Spring Break Road Trip!

Spring Break Road Trip!

While sitting around trying to figure out just what to do for Spring Break this year, it occurred to me that road trips don’t have to necessarily be reserved for summer vacations.  With that in mind I dialed up google maps and started to ponder just where our journey could take us.  We needed a trip that would be not only fun, but also worthwhile, since it would involve a lot of driving in a short amount of time.  Luckily enough, it didn’t take long to discover that the perfect little vacation was well within our reach!

Looking back now I am amazed at how much we piled into just FOUR DAYS!  Even taking a high-level look at our trip by the numbers makes me proud (and tired) of what we accomplished:

  • four days
  • four states
  • 1800+ miles
  • one Rockies baseball game
  • one fantastic evening with family
  • countless national parks

And since I’m feeling rather long-winded this morning, it might take four days for me to try and recap all the great times we had…so rather than boring you to death, I’ll try and use pictures to do most of the telling :)

Day 1 included a drive down to Algodones, New Mexico to stay with Jen’s Aunt Pat.  The visit was wonderful, and we were lucky enough to have a few other family members stop by as well.  We were fed like royalty, and left the next morning feeling refreshed (and FULL!).

Day 2 was great.  I ‘think’ I’ve been to Arizona, but I certainly didn’t remember it…so I was excited to see some new roads!  I have to say that Arizona has far more beautiful landscapes than I would have ever imagined.  During our drive we saw deserts, valleys, mountains, snow (yes, snow!), cacti, mesas, and more.  Honestly, this was probably my favorite driving day of the trip.  While in AZ we stopped inside a national park to walk amongst the giant cactus (amazing!)…and we caught a Colorado Rockies Spring Training game at their new facility in Scottsdale.  Such a great, fun-filled day!!

Day 3…still going strong, we awoke Thursday ready to tackle the road again.  Sadly, this drive didn’t quite compare to the previous day, but it still brought us possibly our favorite stop of the trip…Cameron, Arizona!  What a fun little town (I use the word loosely)…plopped in the middle of nowhere, and comprised of nothing more than a few trailers, lots of dust, and the biggest ‘Trading Post’ I’ve ever stopped at.  We had lots of laughs during our stop in Cameron, and it made an otherwise ‘meh’ stretch of drive a lot of fun.

The actual goal of Day 3 was to make it to the Four Corners National Monument…and despite some unrelenting winds, we pulled into the monument late on Thursday afternoon.  It was a lot of fun to see the kids run from state-to-state (how strange is that?!)…and we got the requisite ‘straddle-the-states’ pics!

Day 4 was the best day of the trip (wait…haven’t I said that about every day so far?!?).  We got up…ate…and headed out to Mesa Verde National Park.  Words (nor pictures) seem capable of doing justice to just how breathtaking and awe inspiring these cliff dwellings are.  The kids were excited and energetic during our full-day visit to the park.  We saw dozens of dwellings…took hikes…saw wildlife…and more.  Such a special day!

We got home feeling so lucky to have enjoyed a few days together…and it made me even more excited about where our next journey might take us.

Also…if you thought THIS was a lot of pictures…think again!  We have even more pictures from our trip over at our Flickr account.  Click HERE to check ‘em out!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and we hope you’re enjoying a wonderful start to 2011.


  1. Mom (aka Grandma)

    What a great trip you had. Love the pictures and now heading over to Flickr.
    Thanks for the fun post.
    Love you!

  2. Sounds like a great trip! There are lots of neat places to visit in the world but it’s always nice to see that there are cool places to visit closer to home.

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