Day 5 was so jam packed I don’t know if a blog post will do it justice!
We honestly accomplished so much between Albuquerque and Las Vegas that it could’ve spanned the course of three days. It also happened to be Travis’ birthday, so we wanted to make the most of it for the
Our first stop was the Tee Pee Trading Post on the border of New Mexico and Arizona. It’s been around since the 1980’s and is allegedly the largest tee pee in the Southwest (what a claim to fame!). It’s 100% Native American owned and operated, and they had some sweet deals. I got a teal and white patterned beach blanket for $4 and some delicious beef jerky to snack on.
After our little rest stop, we had an important choice to make: Petrified Forest National Park or Meteor Crater?? They are two iconic sites in Arizona, but we sadly only had time for one. We decided Meteor Crater was closer to our route, so we went and saw the HUGE hole in the ground. That sounds way less impressive than it really was – the picture doesn’t do it justice, because it’s about a mile across, almost 3 miles to walk around, and almost 600 feet deep! (Fun fact: this is actually the second largest crater in the US, the largest is what formed the Chesapeake Bay. Even learned something on our little stop!)
So what do you do after seeing a huge hole in the ground? Go to Outback for blooming onion (not much to eat in that part of town) and then go to ANOTHER huge hole! Granted, the Grand Canyon is more like a huge valley/majestic national treasure. It was about 6pm by the time we made it to the Grand Canyon, so we only had about an hour there, but our timing couldn’t have been any better! First off, we saw an elk family *cue squeals and awes all around*
But after the elk family passed and we made our way to the canyon, the sunset views took my breath away! No amount of pictures will do the Grand Canyon any justice. It was more perfect than a postcard, all of the red and orange hues on the rock were truly awe inspiring.
We saw just a sliver of it, but the whole family enjoyed it so much we will most definitely be back.
Once the sun had set, we thought briefly about staying at the Grand Canyon, saw the hotel prices, and decided to book it for Vegas. The drive took about 4 hours, but we found a room at The Westin the strip, and Travis got to see Vegas for the first time! Was getting in at 12:30 and staying up until 3:30 in the morning worth it? Most definitely! We crammed plenty into that 3 hours…
Played some roulette at Caesar’s Palace…
Toured around the Bellagio…
Took a stroll through the Venetian…
and said hi to Gwen Stefani (kind of).
For the record, we didn’t win anything playing roulette, but I was happy that Travis got to end his birthday celebration in such a fun town. It was an insane day, so we slept in a little the next morning and hit the road to sunny California!
I hope y’all enjoyed reading about our adventure. I’m excited to FINALLY share some of the cool things we’ve been doing while we’ve been here.