Our plans to backpack Shenandoah were wildfired out, so with less than 2 weeks before Matt's vacation came up, I started looking at other options and decided on New Mexico. The trip would give the kids 3 new states-Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico, bringing them to an even 20 states and New Mexico would be a new state for Matt.

We headed out after work Thursday night, making it to Corinth, MS in time for dinner at Blazing Noodlez and to pick up the end of the concert in the park going on next door. Afterward, we walked around the downtown and found a geocache before setting off once more.


Loaded for camping, backpacking, snoring, hammocking (never used those!) swimming, cold, heat, sand and days between laundry!


The goodie box with travel games, snacks, art supplies and treats for the kids. It took them days to open it.


Headed out! 3700 miles total.


The tentative plan

The actual route:
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Friday/Saturday, Wichita Mountains
Sunday, Tent Rocks
Monday, Santa Fe Mountains
Tuesday, Ghost town
Wednesday, White Sands
Thursday, zoo
Friday, Carlsbad
Saturday, zoo
Drive home

Arkansas has two, yes two rest stops, both well before the halfway point. So, around 3 in the morning, I pulled into a small hospital parking lot and fell asleep. We headed out again around 6.
The drive was a little odd. I had the radio off so everyone could sleep. Matt and I had been up LATE the night before and both got up with his alarm at 4 and though I planned a nap mid day, I never did, so by 3 a.m. I had been awake 23 hours with under 4 hours of sleep the night before. There were many, many gators, which is what we have always called truck tires that have flayed apart. They lined the side of the Interstate and sprinkled here and there were deer, some standing on the road to graze the berm. I was going 65 past all of this thinking every second I was about to crash into something before STOPPING ever occurred to me. hahaha

Matt took over driving once we were in Oklahoma and he had stopped to use the bathroom. We finished off the massive leftovers from the Thai place for breakfast and headed on our way toward Oklahoma City. It was raining so we decided indoors was best and went to the science center where our reciprocal pass would get us in free. It was jam packed, it was 10 a.m. and every person in town with a kid under 10 was running for the doors. We bailed on that plan and were going to the Osteo Museum to see skeletons when I saw the Natural Science Museum instead and we ended up there. Our pass got us in half price, which was a nice surprise!


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