon, the 2nd largest Canyon after Grand Canyon in America.


Then we crossed the border into a new state…New Mexico and finished our day at Roswell…home of the aliens.๐Ÿ‘ฝ๐Ÿ‘ฝ๐Ÿ‘ฝ


We spent a few hours exploring the UFO Museum and another alien attraction.


It was kooky fun for the kids and an American bucketlist check โœ”๏ธ we finally arrived to our campground early enough to kick back relax and cook at the campground!๐Ÿ”๐ŸŒญ


The next morning we arrived at Carlsbad Caverns at noon and were greeted with this devastating sign.


Which means we would have to hike in AND OUT of the cave with our own 2 feet. Carlsbad Caverns is New Mexicoโ€™s only National park.


The temperature in the caverns holds steady at 56 degrees Fahrenheit.


When all was said and done Carlsbad Caverns was the biggest physical accomplishment of our lives.


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. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ญ5 strenuous miles.


Terrifying and didnโ€™t know how we would do it. I had to continuously push the fear and anxiety out of my head.


We pushed through and I couldnโ€™t be more proud of my family. Now I know we can do ANYTHING! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ

After leaving Carlsbad we drove for 2 hours of endless rolling desert mountain ranges including the Guadalupe National Park.


We arrived in El Paso with just enough day light to see the โ€œinfamousโ€ USA/MEXICO border wall weโ€™ve heard so much about. ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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 โ€œwallโ€ for themselves considering itโ€™s such a timely subject under our current โ€œPresidentโ€. We decided on the famous L & J restaurant for dinner, with itโ€™s tagline being the “Old Place by the Graveyardโ€. 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.


It was really interesting seeing the actual border crossing, long lines of trucks waiting, and seeing the border patrol police vehicles driving up and down the fencing.


We bid farewell to Mexico and headed to a delicious breakfast at Crave before heading out to an exciting excursion.


Weโ€™ve done a lot of driving in the last few days but weโ€™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.


Believe it or not this creative Mom ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธdug some random plastic placemats out of storage and those worked Best because of the slippery plastic surface.


We spent around 2 hours exploring various dunes and scenes, it was definitely a fan favorite!

Then we kept heading west towards Arizona on Route 10.๐Ÿ›ฃ There was a good 2 hour stretch of NO civilization no restaurants, stores, Gas nothing….๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒพ 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…โ˜น๏ธ


Starving we finally settled on the first restaurant we could find called Kranberryโ€™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!

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