My fiance and I loaded up the pickup and hauled across seven states this past week! It was a lot of fun and we got to have some great adventures. Since I didn’t document it real-time like my last trip, I’ll just sum it up in one post. And so it begins!
We started by heading through OK, all the way out the pan handle, where we found the “glass mountains” covered in Gypsum. It was beautiful and only a few hours into the trip!
If you look closely at the next one you can see where someone formed “LOVE” out of stones on the ground…That ROCKS!
We met our first friend here at the glass mountains…
After that little pit stop we drove on almost to Colorado where at 2 a.m. we got too tired to continue and pulled into a truck stop to crash for the night. The next morning Misty got up crazy early because I guess the back of the truck isn’t as comfortable as our bed; she found these prong-horned antelope outside our window!
I on the other hand have no problems sleeping in… 🙂
It was still early in the day when we hit CO, this is Misty’s first time this far North, or West!
Is it a POST CARD? NO! We just snapped a few pics driving up the mountains.
We stumbled upon this cute little cafe we found for lunch on the second day. It’s called PEACE of ART Cafe in Del Norte and I recommend it to anyone traveling through. They were all organic non-GMO, largely vegan and gluten free local food at a good price. And the people were so sweet!
still driving…UP the mountain, like STRAIGHT up. up up up.
Pulled into Durango, CO mid afternoon and went for a little walk around the park near the visitor’s center. We found some CRAZY old men playing some Kayak water sport in some FREEZING waters. Entertaining, though.
After a day in Durango, walking around exploring the shops and enjoying the local brewery, we made it back to our truck to find a Wal*Mart parking lot to sleep in. On our way back we found another friend scavenging a trash can…he was embarrassed we saw him…
Day 3 has begun! On our way North to Silverton, CO, more perfect views. We didn’t get any pictures of the little mining town. But trust us, it was beautiful. After a few hours of exploring (it is quite small) we packed up and hauled back south toward NM.
Well that didn’t take long did it!
I had to PEE Okay?!? Sheeeesh. These are NM bathrooms.
Our first stop in NM was Monument Valley. We took lots of pics here. Spent most of the day hiking up to the mitten butte (left of my head).
The sunset here was stellar.
Here is day 4, we’re headed to the Grand Canyon. Just past Tuba City we found a little shanty with some Navajos giving “tours” of dino tracks. We couldn’t resist. Seeing this kind of thing is very thought provoking for me.
Then we kept on till the Grand Canyon. It’s pretty big, I guess.
Good times hiking around the Canyon 🙂
Okay enough of this hiking and camping crap, it is time to live it up! Next stop, VEGAS BABY! We got into Vegas the 4th night of the trip, stayed at Tropicana and hit the town. They make their drinks STIFF in Vegas!
I don’t condone this type of behavior.
If my dad sees this, he’ll know what I’m holding…capriotti’s amazing 20″ veggie cheese stake sub! This was the main reason I went back to Vegas…seriously.
And the frozen yogurt…mmmmmm blueberry….!
2nd night in Vegas, 5th day of the trip. We’re staying in El Cortez now to explore Fremont street and the old strip. We also explored the Bodies Exhibition which is so interesting and informative, I love it.
But first we saw the ZOMBIE BURLESQUE show because…how could we not?
Right after that was over we ran to get tickets to the EVIL DEAD MUSICAL!!! (I’m a fan of the trilogy). Not only did we see it, we got VIP front row splatter zone tickets! They came with the white shirts…
I’ll never be the same…So much blood and horror and over-acting I’m ruined for live! It was perfect.
Where is Misty’s hand…? Heeeelll naw!
I got possessed by the demon from Evil Dead! About 3 hours after the musical I came down with what became a 48 hour FLU FROM HELL! I couldn’t move for the whole 6th day. We stayed in the Cortez again, and skipped any fun things 😦 Very disappointing time…The 7th day I woke up feeling horrible still but we had to push on, so we left Vegas for Flagstaff, AZ. There we got another hotel because I had to be close to a bathroom for all day 7 too. By day 8 I woke up feeling human again, though weak, and dehydrated. We drove on to Albuquerque and stopped at this awesome Museum of Natural History and Science. It became a whole day learning experience and was fantastic. Here we are right by a dino!
Any bikes in Albuquerque Craigslist? Lemme check real quick…
Probably my favorite part of the museum was the computer history portion. It started in the 50’s and went up to almost 1990. I learned SO much and got the play the FIRST video game!
This is out front after we did the museum. Wish I’d felt better and we weren’t starting to itch to get home…There was so much more we could have done here.
I think I was a dino in a past life…rawwwwr.
After Albuquerque we drove straight home, stopping along the way in random Wal*Marts to sleep. The sickness really drained me and we started to miss the puppies. I’m very happy to be home now, but will never forget ROAD TRIP 2014!