We drove to California last week. If you've read last years posts about our trip to Florida, you know we drove there too. I may or may not have mentioned that I did not enjoy driving through the night with no sleep and frayed tempers. We did it better this year, stopping roughly halfway in Gallup, New Mexico. But I'm skipping ahead - let's go back to the beginning, where I was waiting to leave for about two hours. If you tell me a time to be ready, I'm more or less ready. I guess this skill only comes with years of training (thanks Dad!).
|In the car, ready to go!|
It was late afternoon when we crossed into New Mexico. Please excuse the bug spatter on the windshield (ugh, gross).
Since we left late, we arrived at our halfway point later than planned (obviously) and pretty much just checked in and hit the hay. We stayed at a Hampton Inn in Gallup, which was really quite nice, if you're ever in that part of the country and need a room.
We woke up at a decent time the next day and managed to get everyone showered, repacked, breakfast wolfed and out the door by 9am MTN, 1.5 hours earlier than the day before, so I was happier with that progress. We jumped back on I-40 and headed for the Arizona border.
|S smiling because we have MSNBC news on podcast. . .|
|The Arizona Centennial sign|
S was determined not to stop in Arizona for any reason. But, his eyes were bothering him and he needed eye drops, so we stopped off in Winslow, AZ to stand on a corner. Just kidding, we went to a Wal-Mart. After the pharmacist hooked S up with drops we were back on the road. (Just want to note that my delightful, yet stubborn boy had yet to let me drive).
I really like the scenery in both New Mexico and Arizona and it was the first time S and his siblings had seen mountain ranges, desert and interesting rock formations, so they were impressed.We almost took a detour to Vegas ;-)
When we crossed into California, we stopped for food and gas. Yay, California!
|Palm trees make even the Mobile gas station look exotic|
S still hadn't let me drive and at this point we only had about 2-3 hours left to go! Perhaps 30 minutes or so after getting back on the highway, S asked if I wanted to drive, so we pulled over to a closed rest stop so we could switch really quickly and get back on the road. Traffic was really light, so I was able to get us back on the road easily.
|I really like the faint outline of the mountains in the distance|
We got checked in and settled, changed clothes and headed down to the lobby to eat dinner at the OC Brewhouse.
I must have been super tired because I forgot to take pictures of the food!! We ordered steak nachos and a BBQ chicken pizza to share. Good thing too, because these servings were HUGE!! Huge, I tell you! After dinner I literally collapsed into bed and passed out.
All in all the drive wasn't bad. Longer than the drive to Florida but stopping halfway for some sleep really helped break it up. I was happy we had arrived and were ready to start our vacation!