Sunday, May 31, 2009

Tour of the Southwest National Parks

A picture from just outside Tonto, near Roosevelt Reservoir
The kids at Casa Grande

Annie in Saguaro , appropriately placed near a Saguaro cactus
Brian and Jacob on an overlook at Chiricahua
Gila Cliff DwellingsPetrified Forest - yes the log is made of stone

Old Town Albuquerque
White Sands where the pure white sand dunes were almost like snow covered hills

We decided to take a road-trip to some of the parks in the Southwest. We had such a great time! There is almost too much to write about, just as there are too many pictures to post. So here is a quick overview of our trip in numbers:

2026 = Number of miles driven
12 = Number of National Park Service sites visited
2 = Number of state/BLM sites visited
4 = Nights in Arizona
4= Nights in New Mexico
46 = Lowest Temperature on trip @ 12 Noon in El Mapais
97 = Highest Temperature on trip @ 3:20 in Saguaro
14 = Number of hikes (short and long)
1.9 mi = Longest hike for Jacob(480 ft elevation gain) in Chiricahua
.9 mi = Longest hike for Annie in Saguaro
7 = Number of coloring/activity books used by the kids
0 = Number of movies watched in the car
249 = Number of pictures taken
7 = Number of Mexican food restaurants for dinner
6 = Number of times we had Peanut Butter & Jelly for a picnic lunch
450 = # of times, approximate, the kids asked when we'd get there
Still Counting = # of times the kids fought, told on each other
Still Counting = # of times the kids laughed and played

The parks we saw: Tonto, Saguaro, Casa Grande, Chiricahua, Fort Bowie, Gila Cliff Dwellings, White Sands, Salinas Pueblo Missons, Petroglyph, El Mapais, El Morro, Petrified Forest. It was so impressive to see all the places. Each one was so unique, surprising in what it had to offer, and completely enjoyable. Details on any of the them can be found on

Cities we stopped/stayed in: Globe, AZ; Tucson, AZ; Silver City, NM; Las Cruces, NM; Alamagordo, NM; Albuquerque, NM; Flagstaff, AZ. Thanks to Kevin & Cate who kindly opened their beautiful home to us in Alamagordo! It was great to catch up with you.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Bring on the Summertime

This weekend really felt like summertime. We had a BBQ and a trip to Lone Rock Beach. I took a video while we were there. The kids were most intersted in being a silly as possible for the camera. They like to watch themselves being goofy. On the way home, we stopped at the Mexican Restaurant. I snapped a picture of Jacob, still in 'beach mode', before we made him sit correctly.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Weekend Trip to Flagstaff with Aunt Annie

This weekend we met Aunt Annie half-way in Flagstaff. It turned out to be a relaxing weekend with lots of outside-time, eating/drinking out on patios, frisbee throwing in the park, walking the downtown and a tad bit of everything else outdoors. It was great to see her, as always. I threw in another picture from the other weekend, which I had intended to post. It is of the kids bicycling on the golf course. I don't think we are technically allowed to do this, but they have such fun going up and down the hills. Plus, it's fairly picturesque, so it makes for a nice walk for me.