What an Adventure!!!
We are back from our 13 day road trip through Oregon, California, and Arizona. We spent several days on the road, saw so many different kinds of geography, had great weather, and our motor home had no problems!!! Yay!!! We enjoyed spending time with my husband’s mother and step father in Ajo, Arizona. My daughter learned out to do stained glass while there and finished 5 projects by the time we left. My son enjoyed playing dominoes & 21 with his grandma. We all took a ton of photographs of the beautiful area – the landscape is so vastly different from ours in Oregon. We loved spending Christmas in the desert with our family!
Settling in for a long road trip
Our first dinner on the road – YUM!
We made it to Grandma Fran and Grandpa Bud’s home
They had so many different kinds of cacti in their yard
Learning how to do stained glass
A very Merry Christmas was had by all!
We headed down the road to my husband’s father and stepmother’s house in Yuma, Arizona. It was so nice to see their faces – it’s been too long! We endured an incredible wind storm the first night there and the following day kept us in close quarters due to the severe wind gusts. We were able to make it out for some shopping and lunch before huddling up for the night. The next day brought beautiful weather with no winds! We went to town to watch a football game during lunch before heading to the Yuma Territorial
Grandma might be a bad influence!
Can you imagine how hot these cells got in the Arizona summer???
After breakfast the following day, we headed down the road. We were going to go see some cliff dwellings and the Grand Canyon but sadly, the roads were terrible. Instead, we had a fun and spontaneous journey home. We stopped near San Diego a few hours later to explore the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. It was unbelievably beautiful to see the animals running free and loving their environment. The kids thought it was really cool and so did my husband and I!
Can you see the 6 hour old baby giraffe on the right? It was amazing to see!!
The next day, we surprised the kids with a stop at Legoland. It was a fun and crazy place to spend the day. The Lego statues throughout the park were incredible and we all were amazed by them. We spent nearly two hours in line for one roller coaster, but it was worth it! We had a blast exploring the area, learning how Lego’s are made, and riding rides. It was a jam packed day and we were all exhausted by the end of it. We headed down the road before stopping in Dana Point to watch an amazing sunset.
One of my favorite Lego structures
Waiting in line for the roller coaster
Sunset in Dana Point, California
A great way to end a fantastic day!
We spent time traveling North on the scenic Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway)
After lunch and headed back to Oregon
We had a blast documenting our journey by keeping a fun list of things we saw along the way – here is our list:
Arizona Road Trip – Bird and Wildlife Find:
Snowy Egret: 8
House Finch: 1
Too Many to Count:
Geese – Canadian & Snow
Jack Rabbit: 1
Pigs: At least a dozen
White Tail Deer: 3
Too Many to Count:
OTHER Random Interesting Things:
HUGE American Flags: 9
British Columbia, Canada
What a beautiful family!
I love the sunset photos…so pretty.
What a great trip and your kids got exposed to many different things – we should teach ours to do stainded glass. Shocking difference between OR and AZ.
This looks like a glorious way to end the year! I’m so glad the kids got to visit their grandparents for Christmas; it makes the holiday memories so special. And I chuckled at Grace occupying her own perch in the motor home. Welcome home, Pam!
What an awesome trip! Memories your whole family will definitely have forever 🙂
Beautiful photos and experiences. Thanks for sharing, Pam
An amazing adventure by the look of it and I think your selfie is great. May 2016 hold all you need
Love Oregon-have lived there for almost 7 years! I love everything about Oregon-yes, even the rains 🙂 Go Beavers!!!
Hiya Pam, Loved seeing all the photos from your family adventure! Looks like you had an amazing vacation! =)