We wanted to have a picnic at the windmill, but since that was a no go, we kept driving. After a while, we needed a restroom and gas stop, so we pulled off in Ozona, Texas. I asked if there was a playground or picnic area nearby, and a nice lady from the Chamber of Commerce, who happened to be in the convenience store shopping, directed me to a wonderful park.
Driving through Arizona and New Mexico, we mostly saw the cloudless skies we’ve become accustomed to in Lemoore, California. The climate is so dry, there’s just no moisture to make clouds at all, most days. But as soon as we hit Texas, all of a sudden, gorgeous clouds appeared. I didn’t realize how much I missed them until I saw them again. Hello there, old friends.
So I could have spent all day at the UFO Museum in Roswell, New Mexico. I thought it would be really really cheesy, but it is just a huge collection of newspaper clippings, letters, affidavits, photographs, medical records, and more. I could have read all day long.
During our morning in Albuquerque, after dealing with a punctured tire (Oh no! Road trip woes!), we headed to the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History to learn the story of the Atomic Age.
We headed to Winslow, just a short drive from Flagstaff, to see the Meteor Crater – the world’s best-preserved meteorite crater.
The largest chunk of the meteorite is there, and you can touch it, which is pretty cool. No glass cases! Just super awesome space rock.
I took way too many pictures here, but the Grand Canyon is just so gorgeous. I won’t give you a history or a geographical explanation. That’s what books and Google are for. But the canyon is beautiful. And the expanse of purely natural land, sculpted by nothing more than water, is awe inspiring.
After the driving part, we got out to walk around the more-zoo-like walk-through area with smaller animals. Peacocks roamed freely, while other animals had their own habitats. Trendy chalkbaord signs instructed us to look up into the trees for some animals who like to climb. The raccoons sleeping in the branches were the cutest!
We went to a local park in Bullhead, Arizona and had a lovely picnic. The kids played and expended some energy before we hopped in the car to start our day’s journey at about 11:30, way later than we had planned.
We arrived at the Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino in Laughlin, Nevada for our overnight stay. The room is fine, and the scenery is beautiful, but it’s reminding me that casinos are probably the saddest places in the world.
Once we arrived on base, and checked into the temporary family lodging, I made steak, salad, and vegetables for us all. We thought we would take advantage of having a kitchen while we could.
We stayed in the Lodge on base NAS Lemoore for our last 3 nights there. Packing day, loading day, and check out / hail & bail day.
I explained to her that the house was just the outside part that held our home. We borrowed it, and now someone else is going to have a turn.
But out home is coming with us. That’s our family, the memories we have made, the adventures we will have, and yes, our belongings too.