My family and I have been on our road trip (itinerary HERE) since August 16th, which means that I have been blogging on the road. I am a little bit behind on blogs that I'm committed to write, but I plan to complete them within the next two days. Of course, I can write them now, but there have been a lot of sponsored posts lately, and there needs to be a non-sponsored one in between, I feel. :o)
Okay, so, on 8/16, we left our home in San Diego, California:
About one hour later, we found ourselves in a town called Flinn Springs, but we were still in San Diego County:
After some time, we finally ended up in Arizona! The region we drove through was either very mountainous and covered in cacti...:
...or nothing but sand dunes:
Also, throughout the ride, we kept on seeing billboard ads like the sign below, everywhere. The billboard ads would invite us to go look at "the thing of the desert," or ask us, "What is 'the thing'?"
So, of course, we had to stop and see what is this "thing"! We each paid $1 to go in. "The thing" is placed inside of a museum of artifacts and oddities. I won't tell you what "the thing" is because it's tradition that people have to go and find out for themselves, so we don't want to spoil the fun. Also, out of respect to the exhibit, I decided to delete the picture that I took of it, and will not post it here. However, if you are very curious, there is a Wikipedia page on it; personally, I felt that the museum was being very disrespectful to what they called "the thing," but others may disagree.
This was also where we stopped to have our lunch and the "world-famous" date shake (an ice-cream shake with dates in it; it was so delicious!).
After we had stopped to eat, rest, and shop, we continued on. Eventually, we stopped for the night in Tucson, Arizona. The boys were so happy to be out of their carseats!
The next morning, we woke up, had breakfast, and begin driving some more:
We stopped at another shop in Arizona, but I can't remember which one now! I bought a tequila lollipop with a real worm inside for Kerry over at Blogger in Wonderland. I hope that she'll like it! Hahaha. A lot of people who have had it, say that it's delicious, though. I think I'll go back to that shop and get one for myself on the way home.
Eventually, we wound up at an old mission called San Xavier, which was built in the late 1600s:
Here's part of the original structure of the mission; this area has been here since the late 1700s. It's actually roped off, and nobody is allowed to go near it. :-)
Here are the mission kitchen (with an old stove!) and kitchen wares, as they were in the late 1700s, as well:
At the mission, we enjoyed delicious Navajo Tacos, made by a family of Navajo women. The tacos were actually served with lettuce and tomatoes, but I told them not to put in any because I wanted a picture of the meat filing.
As we drove further away from Arizona, and entered New Mexico, the scenery changed and became more green. Isn't it so beautiful?
...to be continued!