Okay, ya'll knew I was going to have to use that song now, didn't you? lol! We are home finally! We had a great time but it is so good to be home and sleeping in my bed and bathing in my wonderful shower with it's non-chlorinated spring water. We did make it to Somewhere in Louisiana Sunday night, after my last post, and checked into a little cheapie hotel. Jack woke up about 4:30 Monday morning though and couldn't go back to sleep, so he woke me and asked if I was game just to go ahead and head out again. I'm used to getting up at that hour anyway so I said sure! and we packed up quick and took off. That got us home yesterday about 1:30 in the afternoon. We stopped at a grocery store near the house to pick up a few tings and I swear, when we walked in, the store was playing 'Sweet Home Alabama' on it's sound system.
I put together a few fun facts of our trip I thought ya'll might like:
*We traveled through 6 states (not including AL) for a round trip total of 5,426 miles.
The states included Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado.
*We visited 9 National Parks or Monuments and hiked somewhere around 22 miles total within these parks.
*The parks included Big Bend, Carlsbad Caverns, The Petrified Forest (which includes part of the Painted Desert), Wupatki/ Sunset Crater, The Grand Canyon, Canyon De Chelly, Aztec, Mesa Verde, and Chaco Canyon. Sorry guys, but we did not stop by Palo Duro. We didn't make it to the area until around sunset and the park would be closing soon so we just kept going. Maybe next time.
* We just happen to stumble upon 2 festivals going on in 2 towns. An art fair in Taos and the big Hot Air Ballon Festival in Albuquerque.
* We got into all the National Forests for free because Jack is over 60! Sometimes it pays to be an old fart.
* We stayed for free in all the Hamptons and one Hilton Garden Inn the majority of the nights because Jack had accumulated so many points with them through work. I was VERY appreciative of this. Hamptons are very nice.
*We camped one night and stayed 2 nights with Jack's very gracious brother and sister and their spouses. They all are lovely people and treated us so well.
I think we both gained about 5 pounds and sampled all kinds of great food and sweets. I'm not big on desserts but Jack can sniff out any kind of candy or sweets and we succumbed to most of it! But it was fun. Oh, yeah, Jack and I spent 17 days together straight with one break of about an hour and a half and we didn't kill each other. I don't know that I have ever been with any one person so continuously for so long before in my life. We did get a little aggravated with each other a couple of times but it was no big deal and we would laugh later and go on. I thought we did pretty good. Jack is very accommodating and took care of all the luggage for me and did the vast majority of the driving. He even washed the clothes several times although I did get to wash them the last time. Since we saved so much money on lodging and entrance fees, we bought several things from the local artists and such. I have several beautiful mementos from this trip. I'll show those to you in the next post and maybe some more scenery photos.
It really was a trip of a lifetime.