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Monday, March 31, 2014

Part 2: Did We Make It In 1 Day?

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The Boho Hobos are back on the road after a 4 month project in Arizona. We made some wonderful friends while we were there, and although it was incredibly hard to leave them back in that beautiful state, duty calls. My Husband’s next work project is in Farmington, New Mexico, so that’s where we’re headed. We left Phoenix around 11:30 this morning and have been on the road for about 4 hours. We have a little bit to go before we hit Gallup, NM. Nic decided that he didn’t want to make the rest of the drive to Farmington, because we were guaranteed to show up to our new park in the dark. We hate dealing with hook-ups in the dark. Not to mention, that if anything were to throw us off schedule, we’d be doing some of the drive in the dark. That, also, is a no bueno. We decided to enjoy the last few scenic moments of our drive today and stop for the night at USA RV Park.

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What a lovely park it was! It reminded me a lot of Americamps back in Virginia.

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There were 3 RV’s in front of us, and 3 more pulled in behind us. I guess before we got there, they had traffic backed up all the way to the Interstate! There were so many people checking in at once. We were glad to have missed the rush. The girls and I waited in the truck with the RV while Daddy signed us in at the office.

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While Daddy hooked everything up, I took the girls to the playground to play for a bit. They had fake grass throughout the whole park. It was kinda weird, but still, quite nice. There was also a really pretty waterfall fountain that, of course, made the perfect backdrop for a quick photo of the girls together.

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They had a lot of fun on their playground equipment, although the small slide was cracked along the side in the center. That freaked me out a bit, but other than that, everything was copasetic. We didn’t play there very long….maybe just 20 minutes. It was sooooooooo cold! We have been acclimated to Phoenix’s weather, so anything under 70 is freezing…in my wimpy defense, it was like 50 degrees outside.

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The hungry birds circling above, reminded me to get back home and cook dinner for everyone.

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I prepared a scrumptious feast of stir-fried cabbage, carrots, onions, kale, spinach, mushrooms, celery and baby dill.

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I also cooked up some delicious Couscous to accompany the stir-fry.

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I figured Cindy would love dinner because it was purple tonight, but I was mistaken. I ended up fixing her a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. She didn’t want that either. She downed a strawberry banana smoothie though, so I was glad she had at least that in her belly. Gotta love toddlers and their finicky appetites. Before you say anything, I am not the Mom that will send her kids to bed with empty bellies. This is the 1st time that she outright refused to eat what I cooked. Hopefully she doesn’t do that again.

After a such a long day, these two passed out right after dinner and some Scooby Doo.

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I did the dishes, set up Nic’s coffee maker for his morning brew, took a much appreciated shower & was thrilled to be in bed by 10pm. It was a long day and I have a feeling that tomorrow is gonna be even longer. Until then…

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Part 1: Goodbye Phoenix, Hello Colder Temps!

Part 2: Did We Make It In 1 Day?

Part 3: Dust, Dust, Everywhere

Part 4: Home Sweet, New Mexico, Home

Part 1: Goodbye Phoenix, Hello Colder Temps!

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Well, today’s the day. We said goodbye to our bestest Arizona friends yesterday and last night and it’s time to hit the road. But what travel day wouldn’t be complete without a last second load of laundry to do? LOL! I had stayed up til 3:30am doing the dishes from the night before and setting the RV up for transit mode, so my job today was a whole lotta nothing. As Nic readied the outside to go, I ran a load of laundry up to the facilities so I wouldn’t have to deal with it when we got to our new park (that doesn’t have onsite laundry facilities). I chatted with the loveliest lady about her sick son and her outdoors on a leash black cat. I learned that apparently they can still climb trees, even if they are declawed. I wished her family and her son the best with his impending healthcare, and headed back to the RV to put the last second laundry away. Nic and the girls were hitched up and ready to go. We hit the road around 11:30am.

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here we go   messy face girls

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While we drove, we snacked, enjoyed the scenery and downed our water…

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Driving through the mountains…um…UP and then OUT of the mountains, is kinda scary every time. There’s nothing quite like hauling 10,000lbs. up a 7% grade and back down a 6% grade a bunch of times, lol. It definitely grates on the nerves.

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…well, a toddler and downing a bunch of water can only lead to one thing.

That’s right. A 2 year old in distress. She needed to go potty, and of course there was no where to pull over. I pleaded with her to hold it in for a few minutes as we frantically searched for somewhere safe enough to park momentarily. After we cleared our last mountain, there was enough shoulder to pull off the side of the road. I grabbed the girls, ran to the back of the RV and rejoiced as Cinderella made it to the potty just in time!

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This was the point when the temperature dropped about 15 degrees. Brrr.

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Cindy wouldn’t smile for me, so MHG joined her in giving Mommy the stink eye.

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This was 20 minutes after her last bathroom break & of course, she needed to go again. This time, we found a gas station to park in while we ran to the RV for yet another bathroom break.

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A couple hours later, and Cindy needed one more bathroom break. At least we got to pull over somewhere scenic this time!

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After 3 bathroom breaks and about 4 hours of driving, we finally hit New Mexico. Nic and I started discussing the possibility of staying the night in Gallup instead of making the whole trek to Farmington, NM in one day…what did we end up doing?

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Read “Part 2: Did We Make It In 1 Day?” to find out what we chose to do.

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Part 1: Goodbye Phoenix, Hello Colder Temps!

Part 2: Did We Make It In 1 Day?

Part 3: Dust, Dust, Everywhere

Part 4: Home Sweet, New Mexico, Home