Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Four Corners Monument

Ryan took leave Monday and Tuesday. Monday afternoon he said we should drive up to the Four Corners Monument. Originally I wanted to make the trip on a weekend so we could split up the drive a bit and see some other sites in Farmington and Aztec, but whatever, let's make the drive!

It is 4 hours from Albuquerque. There really isn't much between the city and the monument... and I'm not kidding when I say that!

Popular scene on the route.

I love seeing the red rock/soil in the landscape.

More plateaus.

Eventually, we finally arrived!

Before we could actually get to the monument we had some stuff to take care of... like a baby girl who completely just pooped out of her clothes. Of course. After everybody was cleaned up and had shoes on we made our way to the newly renovated Four Corners Monument.

It just re-opened in September. They aren't finished with all the surrounding things, like the sale booths, but the actual Four Corners site is done.

Alanna in all 4 (or at least 3) states -- I don't think she was touching Utah in this picture.

The family in all 4 states

William on the plaque

The place where all 4 states meet

Ryan and the kids. You can see the untouched sale booths behind them.

The actual full site.
(if you look hard you can see some of the completed sale booths in the background)

Me being in 4 places at once!

William running around. It was a long ride for the kids.

Once we were all done at the monument we talked about going to another site along our route home. By the time we would get there I thought it would be closed. It was alright, it was on the way, but we headed back.

View of Shiprock in the distance.

We came to the Salmon Ruin in Farmington, but it closed about 5 minutes before we got there. So we just let Will out of the car to run around for a bit.

Alanna enjoying her break.

Will messing with the drivers area.

It took us several more hours to get back. We were supposed to fill up our gas in Farmington, but forgot. When Ryan realized we were really low on gas we got quite concerned because we were about 50 miles from Cuba, a TINY village along the road. Also, even if we turned around to head back we didn't have enough gas to make it to Bloomfield or Farmington. In addition were too far away from the Casino along the road which might have a gas station. I was thinking, 'at least we have heavy coats, food, water, and blankets if we have to wait in the car for Ryan to hitch hike to a gas station'. It didn't come to that though...

Thankfully there was a random gas station along the side of the road where we filled up just before our car reached empty. God's special rescue for us.
A view of the evening sky. Not a beautiful in this pic... it was through the windshield and the colors are not true to the actual beauty.

In the end we made it back to Albuquerque. It was dark, but along the journey we were able to see the stars! We never see stars anymore at night so that was nice. Overall it was about 8 hours in the car and I can tell you our kids were thrilled to be home. So were we!

1 comment:

  1. Even though it was a long car ride it looks like you guys had a good time. How cool to be in 4 states at once!