First real move!! Wooooooo!!! RV trip!
At this point, we had only been living in our fifth wheel for a little over 2 months and had not yet moved it farther than 20 miles. I was extremely nervous because Nick was pulling the house and I was driving the minivan with the kids and Lux (we had not yet adopted LeeLoo and Lola). The idea of driving so far by myself with my kids was terrifying, but it ended up not being as bad as I anticipated due to my dad buying us a DVD player with 2 screens that strap to the headrests. I do not think the girls would have handled the trip as well if they hadn’t had access to Frozen and The Little Mermaid :).
The first day was a real doozy. We took a bunch of back roads in Wyoming intending to boondock in our fifth wheel for the first night, but the campground I found courtesy of freecampsites.net ended up being inaccessible due to rain. Thankfully, the website included the information that it was closed when the roads were wet so we didn’t go too far out of our way. We ended up making the horrible decision to try to make it to a truck stop on the Utah side of the border before stopping for the night. At this point, it started pouring rain to a ridiculous amount. The roads were steep and full of turns, but the worst of it was that there are no truck stops between Evanston, WY and Salt Lake City, UT so we had to keep going. I pulled off the highway about an hour north of Salt Lake crying because I was so stressed out about the rain! It was awful awful awful! We made it to the Flying J in Salt Lake City at about 11 o’clock. My poor girls had passed out from exhaustion by then so we pulled in, put them in their beds, and finally went to sleep. I gotta say, it felt incredibly weird to be going to sleep in our house with all the slides in. I ended up getting up in the middle of the night and sleeping on the couch because Rosie kept crying out in her sleep.
So the next morning we get up semi-early, 7 or so, and snag some filling breakfast at the Denny’s attached to the truck stop. The second day of driving was not as stressful because we were planning to stop in Las Vegas for a few days mid-trip. It must have been six or seven hours from Salt Lake to Las Vegas. The drive sure was beautiful, by the way! Utah is soooo pretty!
Upon arriving in Las Vegas, we were surprised (although we shouldn’t have been since it was June!) at how hot it was!!!! We were really looking forward to taking the evening to hookup everything and relax with our kids after that long drive. Unfortunately, it was not going to be that simple. Is it ever, right? So as we are putting out our slides, Lux gets clipped by a door and I, of course, start losing my mind with worry because she is dragging her back leg so I rush her to the nearest animal hospital to be looked at. Thankfully, she was perfectly fine. The doc said she just had a close call and most likely a sprained foot. She wasn’t babying it hardly at all by the time he saw her so I’m sure he thought I was being an over-exaggerator. Needless to say, Lux is going to have to ride in the van (no matter how much she hates it) for ALL future trips. However, while we are leaving the animal hospital, I noticed these 2 sweet little kittens playing in a cage on the front desk. We ended up adopting them on our last day in Las Vegas, we couldn’t get their cute little faces off our minds!
The next 3 days were quite relaxing. Since we had our kids, we didn’t do much of the sightseeing on the strip. That’s way too much walking for two toddlers. We did go check out the Adventure Dome at Circus Circus though. What a blast!!! This was Sophie’s first time going on rides of any kind, she was just barely tall enough to be able to go. It was definitely more expensive than we anticipated, but it was worth it. We also spent an evening at Boulder Station casino because they had a Kids Quest attached. We usually don’t do a lot of gambling, but we saw it as a great opportunity to have a date night and we all had a really great time doing that as well. The girls were sad when we picked them up cause they had made some little friends in the dress-up corner 🙂 and I won enough money on a machine to pay for the entire night!! Covered childcare, dinner, and all the money we put in plus $3!! Woop Woop!
After our mini-family adventure, we prepared to depart for California and hit another snag. Our power jacks went out! Bad luck, right?! It took us much longer to leave Vegas than we thought, but we got on the road and it was relatively smooth sailing from there. However, we did not expect the 55 mph speed limit for vehicles pulling any weight so we did not arrive at camp until 9:30 pm.