Tuesday morning I got up early to run before we left and made sure I would be ready by 7:30 so we could leave as soon as the kids got up. Of course that was a day the kids actually slept in! The kids both slept until almost 8:00 so we were on the road later than I hoped but I knew we'd still have plenty of time. My goal with this trip was to be flexible and just go with the flow and do what seemed best for the kids. I was so proud of what a wonderful job the kids did in the car. We spent the first hour of the drive listening to an audiobook. Then Carter lost interest in it. We stopped for a restroom break a little past Enid and I gave the kids snacks and notebooks to draw in. Then Carter switched over to drawing on his boogie board. Elise is incredible about entertaining herself in the car without toys or complaining. It amazes me! We were driving along on the highway and all the sudden we saw some beautiful red mountains. I was getting ready to point it out to Carter when he told me to look over at the volcano. We were oooohing and ahhing over the view out of our window when I looked over and saw a sign for Gloss Mountain State Park. We didn't even have to exit the highway, it was just like going off to a rest stop on the highway. I asked Carter if he wanted to go see the mountains and he said yes so we pulled off to check it out. The mountain had stairs built into the side of it so you could climb to the top. Carter wanted to go to the top of the mountain. He and Elise went up all the stairs all by themselves. I figured we'd get to the top and then look around a little and then head back down. Carter wanted to walk all the way to the end of the trail so we did. I got a little nervous a few times because we were up so high but the kids listened really well and stayed on the other side of me away from the side. We spent about an hour at the park and then ate lunchables in the car for lunch. I was so glad we stopped because when we got home Carter said his favorite part of the trip was the red mountains. I just wished Ty had been with us because he would have taken absolutely gorgeous pictures! We want to go back sometime with him so he can see it because it was incredible. The pictures I took just don't do it justice!
|Taking a break on the walk back to the stairs.|
|At the Cedar Canyon Overlook. This picture doesn't show how incredibly high we were!|
|Ready to swim in her new swimsuit Gigi and Papa got her for her birthday.|