So, my recap from our road trip is pretty much done. I had some extra pictures from Moab, though. I loved these shots I took at Turret Arch. First up was Asher:
...then I got Noah to take this pic of me...
...then of Nathan and me together...
Noah opted not to jump and says "thank you very much." ;)
Random thoughts from our trip...
- We drove 2296 miles and replaced one car battery. Other than the battery, we were pleased with how well our van managed with the altitude changes and the heat.
- Noah suggested playing the "no talking" game within minutes of starting our trip. Asher decided to take him up on it and managed to not speak in the van for the first two days. Really. It was pretty impressive...and was assisted by the fact that Micah volunteered to act as Asher's interpreter--relaying things Asher used sign language to convey or used his iPod to type out.
- We're so glad to be past the infant and toddler stage...so much easier to do this type of trip with older boys. :) Nathan and I nudged each other numerous times, thankful to not be carrying a kid or trying to convince one to eat/drink or chasing one down and trying to instruct him to stay on the trail.
- People watching at national parks is entertaining. ;) We saw lots of inappropriate footwear and unprepared folks...along with the over-prepared. Tour buses full of people are particularly fun. (And I'm rather impressed with the bus drivers' skills...negotiating through some of those park roads can't be easy!)
- Yes, we picked up a new magnet at each of the parks. (We have at least one from each of these parks already but got new ones since it was a new trip.)
- Happy to report that we made it through the week without any sunburn.
- I'm going to need to get Asher (and maybe Micah) a bigger CamelBak. Having one for each of us, though, continues to be very handy.
- Our boys really were terrific ages for this trip...old enough to remember this and carry their own stuff and understand the relationship between food and grumpiness and recognize the need to avoid dehydration.
- Also, not to jinx anything, but they were awesomely fun to spend time with. I truly appreciated how cooperative and happy they each were. So blessed!
I'm sure I'm forgetting stuff. ;) But. That's that for our road trip. Back now to finishing laundry and catching up. I'll leave you with these final two pictures...snapped on our way out of Moab...
They had a new museum there that, under other circumstances, would have been fun to stop at. But. We were all tired and ready to be home...so posing with the dinosaur by the sign had to be sufficient. :)