Wacky Wanderers

exploring on the road as a family

Living Desert State Park, NM

We started off our travel day to Carlsbad Caverns area by doing some much needed laundry in Roswell.  I tell you, there is a lot to be said for warm clean laundry.  Unfortunately my list of things to do in the morning was very lengthy and Justin’s was not therefore I had to give the laundry trust to him.  Justin is a very competent human being but for some reason the laundry gnomes like playing tricks on him.  Last time during this trip that I had Justin do laundry, one of FOUR pairs of the girls’ good wool socks disappeared.  I went over the protocol I use so that I am sure that no gnomes are playing tricks on me.  The result of this laundry trip with Justin in charge we gained one random sock!  Haha, I guess the gnomes felt sorry for getting him into such trouble with me last time so they tossed in an extra this time around. 😛

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Boondocking at Upper Teton View BLM Campsite

After Yellowstone we drove out of the southern exit and headed toward the Tetons. We took a quick stop at Grand Teton National Park (which I’ll write about in another post), but our final destination for the day was a lovely BLM camp site 20 minutes outside of the park called “Upper Teton View”. The views were stunning and we got to have some much needed relaxation time.

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BLM camping and passing through Yellowstone N.P.

Our original Yellowstone plan was to camp on BLM land just outside West Yellowstone to let the weekend pass by, and then to head into Yellowstone on a Sunday to try our luck to snag a first-come first-serve campsite. However, when we woke up Friday morning to a rainy day, we thought “maybe the rain will keep the crowds away– let’s go!” It didn’t work out as well as we had hoped…

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Quartsite BLM camping near RV show

Quartsite was our new camping location.  Many of the full-time families were continuing onto another meet-up at the Bash in Lake Havasu.  However, not only did we not have tickets for this event, we also were ready to move onto a quieter setting for a bit.  Meeting up with lots of other families is nice but also overwhelming and tiring.  

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BLM camping in Nevada

Our first sightings of Joshua Trees on this trip! They are such funny looking things. We found a great little spot to camp, Lovell Canyon Dispersed Campground, on off a semi-trafficked paved road. This spot provided a nice place to enjoy nature after the Vegas whirl wind. We also experienced two things we hadn’t planned on. One terrifying and the other magical.

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Tucson BLM Camping

As you saw in our last post, we had quite the laundry saga so our day to explore Tucson became the day to retrieve laundry and let the girls play.

Justin ended up leaving around 7:30am to fix his mistake. Justin and I contemplated having the girls and I dropped off downtown to explore while Justin got the laundry, but because the drive to the laundromat was 5 hours round trip with no traffic we decided against it. And boy, I’m so glad we did!

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