Our latest trip is now done and we have arrived back to California. Our final souvenir was a stomach flu that at fist hit the baby and then me, so it has been a little quiet here at the blog and on instagram. On our way back home from Utah we stopped in Nevada for one night where the baby started vomiting. It brought me a flashback from our trip to Highway 1 one year, when I had to stay up all night with out older daughter due to a noro virus. Luckily, this time the bug wasn’t so bad, and we were able to continue our drive next day. No one else felt sick. But when we arrived home the baby got some fever and I started feeling very worn out.
Here is the route for our road trip:
FROM A CONCENTRATION CAMP TO DEATH VALLEY
Sounds quite disturbing, right? But actually it was not like that at all. Our trip was great. We were happy to leave the smokey Bay Area behind us and breath some fresh and clean air. Our first stop was at the city of Mojave where we spend a night. It was the first place to see the blue skies again since the smoke had spread all over the Central Valley. The next morning we headed towards Death Valley and on our way there, we stopped at the Manzanar concentration camp where the Japanese people were held during the World War II. After visiting both; the Manzanar and Death Valley, we drove to Las Vegas were spent two days.
Las Vegas is always fun, even with kids, but at the same time it is tiering and surreal. But we enjoyed staying in one spot for more than just one night and unpack our bags a little bit. While in Vegas we always end up walking a lot since we like to see different things the hotels display. And so we did this time too; we ended up walking the Strip almost from one end to another.
A MOMENT IN ARIZONA AND THEN TO UTAH
Then it was time to leave the Vegas behind and head to the Colorado River to see Hoover Dam. Before getting there, we stopped at the Lake Mead which is part of the National Park System in the USA. Hoover Dam is right at the border of Arizona and Nevada, so just by walking to other side of the dam, you can change a state. And you can turn your clock forward or backwards with an hour. Hoover Dam was pretty amazing and I am not surprised that it is the most famous dam in the USA. This was our first time visiting.
From the Hoover Dam we drove over to Utah. Before gettingt to Utah, you will actually be in Arizona for a while. Our first place to stop in Utah was in St. George, where we stayed the night in 7 Wives Inn. We all know about the Utah’s history with polygamists, and that is where the of our bed & breakfast place came from. 7 Wives Inn was really lovely and I will tell you more about later. In the morning we packed our bags in the car again, and drove up to Cedar Breaks National Monument. We spent a day enjoying some brisk mountain air and snow, and then stayed a night in Cedar City.
THANKSGIVING WITH FAMILY AND DRIVING HOME THROUGH SALT FLATS
From Cedar City we drove to Vineyard to meet some family. We got enjoy the Thanksgiving with them, and spent time with cousins and great gramma. Three days went fast and right when it started snowing, we left to our long drive to back home. This time took the northern route via I-80 to Nevada and then to California. We drove next Great Salt Lake and then to the famous Bonneville Salt Flats where we stopped for some photos and for lunch.
After spending a night in Winnemugga in Nevada there was only the last leg of out journey left. That was the most boring drive on this trip so far, since there not much to see in Nevada. At some point we did see some wild horses. When we finally reached the Sierra Nevada mountains, the views really started to change. Beautiful mountains and lots of snow!
Even though it is always great to be on the road, we really enjoy returning home too. Last week the Bay Area got some rain and the air quality had changed back into good again. Also the wild fires have been tamed which is a great new. Next challenge will be the possible mud slides or flooding caused by the rains. But we are happy to be home and get ready for Christmas!