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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Family Road Trip - Day 4: Chiricahua National Monument

Aside from being so tired my brain and my body hurt we are having a fantastic time. I followed our new breakfast routine and raided the continental breakfast with a try and a bag. Bringing up breakfast saves time and makes it so much easier to get the kids fed. So we had breakfast and leftover cheesecake. Cheesecake for breakfast why not. We started packing up and then Mr. Rogue got pooped on. This man, he has the best of luck with My Little Rose. He changed, we joked about his luck, and then we packed the car.

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Today we were visiting Chiricahua National Monument. On the drive over we had to question a couple of times if we are going the right way. We were seemingly driving to nowhere. There was nothing around. Nothing at least to indicate there was something incredible around. Both kids passed out on the long drive to nowhere, and then just like that we were there. Tall spires of rock seemed to reach into the sky. They were so odd, like we had stumbled onto another planet or some weird Tim Burton movie. It was crazy, it was wild and cold. We stopped at the visitor center, but because both kids were sleeping I ran in while Mr. Rogue stayed in the car with the kids.

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From the ranger I found a hike, a maybe we can manage hike. It’s a mile in, and a mile back, with a rugged trail of ups and downs. We weren’t sure how my Little Cricket was going to do. We weren’t sure how my Little Rose was going to do, but at least was going to be carried in the baby bijiorn. We figured worst case scenario I could wear the baby and Mr. Rogue could carry my Little Cricket back out. Or we could stop and rest for a long while. Or we will just work it out. We are adventurous, we are conquerors, I just hope we aren’t crazy. The view from the top of the of the hike was simply breathtaking. Magnificently majestic. Oh so beautiful. My mom is the one who recommended us stopping here. Before she mentioned it I had never heard of this park before. This trip would have been worth it for this view alone.

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We started the hike to the Grotto, a collection of rocks about a mile down the bowl. The going was slow, rocky and with lots of snow and ice. Living in LALA land my Little Cricket doesn’t get to see a lot of snow so you can imagine how he was completely entranced. It was cool but not cold. The sun was out and it kept the perfect temperature for our slow, discovering as we go, hike.

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Halfway into the hike we were doing well, or as well as to be expected. Much of the hike was near sheer cliff face, which means that I had to be super hyper vigilant. Can’t have a 2.5 year old wandering off the cliff. And then my foot was hurting more than normal. I have planters fasciitis (which went away but is back again), and my feet always have a little bit of pain, but this was different. I stopped, took off my sock and shoe, only to find a huge CRACK in the skin of my heel. AWESOME. I am literally falling apart.

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We didn’t make great time, it took a little over two hours to go the mile down the bowl to get to the grotto. But we weren’t in a hurry; we were in the smell the rose’s kind of place. And so we took our time, knowing that it would probably take us longer to get back out. The grotto ended up being incredible. These rock formations were so cool and the colors on the rock with the blue sky made everything so unique. After frolicking and taking photos and a snack we turned around to make the trek back to the car.

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My foot was killing me. KILLING ME. As soon as we got back to the car I took two extra strength Tyelenol. But we weren’t done with our work yet. We both changed diapers and clothes, something that we have now become very good at. I take my Little Rose, my husband takes my Little Cricket, and we change diapers on the two front seats. After making sure the kids had their snacks and bottle, we were on our way again.
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Hunger kicked in about an hour in the drive. So I got out my mad search skills. I am getting so good at looking for awesomeness on the road. I found a Mexican restaurant on our way-ish to the hotel, La Posta that had amazing reviews. OMG awesome food. Awesome ambiance. Mr. Rogue even got a super yummy margarita.

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We arrived at the hotel by 9:30. Yay early for a change. I so need a great nights sleep.

2 comments:

Jennifer Arens said...

you put the can in mexican. Brrr

paul peggy zeus said...

One of my very favorite places in the USA. The hoodoos are breathtaking, the birding is amazing, and the sites are astounding.

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