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Monday, March 31, 2014

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