I just remembered that I never got around to recapping our summer vacation! I am going to do a three or four part series just to keep it from becoming a very overwhelming post. Hopefully something will be helpful to you! (or at least entertaining).
We started the day at 4:00 am by loading up in the car and heading out. Our actual destination was Colorado, but we decided to take the long way so we could do some sight seeing along the way. The first day our destination was Albuquerque, NM so that we could hit the Four Corners Monument (where Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona meet) on day two.
Here are the girls and the puppy hanging in there. We were already in Oklahoma City when the sun came up. Road tripping with a dog is not easy at all. Here are some tips we learned from this trip.
1. Be prepared to not eat a meal as a family. Obviously you can't leave the dog in a hot car while you go in to eat so we ended up running into fast food places to get food so we could eat on the road while Justin walked the dog. Also, keep this in mind when you are figuring out where you want to sight see... some places aren't going to pet friendly (museums, etc) so remember this when planning.
2. Bring your pet's vaccination papers. We could have taken her to doggy daycare to Petco so we could go to a restaurant to eat and to sight see when we got to New Mexico for the night, but they required her vet records... which we didn't think to bring.
3. Get a car pet barrier. She wanted to climb up front and snuggle the whole time, but there wasn't room for all that. (And her roaming around wasn't safe.) We ended up stopping in Amarillo, TX to buy one so we could keep her confined. This was a serious sanity saver.
I'm glad we took her with us, but it was first road trip with a dog so we had some learning to do for sure!
I used the RoadTrippers App. to find cool stuff to see along the way. Here is one of the items I had marked.. The Groom Cross located in Groom, Texas. Looking at the website, it would have been a cool place to stop... but it was beautiful enough on it's own just driving by.
We all cheered when we hit New Mexico, mostly because the girls and I had never been there. New Mexico is absolutely beautiful. I loved seeing the mountains, as well as the road runners all over the place. I don't think I could handle all that heat, but the view was amazing.
Here's the view from our hotel. I love being to see the mountains overlooking such a busy city.
We grabbed some to go food from Outback Steakhouse (Blooming Onion: nom-nom-nom), ate in our hotel room and spent a couple of hours in the pool. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express... and we very pretty impressed. It was a nice room, for about $100 for the four of us. I would stay with them again for sure.
If you ever make it to Albuquerque, and you are Breaking Bad fan there are all kinds of landmarks from the show on the RoadTrippers App. You can see all the houses featured in the show, as well as Walter's grave. We aren't really die hard fans, but if had spent longer in town we would have checked them out.
Have you ever been to Albuquerque? What did you love to see or do when you were there?