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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White Sands National Monument and Oliver Lee State Park

We left Santa Fe in a morning snow storm and headed south toward White Sands. We found that Azul and Wobbles had great traction on the snowy roads as we didn’t slip once.  White Sands is quite a bit lower in elevation than Santa Fe so we didn’t have to drive long for the snow to turn from sleet to rain to nothing at all.  By the time we reached Oliver Lee State Park outside White Sands it was in the 70’s and t-shirt weather!  What a swing in temperature!  We were on the same path as the sweet family we met so we decided to travel together for a bit.  

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Elk Prairie and Redwoods National/State Parks

This was the third day that the rain had been staying steady here in California.  Where there are big trees, there is rain.  We stayed in the scenic yet soggy Elk Prairie Campground within Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park for one night. The drive from Santa Rosa to the Redwood State Park was greatly flooded due to the heavy rain.

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Carpinteria State Beach and Santa Barbara, CA

Just a little ways from the Channel Islands National Park Visitors Center we found a great group of campgrounds at Carpinteria State Beach. They were named after the Channel Islands and were located on the beach with lots of grassy areas to play on and access to a bike path that led right into town! The only down side, which was a big loud one, was the train tracks, with passenger trains that blasted horns blaring just past Wobbles. Ha!

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Anzo-Borrego Desert State Park, CA

Off we went on the bumpy roads to the second largest state park in the US. I was glad that our oldest and I got some schooling done in the morning before we left because these roads were nauseating! Lucky for our little girl’s stuffed bunny, Bun Bun, she reaped the benefits of getting two new outfits out of the drive! One outfit made from yet another pair of pants and socks that have been destroyed and a bathing suit made from a piece of my old bathing suit.

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