We're planning a family vacation out west this fall, too. I did it with my own family of origin twenty years ago and will never forget it. It was August and not at all unreasonably hot or crowded, so September should be even better (all the kids are in school). Our list includes Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Meteor Crater, Montezuma's Castle (cliff dwellings), Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, Saguaro National Forest, and anything else we can think of between now and then.
I think RV'ing is more expensive than hotels b/c of gas. We're planning to find cheap motels wherever they look clean and safe, and camp whenever we can. We're packing our tent, light sleeping bags, camp stove, and cast iron skillet. We also hope to find opportunities for horseback riding, tons of hiking, and maybe head over to California for some Missions, Redwood trees, and Yosemite, for more natural beauty.
5'4" 39yo mother to five sweeties & married to their AMAZING DaddyGrok
Current Weight: 175lb__________________________________Goal: 135lb
Deadlift: 240lb________________________________________Back Squat: 165lb
Bench: 130lb__________________________________________Pre ss: 85lb
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