Holy Smokes! I tell you what--I'm shocked that I'm getting up this post just days after returning from the trip. Must be a Trish record. Last week we took our first major roadtrip as a family. We drove to New Mexico (in the mountains between Taos and Angel Fire) and spent the night then headed to Durango, Colorado for a few days before returning back to New Mexico and finally back home. The mileage each way is around 850 but overall we drove well over 2,000 miles (our longest stretch in the car was about 12.5 hours).
Instead of giving y'all 30 pictures, I figured I'd be nice and make collages. You can still click on them to enlarge.
We left home at 5:30 in the morning. The plan was for Elle to fall back asleep but hahahaha. In all honesty, I was really nervous about how she'd do in the car but she was such a trooper. I asked for advice on FB for traveling with toddlers and the number one tip I received was to have small little toys and things for her to discover during the trip. We packed a big bin of toys (new and forgotten) but the only thing we pulled out was her big coloring pad. She didn't nap well in the car, especially as I had to stop every two hours to stretch my legs, but she was so so good. So good. She did watch several movies but we also had some non-movie time as well. Unfortunately we did not get audiobook time as she never napped long enough. I did get quite a bit of hexies done, though!
Above Left-Right: Scott pretending to sleep. Flat land in the Texas Panhandle. Elle coloring, too cool for school. Finally some landscape in New Mexico.
Below Left-Right: On the drive to Colorado. We take the best family pictures. *snort* And for the record--that tum is 34 weeks.
Scott and his brothers wanted to go off-roading in Colorado so we stayed a few nights at Purgatory ski resort outside of Durango. The mountains were absolutely stunning and Elle and I had a good time cavorting around while the boys were driving around. I was feeling pretty exhausted from two days in the car so tried to take it easy, though Elle wanted a bit more go-go-go. Luckily there was a heated pool and we went swimming several times. In the evening we "played" some mini-golf and had too much ice cream. The trip to Durango was much much too short but there is a ton to do in the area and so I suspect we'll be back.
I adore the picture of Elle and Scott in the grass. She loves her daddy.
Once we were back in New Mexico, our vacation turned into a family affair. The purpose of the trip was to take Scott's dad's remains to the mountains that he loved so much. It was so great to spend some time with family that we don't get to see often enough while taking in the beauty around us. The weather was delicious--60s and 70s during the day and cool enough for a jacket at night.
We hiked and fished, we road trails in the mountain, we stayed up way too late and ate all kinds of goodies. We visited Red River and drove up twisty curvy roads and saw more trains than we could count (tuh-tuh-tuh-tuh-choo choo said Elle). While we learned that naps are a good and necessary thing (there were a few fits during the week), it was a wonderful trip and we all had a great time.
Above Left-Right: Fishing pond, view from the deck, cows on a mountain trail in Red River, leaving the mountains in the early dawn.
And guess who caught her first fish! On a snoopy pole! I was able to reel one in as well.
Way too much cuteness. And, ahem, I cut her bangs the night before the trip and I may have cut them a leeeettle too short. They grow back, right? Notice the foot over her carseat. A common sitting position for her.
And another attempt of a family picture in front of the Beaver Dam. One day...one day we'll get one with all three of us smiling.
Not much else to report. I'm already longing for the cooler weather and the mountain air. Hopefully we'll be able to head back next summer!