Well we're back in Texas! And it is hot. As we expected. I haven't stopped sweating. John took his first road trip with us and did really well. It took 3.5 days to get from Salt Lake City to San Antonio. For the last 1.5 days he was less tolerant of being in the car seat. But overall he was pretty happy.
Peter and I love road trips and we always try to make them into a little vacation with stops along the way. And since we had to stop anyways every 2.5 hours for little J to eat, we tried to make it fun.
The first night we made it to Moab in southern Utah. The only problem on our trip was that we didn't reserve hotel rooms ahead of time. We didn't know how far we would get each day since we had to stop so often with the baby. In Moab we got one of the last rooms in town and had to pay out the nose. There is a film being shot there so the hotels were all full.
The next morning we went to Arches National park for John's first hike out of utero. We hiked to the delicate arch. This is surely the most famous landmark in Utah.
John was like that little Expedia travel gnome posing here and there at famous sites. As you can see the excitement is too much for him.
That afternoon we tried to stop by the four corners where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah meet. We thought it would be fun to tell John that he had been in four states at once before he was 3 weeks old. But...
Thursday night we spent the night at a dingy super 8 in Alamosa, Colorado. I Would not recommend it. But Friday morning we stopped by Great Sand Dunes National Park. I had never been there before. It is beautiful. And the contrast between the sand and the mountains is so striking! I'd love to go back. Again, John is worn out from all the excitement.
Later that day we pulled over to eat lunch and enjoyed the spectacular view below. Peter was so excited to be in the mountains with his boy. They will have so much fun when John can stay awake long enough for a hike.
We stayed Friday night in Roswell, New Mexico. Where, again, we had trouble finding a room. There was some sort of football convention. And again we had to pay through the nose. But that's fine. The important thing is that we didn't have to sleep in the car.
Saturday we were going to attempt to stop at Carlsbad caverns but decided against it since John was becoming weary of the trip. We made it to San Antonio Saturday night where my mom had Caparelli's pizza waiting for us. This is the best pizza in SA.
And we're going to head back to Houston on Monday or Tuesday. We will really miss being out west. We love the west! Maybe we'll be back.
Side note: We invested in an ergo baby carrier. It's the carrier we're wearing in all the pictures. It was expensive but I think it's totally worth it. We needed a good carrier since we intended to go on a hike. I think it is the most versatile and well-designed carrier I have seen. You can wear the baby on your front, back or side. It distributes the weight around your waist, shoulders and back. Most of the others I've seen only use your shoulders and back. And it has a nap hood to hold the baby's head up if he falls asleep. And that hood also doubles as a sun shade- at least that's what we used it for. So, we've only used the carrier twice but so far I love it.