My plans were a little different than Darric's today. I was hoping to go to Valley of Fire, but him and Dave talked about going off roading and he was able to sell the kids on his plan because he told them we were going to the snow. For a long ways into the trip, we were thinking we weren't even get to see snow. But, luckily for Darric, we found some.
We left our house around 9:00 Sunday morning and followed Dave, Christi and Chase out I-95. A little ways out of town, we took the Corn Creek Road exit and stopped at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Center. Only the men went in to grab maps. (some guy that Dave works with met up with us and followed along) From the moment we left there, it was all dirt road. And the first half of the trip was very bumpy dirt road. Dave and the other guy went a lot faster than us. They had to keep stopping to wait for us to catch up. We couldn't get too crazy, especially since Kenzie was still sore from her accident.
We drove through Peek-A-Boo Canyon. The sky was blue with wispy white clouds spread across it. The terrain started out covered in Joshua trees. The further we got up the mountain, the greener it got. By the time we reached the Desert Pass Campground, the sun was covered by grey clouds. There were big patches of snow just begging for us to come play. And so we did. Even though it was a lot colder outside than the last time we went to play in the snow.
We weren't there for very long. Just long enough for Madi to take some pictures of Kenzie, Max and Chase to run around and me and the boys to take the sled down this short hill that we found a couple times. And then we loaded back up to continue the drive.
Madison's Converse were soaking wet, so she took them off and replaced her socks with two pairs of gloves. After driving through several fun mud puddles, Darric turned to the right to see Madison's long feet sticking up on his console.
As we headed back down the mountain, the green trees got sparse and the Joshua trees started showing back up. Only this time, they were mostly dead Joshua trees. Eventually our dirt road came to an end, we jumped on I-93 and took the boring, smooth road until we came to the Love's Travel Stop. I was looking forward to a diet coke in a styrofoam cup. We also grabbed some lunch while we were there too. Darric and Kenzie got pizzas and the rest of us got Subway. Our crew ate there and Dave and them took their food to go.
We all had a good time, even if some of us complained a few times. And no, Darric is not blowing me a kiss here. He's getting his fingers wet so he can smear them on the camera if I didn't stop taking pictures.