It's now time to share our Spring Break adventure (from over a month ago) because new adventures are already on the horizon and I don't want to forget this one (well actually I do want to forget some parts). The trip was quite a doozy I tell ya, and looking back it was really the first time I questioned whether a family trip of ours was worth the hassle. But despite how difficult parts of it were, we made more good memories than bad ones...so YES, it was worth it!
Our destination was Cloudcroft, New Mexico via El Paso. The day of our departure was cold and rainy as "winter" tried to get in one last hurrah. So at our first major stop, Balmorhea State Park, we broke out the puffy jackets. Kids just love wearing puffy jackets, especially since it only happens like two days out of the year.
After over 5 hours of riding, the kids were more than ready to burn off some energy.
The main attraction at Balmorhea State Park is a pool created by natural springs. The water temperature is always in the mid-70's and we let kids take turns dipping their hands in it. (Fun little fact: Ten days after we visited the park the pool was closed with the following notice: "Some swimmers have experienced bites causing skin itching from an unknown source in the pool." Oooh how mysterious! And creepy!)
Joe had a little trouble on the slippery rocks. For a moment I thought he was going to slide straight into the water and I was already trying to figure out how we were going to dry him off. A little mud, a little mess, oh well.
Aw, look who still had hair back then!
The next morning we drove on to White Sands, New Mexico. The kids were pretty grumpy for some reason, which in turn made me grumpy (plus remember I was tired and Billy was sick). The blinding sun didn't help, either.
Adrian was upset because he had to stay in the stroller.
But then Dad worked his magic and started cheering everyone up.
My hero. :)
After White Sands we drove up into the mountains to Cloudcroft and the CUTEST CABIN EVER: Cedar Lodge. I can't wait to share more pictures and share the fun and not-so-fun events of the next few days of our trip. But that's for next time. Hopefully tomorrow.