365 Days on the Road

April 27, 2014 we headed out on our grand adventure to see the country. We sold the majority of our belongings: minus the books, photo albums, and home videos, those went to storage, and moved our family of six into our 35 ft Zinger.

 

Getting Rid of our Belongings

 

Since that time we have lived in four different states and added to our Band of Travelers a new member, Lucy Valentina, born February 14 in New Mexico.

Lucy Valentina

 

In Texas we saw our first rodeo and climbed Enchanted Rock.Llano, TX Rodeo

Enchanted Rock TX

From there we moved on to Cloudcroft, New Mexico where we lived at an elevation of over 9000 ft with a glorious daytime temperature of 70 degrees. I saw my first herd of elk and the wild horses of the Mescalero Apache Reservation.

Cloudcroft, New Mexico

And the children had the time of their lives sledding in summer at the White Sands National Monument.

White Sands National Monument

Not finished with the Land of Enchantment we moved north to the Four Corners area where we visited 700 + year old cliff dwellings and took a six hour train ride from Durango, CO to the old mining town of Silverton.

spruce tree dwelling

Durango Silverton Train

We stayed in New Mexico longer than intended as we waited for the birth of our precious sixth child Lucy.

As winter drug on we decided it was time to move to a warmer climate and ended up in Huachuca City, AZ. Here we learned about people like Doc Holiday and Wyatt Earp. We visited Tombstone.

Oliver and Doc Holiday

Oliver and Doc Holiday

Bisbee.

Bisbee, AZ

Old Tucson.

Medicine man show

The Chiricahua National Monument.

Chiricahua National Monument

And the Saguaro National Park.

Saguaro Cacti

These are but a few of the places we have been and the sights we have seen. As a family we have learned more about our country’s Western history than either Jim or I ever learned in school and we have walked streets where some of that history was made.

As we start our second year we look forward to continuing our education as we trek across the country.

 

The Saguaro National Park

This post was written by two of my daughters and the artwork is from my youngest son. I took the photos.

Today we went to the Saguaro National Park. I know that most of the time when people picture the desert they think of dry sand and dead grass. But in the Saguaro Park I was very surprised with how many bright yellow flowers there were. They really brightened the place up.

What I learned and thought was really cool is that the Saguaro cactus can live up to 200 years!

Dad got me two books, one about coyotes and the other about desert life. I also learned that people call the Saguaro cactus a bird hotel because birds make nests in the cacti by making holes in them.

Written by Willow age 9.

Saguaro National Park

Cacti and flowers cover the ground in the Saguaro National Park in Tucson, AZ.

These spiky cacti look like something you would see in cartoons or old Westerns. They’re not the friendliest of plants. We each got stuck by them while hiking.

Walking down the trails we saw beautiful flowers of orange, yellow, and purple.

Some of the cacti look like they were getting ready for a boxing match with the position of their arms. Some of them looked like they lost and had their heads knocked off.

It was really awesome!

Ivy age 12.

Saguaro Cacti

butterfly

Oliver's painting

Oliver’s painting of the desert. Age 7.