The journey continues!
Our crazy family (my husband, me at 7 months pregnant, our two little girls, and our dog!) took a cross-country trip from Florida to California this past fall, and we had a wonderful adventure! Read about the first half of our trip through Florida, Louisiana, and Texas HERE.
After we finally made it across western Texas - - I seriously thought the state might never end - - , we headed for Albuquerque, New Mexico. I was so excited to find out that our trip was the exact same time as the International Balloon Fiesta, the giant hot air balloon festival! We got into town that Saturday and then were up at 3 am Sunday morning so that we could get over to the fiesta. We were parked by 4:30, and the field was already bustling with activity and energy. Unfortunately, a few hours laters the officials declared that it was too windy that day for the balloons to actually launch. That was crushing, but we still had a good time, and we got to see some pretty balloons tethered! And we will definitely be back in one of the coming years!
As we made our way into Arizona after that, we got a taste of Americana and took a detour along Route 66. We got the most delicious root beer floats at this cute place! We also had some great burgers and shakes at the 66 Diner in Flagstaff… which was our stopping point in Arizona!
We ended up spending three nights in Flagstaff so that we could go to the Grand Canyon twice… we just loved it that much! It’s honestly hard to put into words what’s so breathtaking about a giant hole in the ground, but the Grand Canyon really is more beautiful than I ever imagined. It’s so grand and majestic, and the crevices and cliffs all have their own shapes and colors. Being surrounded by such vastness and beauty renews and refreshes you.
Once we left Arizona, we were in the home stretch! Even though we lived in San Diego for five years, we had never been to Palm Springs… so we remedied that on this trip. We spent three wonderful days in the sunshine, relaxing by the pool, and enjoying the palm trees and gorgeous views. We also took our girls to the children’s museum there, which I highly recommend if you’re on a family trip to Palm Springs. They still ask me when we’re going to go back there and play in the pizza restaurant area. :)
After we left Palm Springs, we made our final drive to Encinitas, right outside of San Diego. San Diego will always feel like home, no matter where we're living, so it was a relief to finally arrive there.
It was an amazing whirlwind trip, rather spontaneously embarked upon, and I am beyond thankful that we took it. It’s one more thing under our belts that proves to us that our family can conquer anything we set our minds to!
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