Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Great Road Trip Part 3: Grand Canyon, Colorado, and Arkansas





After we left my parent's house we were only 3 hours from the Grand Canyon, so we knew we had to stop. When would we be this close to the Grand Canyon again?

It was so interesting to see the changing landscape


And deer close to our car!

We caught the Grand Canyon as the sun was starting to set on the 4th of July, which was really pretty.



I've seen the Grand Canyon once as a child (and I can't remember it), but it is huge. Sometimes you feel like you are just looking at a picture because it just keeps going on and on.






There was something really patriotic about visiting a national monument on the 4th of July. I've never done anything like that before, always opting for the parade-and-fireworks-type of 4th of July. But visiting a national monument with hundreds of other people as the sunset on the day we celebrate and focus on what makes our country great made me really grateful for this beautiful country we call ours, something we can be proud of.


 And then it was on to the night driving!


By the morning, we weren't far from my sister Heather's! In the beautiful mountains of Colorado.

Of course Ephraim had to get car sick as we were driving through the windy mountain roads, but it wouldn't be a road trip without that!


My sister Heather moved to Canon City, Colorado from Florida (like literally... we visited her just a few days after she moved there!) and we were so excited to be her first visitors. It was fun to see Austin's face in the newspaper!


Heather has a huge 15-passenger van that she loves. It was cool that she could fit in both of our families!

She took us to see the Royal Gorge. I must be living under a rock but I had never heard of it. Apparently people from all over the nation have! It's called the mini-Grand Canyon.





Included in our admission price was a ride on this gondola over the gorge. It was a little freaky, but we were totally safe.








There were free carousel rides on the other side. It kind of felt like we were on the top of the world!




To get back you had to walk over this massive suspension bridge and it was pretty windy. Ahh! Ha ha. We were of course fine. Ben, who's afraid of heights, was a little freaked out by the whole experience.



After our short visit to Heather's, we made one last stop to visit my brother Derek in Arkansas. The baby Asael was a doll baby!

My boys loved their boys. Frank especially loved Asael!




And then it was back on the road. 

We finally made it back home! It was an epic road trip! We drove through 13 states in 10 days and saw 6 of my 10 siblings! Pretty efficient if you ask me ;).








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