Summer Road Trippin Part Two
With the first day of Fall, right around the corner, I better get a move on these Summer Road Trip posts!! If you didn’t catch the first post of the series, check out part one here.
To recap, I spent three and a half weeks on the road with my three daughters (ages 10, 6 and 2) and we enjoyed having my husband drop in periodically as we and traveled West from Dallas, than North up to Wyoming, East to South Dakota and back South down to Dallas. The trip was full of quality time with friends and family, as well as, educational moments and lots of creativity. Although friends and family dominated this trip, I won’t be sharing a ton of photos of them because honestly, that’s what my shutterfly book is for! I’d like to recount stories and inspiration that I discovered when I took the time to unplug and get out of my fast paced working mom groove.
I always love a nice storm and surprisingly this was one of only two that we met during our entire road trip. Enjoyed this view about an hour and half outside El Paso. When I shot the photo, I was aiming at capturing the dark rain line that cut the sky in half. It wasn’t until I was doing some cropping that I noticed the face of a sad clown gracing my photo. Poor guy.
While on my journey, I keep a writing pad handy to record those moments of inspiration and for some reason I couldn’t get a certain poem off my mind. I am pretty sure the last time I read the Robert Frost classic below, I was in high school, but it was nice to revisit with a smile nonetheless:
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
In Las Cruces, we had the best time catching up my old friend and life mentor, Cynthia. She was like a mom to me growing up and every time I am with her, our conversations bring me clarity. She has an amazing way of motivating me, inspiring me and speaking a language that helps me see the big picture. She shared with me her vision board and reminded me of the value in having one. The last time I created one was after graduating college, so I got on it quickly! We talked on everything from family to faith and career. I love soaking up her wisdom which she is so gracious to impart.
Cynthia is also in the midst of a very exciting launch she is co-founder of called EnableWomen.com. She is ALL about promoting strength in women and giving them the tools they need to succeed. In between catching up, talking shop and checking out her newly renovated Las Cruces home, Cynthia and her wonderful husband, Larry (who has also known me since I was 10), were great hosts and showed us around the Historic Old Messilla District, which we all loved!
A fun tid-bit about Las Cruces: THERE ARE A LOT OF ROADRUNNERS!!!! Unfortunately, my vehicle and a roadrunner collided and all I saw were white feathers in my rear view mirror. Oddly enough, I am convinced it was an albino road runner. The “Greater Roadrunner” is New Mexico’s state bird and check out this crazy fact: The roadrunner is one of the very few animals quick enough to prey upon rattlesnakes. Yowza! As we departed Las Cruces on the 10, we were reminded how special this bird is to Las Cruces. Check out the recycled sculpture below that includes materials ranging from eyes made of Volkswagen headlights, to feathers of used sneakers, plastic toys and a bowling trophy!
Next stop: Phoenix! There we had the wonderful opportunity to see our friends Mama Kim and Julie! We had the best time soaking up the hot Arizona sun and catching up. Kim and I can talk for hours. The kiddos got a real treat in Arizona, as we prepared for the 4th of July! We bought a ton of fireworks and let the kids go wild! Surprisingly, there are no hard core laws against lighting fireworks in Phoenix, so the kids had a blast. One thing I will note about Arizona: Holy Heat!!! I really take for granted the ease of getting in and out of the car, simply to run errands. Texas is hot, but has nothing on Arizona! I was literally exhausted just walking from the grocery store to the car to load groceries. I didn’t get any decent photos of Kim and I while in Phoenix, so I would like to include a photo of Kim’s dog, Victor Hugo. (named after my husband! LOL!)
My favorite quote from my short stay in Arizona was not from my friends, myself or the kids, but rather from the cop that pulled me over about 20 minutes after leaving Kim’s house. I was traveling 82 mph in a 75 mph zone.. TAKE NOTE!!!
“Ma’am, In Arizona, when you hit 86 mph, it’s CRIMINAL.”
– The Nice Cop on Hwy 10 that gave me a warning
Thank you Nice Cop!4