We ended up driving until we arrived at Brantley Lake State Park in New Mexico. We stayed there last year and the kids really liked it. It was pitch black by the time we left the main road. There is a three mile drive into the park after you leave the main road. Hundreds of rabbits, actually about 50, kept running across the road and dodging my car tires. All of the boys were sleeping but D and I managed to wake them up by laughing so loudly.
We threw the boys in the tent and went to sleep. The next morning, the sun was shining and it was warm. Yay! I took a little sunrise walk and a shower while everyone else was still sleeping.
The boys played at the playground while we loaded up the car. Brantley Lake State Park has a very nice playground. When we went to find the boys, they were soaked. Instead of playing at the playground, they were playing in the water fountain.
As the sun began to set, the sky looked amazing. It was such a peaceful evening.
The storm earlier in the day had brought the temperatures down into the 80s. We had a good night's sleep.
When we woke up in the morning, we packed up camp, went to take a few pictures, and spent a couple of hours at the spring-fed swimming pool swimming with the fish.
Here is a fairly accurate map of our trip. According to my car's odometer we traveled 3968 miles.
*best trip ever
*worst trip ever
*parenting level expert - suck it
*nope, nope, nope
*5 finger camping
*hospital barf bags
*popsicle penguin huddle
*cruise control rocks
*invisible white horses
*the great broccoli mystery
and last but not least
*it's for the kids
I can't wait to figure out where we are going next year so we can start planning!