Good Morning, Day 9!

Good morning! We are currently camped near Meteor Crater National Landmark.

As we began our drive yesterday, we decided that Ray needed a serious bath, so we found a truck wash. That was an experience! We pulled in to a bay and ladders were rolled up alongside the RV and the washing commenced.

We have a WHOLE new appreciation and respect for the men and women who keep our economy going through semi transport. While we have to use the same gas stations, rest stop sections, truck washes, etc., we are sure respect the way things are done. As you can imagine, there is a whole different system of doing things, so Steve is careful to learn it without causing disruption.

Distraction during the wash because Hill was a bit anxious

We found our way to the Petrified Forest National Park. We drove in, admired the gorgeous landscape, took pictures and got back on the road. We were talking about how easily we could picture big dinosaurs traversing the landscape. It was just like the movies!

Fr. Hill decided to be vested during yesterday’s drive, but, as you’ll see, he did experience vestment malfunction in the winds.

He was then happy to be on the road so he could say his RV bunk Mass.

Of course we had to stop in Winslow, AZ. Suffice it to say that the “corner” there is the only sight to see.

Upon arriving at our campsite, we decided to set the table and have a nice mea and enjoy the fresh food we purchased at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market.

This little vase comes on every RV trip. Emma made it years ago. Viv, Hill and Maria found these flowers at the campsite.

The girls are so excited to be finished with class and the symposium that they decided to watch an Audrey Hepburn movie outside before bed replete with the BEST popcorn (Black Jewel).

We’re off to explore this meteor crater and are then moving on to Lake Powell. This area is expecting 50mph winds, so we’re going to have to drive more slowly than usual and will most likely have to hunker down for the next 24hrs. We have an expedition planned for tomorrow, but due to the weather and nearby wildfires, we may have to readjust our schedule.