Colorado and New Mexico: July 21, 2010

Highlights from today: (click here for pictures)


I forgot to mention one thing last night.  As we were zip lining, some of the sky guides were called “eco rangers.”  Which is a polite was of saying “tree hugger type people.”  Anyway, they would pop up and tell you a brief fact every once in awhile.  For example, they would say “this is tree was struck by lightening here” or “look at the scratches on this tree from a mountain lion.”  Well, Robby and I were walking to the next zip lining spot and there one of the eco rangers popped up.  And I seriously mean, they just popped up (I was personally trying to stay away from them-I am all for trees but I don’t want a science lesson)  This time she was showing us lichen on a tree branch.  She said it was good to put on cuts since it has an antibiotic type quality.  Then she told us it was full of vitamin c and encouraged us to try some.  Being the mature adults we are, we dutifully took off a bite of her lichen, ate it, walked away and when we were far enough away, we spit it out!  I don’t want to eat lichen on my vacation-or ever!


Also, this happened too late last night to make the blog.  Robby was sitting in the chair with his feet on the ottoman while working on his computer and I was sitting on the bed playing on my computer.  I heard a sound but didn’t think anything of it until Robby said “what was that?”  I asked what it sounded like and he said, “well, a tape recorder being fast forwarded.”  As I reviewed what the sound sounded like to me, only one thing popped in my mind and it was not a tape recorder.  It was a mouse!  I looked at Robby and started to stand on the bed, then I got off and put my shoes on and moved my luggage off of the floor and wrapped up our food bag securely. 


We were staying in a nice hotel, not one that you would expect to find a mouse but we did hear that sound.  Robby got the flashlight and started moving furniture.  I was now huddled by the door, waiting to change rooms.  He looked and looked and crawled on the floor until he was convinced there wasn’t anything.  So we went back to work on our computers.  This time though I was a little more on edge and was trying to talk myself into being able to sleep in that room.  Once I had finally calmed down, we heard the noise again.  Panic was about to set in but out of the corner of my eye, I saw Robby’s feet moving.  His shoes rubbing together were making the noise and he didn’t even know it.  I slept much better last night, knowing there wasn’t a mouse in our room!


We slept in this morning-something we haven’t done since Reagan was born.  We finally left around 9 and headed out for our 8-11 hour drive (8-11 hours depending on the GPS or the computer time).  We had to turn the GPS off early in the drive since the satellite wasn’t quite right because it was constantly thinking we were driving off of the road.  After we had crossed back into New Mexico, Robby saw a sign for the Aztec Ruins National Monument.  We pulled off there and went in.


When we have walked into other National Park Sites you don’t know if it is going to be a tiny place or something huge.  This just looked like a simple building but behind it was acres of Aztec Indian ruins.  We took a self guided tour through them and decided that we were both very glad we didn’t have to live there.  As we got back on the road, we noticed that we were on not on the right road.  Since the GPS was off, we hadn’t noticed that our highway had turned a mile up the road.  I am so thankful that Robby decided to stop at the Ruins or we would have ended up in California.


Next stop was in Cuba for ice cream and a bathroom break.  Then, outside of Albuquerque, I made our sandwiches and we had our picnic while driving 70+ miles per hour on I-40.  Next we turned off of I-40 and headed down a long, straight and I mean very straight highway.  It was 4 lanes so we were able to make very good time and the scenery was pretty but there wasn’t much out there.  I was starting to get concerned about the gas level but we did find a gas station in Vaughn for a fill up.  We had driven through many deserted little towns with the gas stations and other shops all closed up. 


The next town that we stopped in was Roswell.  It was a fairly big town (even had a Target) and had little alien influence except for 1 block.  On that 1 block, there was an alien museum and shop after shop of gift shops.  We stopped in a few shops and headed on.  We had made up very good time and made it to Artesia a little before 5.


We unloaded and surveyed our room: 2 beds, 2 sinks, 3 chairs, 2 desks, 1 recliner.  It is a pretty big room and hopefully, we won’t hear any strange noises tonight.  We then checked on the kids and drove to eat supper.  We ate Henry’s BBQ and had a pretty good meal and the sandwiches were huge.  Now, we are back in the room washing our clothes.  The washing machine is right outside of our door-I mean it is literally right outside of our door.  That couldn’t have worked out any better!


Dennie Kid Update:  This morning Grannymom let them open up their Wednesday present.  After Monday’s puzzle episode, she couldn’t believe that the kids loved their socks and couldn’t wait to put them on.  Reagan has been quite the helper-she reminded Grannymom to get Campbell’s floatie for swimming.  But she couldn’t help put the stroller down and told Grannymom that she didn’t know that one! 


They went swimming with Lilly and Cash and everyone was exhausted when Nonna and Pops came to pick them up.  Graham fell asleep in the car and slept a few more hours, Campbell went to sleep in the car but then took another nap and Anderson eventually snoozed on the couch.  After a big afternoon at Nonna’s house, they were taking baths when we talked to them.  Graham was quick to say “hi Daddy” and he even made sure that we knew he was at Nonna’s house.     

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