Basically every night is a personal challenge to Brian to make the BEST FIRE EVER IN THE HISTORY OF FIRES. I believe he succeeded here.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
We left with some questions, like ... why are there only 4 logs over here and then one complete tree all the way over there? If it was a forest, wouldn't these logs be everywhere? Why is the wood crystalized? Do geodes come from this wood? Why are the ravens the size of small cattle around here? Etc etc. Strange little place. Probably the most interesting part was the petroglyphs on the side of a rock, left by some sort of native culture (again, vague with the details here). Definitely worth a drive through, though!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
We landed in Ruidoso on Friday, late, exhausted, but so happy to have arrived! We chose this for our first stop because our realtor and friend, Don, and his wife Susan offered up their vacation home for a few nights for us. And do we pass up free vacation homes? No, no we do not.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Some things we saw along the way:
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
We started exploring honeymoon options a few months after we got engaged and had a ferocious list going within days. Greece, Costa Rica, Africa, South America (that's right, the whole continent). SO MANY PLACES TO GO. And the best part was, we knew we'd have that precious little thing called time, so we wanted to stretch it out as long as possible. And then began the budgeting. Even using Brian's parents' timeshare partnership, we were still looking at spending several thousand dollars for 7-10 days. Something about that was just ...
You can see where this is going. The good old U.S. of A. started looking a whole lot more appealing to our wallets, calendars, and general wild west sensibilities. So we set the wedding for May, set the move to Chicago for August, and left a big chunk of time in the middle for a great American road trip.
The trip has taken many forms over the past six months or so, but we've finally settled on a loose route covering the West side of the states. Obviously we'd love to do the whole country but we're pretty sure that all six weeks are going to get whittled away by the southwest and pacific northwest, so why fight it?
Our plan is to hit a few major spots and allow ourselves time to dawdle and explore the places in between. We'll target National Parks and sleep in our sweet camper van (which we'll post about separately). Musts include the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Yosemite, Oregon, and Yellowstone. Possibilities include anything else that we discover along the way, and we're hoping you guys will help us by leaving some suggestions on the blog as we make our way near something you know about! We've got books, games, a Garmin GPS, an iPod, a DVD player, and hiking gear out the wazoo (putting all those wedding gifts to use!). We'll keep you posted every couple of days as possible and can't wait to hear feedback!