Around August of this year (2021), my husband and I started talking about making a trip to the Grand Canyon. He had driven along the Red Rock Scenic Byway Drive through Sedona on a business trip, and called to tell me we had to take this drive. My question was- what else is out that way for us to see?
He said we could make the drive to the Grand Canyon we’ve always talked about.
So we did.
We didn’t get to see the scenic drive, as it turns out, due to weather. But we did so so much more. For 11 days we traveled out west as a family; we spent many hours in the car … like so. so. many. But we broke the hours up with lots of stops in different places.
We stayed in Airbnbs, in 4 different towns- experiencing
- hiking Walnut Canyon
- the Grand Canyon in the fog, snow, and sun, via a car and a train.
- We drove through Navajo Nation, which is absolutely beautiful, for a short hike through the desert to see Horseshoe Bend
- and then went on to Canyon X, a section of Antelope Canyon
- we drove through the Petrified Forest
- stopped in Albuquerque (on our way to TX) where we visited Old Town and the History and Science Museum (There isn’t anything worth noting in Albq, except a really good restaurant called Fork and Fig. Yum!)
- We ended our trip at Palo Duro Canyon, TX where we decided we need to return for a spring/summer camping trip down in the canyon.
The kids were great, everyone was ready to come home by day 11 (so we headed back 1 day earlier than planned), baby napped on daddy’s back each day, and we all crashed into bed every night. On December 27 Baby B got really sick, throwing up in the car. We weren’t sure if it was car sickness or something else.
Now that we’ve all been very badly sick with fever, chills, headaches, body aches, and nausea (for the kids) we are guessing it was the latter…
It isn’t exactly a 1 week wrap up … more like 1.57 week wrap up, but it’ll do.
I think I will try to get some posts up with info on each part of our trip, so that when families are looking for information on traveling there, they can see what it is like for families. if you’d be interested in hearing more about that, shoot me a message on FB, or comment!
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