Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

We are having turkey day with Diane and Guy in Pagosa. Kids are having a great time here with the snow and ice. We have been here for a few days since leaving Santa Fe NM. We have been sledding twice and skiing and snowboarding once. And of course, the boys including jakjak love to go down to the river and play on the ice and throw rocks in the river.

Monica is digging grandpas big griddle. Bacon and eggs every morning for breakfast. I cooked a juicy steak this morning as well.

Last night we watched up. Good little movie.

Got to go, time to play on the frozen river some more.

Friday, November 13, 2009

First Epic of 2009 Road Trip

Well, it was bound to happen, but we had our first little epic tonight. After driving 7 hours from Amarillo, Tx to Santa Fe, NM, our nav system took us up a weird route. It looked normal on the nav map until we hit dirt, which was mud from the rain. I went up a little ways, then turned around and backtracked 15 miles to take another road.

Well, after 14 miles on this road, it turned to dirt (mud) and I went a little too far and got the truck and trailer stuck. The mud was like oil. So by this time, it is 7 pm and dark and 36 degrees out at 7000 ft elevation. After debating about just sleeping right there in the trailer with the 4 kids and braving the 20 degree night, we decided to walk down the road for a mile to the last house we saw and use their phone, since we had no cell coverage.

So we went down to the house, kind of scary, but they were very nice and helped us. Unfortunately, we could not get a wrecker to understand where we were.

So I then walked back up the road, unhooked the trailer and blasted my way out with the truck. Man, that mud is terrible. So we headed back down to Santa Fe, which was an hour backwards and got a hotel. 11pm by this time. I talked to some wreckers who did not think they could get the truck out, so I kept calling and found a gung ho guy that is going to meet me in the morning to head up there and get the trailer. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Oh and did I mention I stepped in dog shit and got it on my rug in the truck.
What a f... night.
Hopefully no one will mess with our trailer.

Oklahoma City was a blast. We stayed with James and Chrissy for 4 days. The kids played wonderfully together and Chrissy cooked up some great food. I have put on way too much weight in Texas and Oklahoma. I am a sucker for TexMex. And we got to climb in some silos, fun, fun..

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Lake Murray Oklahoma

We are now camping in southern Oklahoma on Lake Murray. Our campsite is 15 feet from the water. The boys and I swam out to elephant rock today. The water was freezing cold.
Wyatt busted his a.. on his bike today. I turned around and he was head over heels with the bike flying over his head.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Austin and San Antonio Texas

So we rolled into Austin Texas and have been staying with Mike and Brandy Jones. Austin is a beautiful city and area. I have to admit, I wouldn't mind living there. And there is even a little bit of climbing in the limestone canyons along the rivers. Weather has been perfect and we are having a great time and eating some awesome food Mike has been cooking up. Tex Mex rocks.

Mike and Brandy convinced us to go down to San Antonio today since we were so close. What a cool city. We took the kids to see the Alamo. That was cool.

Heading back to Austin tomorrow, then Oklahoma City. James and Chrissy, here we come.