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Day 12: Saguaro National Park

Day 12: Saguaro National Park

We discovered another great place in our country today, Saguaro National Park. After sleeping in a bit we leisurely made it to the east side of the park and were provided with a great map of the trials and a few suggestions of what would fit our energy levels. We began the Loma Verde Loop, a road with numerous trailheads and outlook spots. We quickly noticed that there weren’t any other vehicles and the parking lots were empty. We eventually…

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Day 11: Coronado National Memorial

Day 11: Coronado National Memorial

We are fortunate. We are able to spend six weeks traveling and appreciating this great country. When we are done we are able to go home to our simple house and our normal lives resume. We are safe in our home. We are safe in our community. We are safe at work and school. If we weren’t safe in any one of the places, we would leave. We would run, not walk, to where we could grow and be strong…

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Day 10: Chiricahua and Bisbee

Day 10: Chiricahua and Bisbee

My post from yesterday just finally had enough internet juice to post, but so much has happened since I wrote it. We were keeping our eye on those thunderstorms that the area needs so badly and we thought we’d be good to go for camping. We pulled into a great campground to find that most people had been scared of the potential rain and bailed on the night. The skies were blue and the sun was shining as we set…

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Day 9: Pistachio Land, White Sands NM, Grandy’s, Camping

Day 9: Pistachio Land, White Sands NM, Grandy’s, Camping

The day started exactly how I like, hot coffee at my bedside as I slowly awoke. It quickly got even better after a call home to my dad for pre Father’s Day well wishes. After an okay breakfast we made a stop at a roadside attraction that we simply couldn’t pass. The World’s Largest Pistachio. It sure was a big one. After a quick picture with it we wandered through the gift shop until we came to the tasting bar….

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Day 8: Slaughter Cave at Carlsbad Caverns NP

Day 8: Slaughter Cave at Carlsbad Caverns NP

Throughout the last couple of years we have been to a number of caves across the country. Mammoth Caves in Kentucky, Lehman Cave in Nevada, Timpanogos in Utah, and now Calrsbad Caves in New Mexico. Each are awesome and today didn’t disappoint. We were at the flag raising ceremony before the Visitor’s Center opened and met the rest of our tour group shortly after that. Months ago Zak made reservations for this small, dark tour of Slaughter Cave. The rangers…

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Day 7: Guadalupe Peak

Day 7: Guadalupe Peak

The sense of pride and exhaustion is so great from us all right now. We climbed to the top, and down from the top, of the tallest mountain in Texas, Guadalupe Peak. This hike was almost 9 miles round trip, 3,000 feet of elevation gain and loss, and took us about 6 hours. More importantly than any of the numbers is the work and feelings that went into this accomplishment. For the past couple of days Zak has been doubtful…

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Day 6: Salinas Pueblo Missions, Smoky Bear Memorial, and Roswell International UFO Museum and Research Center

Day 6: Salinas Pueblo Missions, Smoky Bear Memorial, and Roswell International UFO Museum and Research Center

This day could be described as the perfect cross country road trip day. We did a little National Park stuff, a lot of beautiful driving, and two quirky gems. I’ve learned so much about the Ancestrial Puebloans and the Spanish missionaries in the 1600s in New Mexico. This was a topic in history I knew absolutely nothing about, but I’m hooked now. I want to learn so much more. I want to keep discovering. I want to go back in…

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Day 5: Georgia O’Keefe Museum and Petroglyph NM

Day 5: Georgia O’Keefe Museum and Petroglyph NM

We woke up in our “shitty hotel” in Santa Fe. (Exact words Zak squeezed in after “I can’t wait to get out of this…” last night during a heated conversation with the manager during a very unhappy experience at the Homewood Suites. But we got the room compped and they were both polite to one another at checkout this morning.) Our first stop was breakfast. Zak found a local favorite, Tecolote Cafe, which has been featured on Food Network. It…

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Day 4: Bandelier and the Manhattan Project

Day 4: Bandelier and the Manhattan Project

We so did Day 4 well! I didn’t wake up in the best mood. Last night’s accommodations didn’t quite meet my standard and the free continental breakfast didn’t appeal to me at all. Fortunately, Zak searched for the nearest Starbucks and found one not too out of the way on our way to Bandelier. The even better news was that they tried to pull that ol’ Starbucks trick of filling half the cup with foam and only a bit of…

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Day 3: Capulin Volcano, Fort Union, Pecos NHP

Day 3: Capulin Volcano, Fort Union, Pecos NHP

Today it got real! For nearly a year, this is what I’ve been waiting for. We finally got our hiking boots back on. We were alone in nature. Seriously. We did three hikes at our first stop and only saw a handful of people. It was just us, the desert air, and a dead volcano. Capulin Volcano is probably one of the coolest places I’ve ever been. We got to hike along the rim of the cone and then down…

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