The last time I blogged my way through a road trip, I was able to give each day its own post (at least in the beginning). This time around, I’m finding that to be a lofty goal. I’m inclined to blame it on having a 3-year-old along, but really she’s been a champ about it all. She is excellent on the road.
We headed through the northern parts of both Texas and New Mexico. We were pleasantly surprised by the terrain in the Clayton and Raton areas. Grassy and hilly, they look quite a bit different from the land in our part of the world. We made it all the way to Colorado Springs the first night. Google maps indicated that it would take us eight and a half hours to get there. We left around 11:00 am and finally made it to our campsite around 10:30 that night. We wanted to knock out the longest part of the trip first. A lot of times, Cate kept us going with her enthusiasm. She kept talking about seeing her new friends over and over, to the point where we worried that she thought someone was meeting us there. We asked her who she thought would be there, and she just said, “I don’t know; we’ll see when we get there!”
We were starting to get moody after a stop at Wal-Mart for some forgotten items. I was put out by the state of the restrooms, (Cate wants to spend an inordinate amount of time in public restrooms!) and honestly just walking into a Wal-Mart makes me grumpy. When we got back to the car, we had this conversation:
Cate: Where are we going, guys?
Cory: We’re going camping.
Cate: (singsongy) I can’t hear you!
Cory: We’re going camping!
Cate: Both of you say it. Louder!
All of us: We’re going camping!!
It was impossible not to smile after that.