June - July 2016
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  • Day1

    Sea-Tac Airport

    June 17, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Sitting at our gate!! The airport is hopping, but TSA Precheck really paid off! Already forgot something...our walking sticks. Kind of bummed, but we'll live. On a brand spankin' new 737-900 - pretty neat!

    Goodbye sunny Seattle (for the next 16 days!) Off to sunnier and hotter Las Vegas - gateway to our Southwest US adventures!

    Cannot believe our departure is finally here! Let the fun begin!!

    A
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  • Day2

    Hoover Dam

    June 18, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 37 °C

    Wow!! Amazing feat of engineering! Lovin' the art deco!! Crazy how low the reservoir is...kinda scary! Enjoyed the air conditioned tour 500' below the surface. Pushing 90 degrees by 9:30am - not used to this! Chugging water and hounding the kids to do the same. Ranger warned us that kids dehydrate much quicker than adults. Bought a variety of True Lemon flavor sticks to make water more inviting - no sugar or dyes! Mom win!!

    My scavenger hunt (152 items that I put together before we left) has gone better than I hoped! The boys dove right in and have a nice little competition going. Double mom win!! :-)

    RV is good. Newer model. They've tucked storage everywhere they can - adequate for our stuff, but I've had to be clever stowing stuff. Tom has driven the whole time so far. I unpacked on our way to Lake Mead last night. On our way to Kingman now for lunch, then I'll have my first stint.
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  • Day2

    Getting Our Kicks on Route 66!!

    June 18, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Stopped at the birthplace of Route 66!!! Ice Cream at Snow Cap Delgadillos.

    ~L & A

    Matt Kolacz

    Makes you want to watch Cars! But not because my son broke me of that movie. Sad day. Great pics!

    6/19/16Reply
     
  • Day2

    Long First Day on the Road

    June 18, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    Lost an hour in AZ and still felt like a long day!

    Lots of driving - I've never driven anything so big. We are ~8.5' wide and nearly 12' tall. It's like directing a barn down the road! Feel okay on open roads - nervous in tighter areas (anything other than open highway!) Definitely not used to being passed so much!! ;-)

    Really enjoyed the peace of driving down Route 66. Tom had just handed over the wheel and was snoozing. The kids redeemed their screen time poker chips and were enjoying a movie together. Hardly any cars on the road. Struck me that exactly one year prior I was at my first chemo treatment. Particularly reflecting on the shock and sadness of a fellow parent from school simultaneously drawing his last breaths (diagnosed with agressive AML less than two weeks ago), I reveled in my health, my freedom, my beautiful, crazy family, and just feeling very content with life.

    Taking a bit to settle into RV routine! Figuring out where I stowed everything is a challenge. Everything needs to be put away immediately or the place is instantly trashed. Easier said than done with two kids! ;-)

    Been some bickering, bossing, teasing, and antagonizing from the immature humans, so situation normal. L got car sick, which hasnt happened in years! The boys had a very hard time going to sleep in a new, exciting, and close quartered environment the first night. Up until 10:30pm (I took another hour to finally fall asleep.) L was up at 6am yesterday and read until the parental units awoke at 7am and R another 30-45 beyond. Crashed pretty hard last night!!

    Getting used to the quirks of an RV - not having water and electricity until you flip switches is strange. The place shakes anytime someone moves, which is interesting at night. Bumping into one another trying to access stuff, brushing teeth, etc. And the shower is definitely efficient! Thank goodness for the skylight or Tom would have to hunch!!

    Set up camp, Tom and the kids made a fire while I skewered meat that Heather had chopped and marinated and we flew down frozen. So easy and yummy! Fresh corn and spinach salad, plus smores for dessert (of course!) Bathed the filthy urchins and threw 'em in bed - we were asleep soon after.

    Overall, a good first day. Looking forward to staying parked the next two days as we explore the Grand Canyon!!

    ~A
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