Cross-Country Road Trip 2016: Cali to Bama in a Pick-Up Truck

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One last basketball game with friends

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The movers came and boxed us up.

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Day 1: I promise our children do not normally consume sodas and play video games all day. Remember this was a manly trip…which really just means that I was not there, so don’t blame me. 😉

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California: Do you see the train going into the tunnel? Look closely.

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Arriving in Vegas. Don’t worry. I promise they didn’t see the shows, play the slots, or um…look around…

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hangin’ with friends

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What kids do in Vegas

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There was an Avengers thing-a-majig going on there,.

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And Caleb’s turn

Next Stop: North Rim of the Grand Canyon!!

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You will see them shading their eyes constantly in these photos. Our eyes have very little pigmentation. It’s hard! Plus, we couldn’t find their sunglasses.

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Were they not too sure about this at first?

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We gotta frame this.

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Before the trip they thought the Grand Canyon was worth skipping. Ha! They get it now.

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And on the road again…

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I love these window landscape shots. The Southwest is uniquely beautiful.

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This one made me laugh. Bless their hearts. Buy them some sunglasses!!

Once you finish chuckling over their eye covers, check out the FOUR CORNERS behind them: You can be in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado all at the same time.

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I’m thinking this is probably Colorado. I wasn’t there, and Alan’s outside building a trampoline, so I can’t ask him. Poor Alan. So glad I’m not the one with the big muscles that builds things.

Mesa Verde National Park

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As I mentioned before, we learned about these Anasazi cliff-dwellers in school this year, so what a perfectly timed field trip.

 

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When do I get to go see this because I want to too!

 

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This part would have been my favorite!

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On the road again, just can’t wait to get back on the road again….

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Next Stop: Oklahoma City

 

It just might’ve been his best birthday ever. And no, we’ve never been Braves fans, but I thought it went along with the whole becoming Southern thing. He approved. He also loved his bat bag and baseball cards.

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They went to an OKC Dodgers (minor league baseball) game. Caleb is crazy for baseball this year.

 

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It was a double-header, so Alan even got them a hotel where they could watch the game from their hotel room. Nice!

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Yes, they loved this pool.

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What’s better than a day at the ballpark?

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Well, iHop is a close second. Mmmm

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Oh yeah, and Alan also took them to Pops, a soda pop factory/store. (Thanks for all the ideas, Greg!) They brought back a cooler full of sodas too. I might as well go ahead and schedule their dental appointments. No, it hasn’t been a full 6 months, but there was this trip.

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Do you think it will make him hyper?

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Yes. Apparently.

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On to Arkansas…

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By this point, Alan was speeding the trip along, so they just whipped right through Arkansas, and on to Tennessee:

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We were all intrigued to see what this giant pyramid was, and it turned out to be a BASS PRO SHOPS!! Haha!

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And no trip to Bammer is complete without a visit to Bryant-Denny. (That’s the University of Alabama football stadium, for all you non-southerners or non football fans.)

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They had to shield their eyes from the glitter of all those national championship trophies. hehe Roll Tide!

And finally, they arrived and reunited with Mom and little brothers!

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As far as I can tell, having three brothers is extremely fun.

We enjoyed being together for a couple of days, all of us as a family in our new house. But our work is not done. Alan, Joshua, and Caleb are over at my parents’ house, helping them move, and Joshua and Caleb are going to stay for the rest of the week. They are super excited because the Wii died in the fire, so Grandaddy has promised to buy an x-box for their house.

Happy Summer, y’all!!

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