As usual, we don’t really have many plans until the last minute. Because we know that even if we try to plan something, things always come up to try to ruin that plan. We had thought about going to Alaska first. Then we thought maybe we head to Europe for the summer. At the end, we decided to finish off the rest of the 48 contiguous states in the country by heading to the northeast. First stop, back up the 395 towards the state of Oregon.
Marlene was recently interviewed on She-Explores, an awesome website about women who travel and explore. Check it out here!
(You can also peek at older TV spots, interviews and articles about our adventure under the About Us tab in “As seen in“)
We first found each other a little over a year ago when they made the life changing decision to buy an airstream and take their family on the road. Our paths nearly crossed last winter in the southwest before they decided to plant new roots in Austin, Texas. We are really glad that we finally got to meet here in Connecticut as they are in the final stages of pulling up their old ones.
We can not thank Michelle enough for these AMAZING photos of the kids. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! And for the fabulous day we spent together. Hope our paths cross real soon.
You check out more photos of the kids here.
Oh, Sequoia National Park!
We exited Mojave National Preserve via Kelbaker Road and Interstate 40. Rather than taking I-40 west towards Barstow, we continued southbound on Kelbaker Road outside of Mojave and connected with the old Route 66.
We took the same route out of Page as we did last time we were there. Going north into Utah and meander along the Arizonia/Utah border all the way to St. George, Utah. We decided to stay the night at the Walmart while the Works continued on to Las Vegas.
We made a mad dash for Page, Arizona after we left Wupatki National Monument because we knew that we would want to catch Horseshoe Bend at dusk. The last time we were there, we were running late as well and ended up catching it at just the right light. Admittedly, this is a place that is hard to get a good photo of. Almost every moment of the day will cast shadows in some part of the canyon and getting enough light to show it at dusk is always a challenge.
When we left Phoenix, we knew that we wanted to make our way eventually to Page, Arizona. We were just there a couple of months ago on our way to California from Albuquerque but since Josh and Jessa had never been, we didn’t mind one bit going back again. Plus, we wanted to hit up all of those National Monuments that were closed when we drove through last time.
Leaving Tombstone meant that we were once again looking for a place to stay for a few days. I have to visit the office in Santa Barbara in a few days so we decided that eventually heading over the Phoenix was the way to go since they have direct flights. But we were not so eager to go to a big city yet. We first made a few stops along the eastern part of the state.
After a short stay in Gilbert Ray, we headed out of Tucson and began making our way further south. Our friends Brian and Leigh had gone to a ‘secret boondocking spot’ just outside of Tombstone and we swore to secrecy that we would not tell where it is if they told us. So don’t ask.
Tucson is one of the first places we took the Airstream when we bought it back in 2008. Even before that, our first longish trip with our previous T@B camper was also here in the winter of 2007 when Ava was barely a year old. We love this place in the winter and have been coming back here almost every year since.
After we left Anza Borrego, we spent a couple of days in Santa Barbara for work and headed back out to the southwest again. This time, we will be doing a pretty big loop through Arizona. First stop, Yuma.