ROADTRIP UPDATES: August 1st has finally arrived, and it’s time for us to take off for our summer vacation! While I truly enjoy passing through any part of this great state, there’s not much to see from today’s journey since we’ll be in Texas for 8 hours straight. Did someone say everything’s bigger in Texas? Well, they were exactly right. Once we get to the border, we’ll then a brief stint in New Mexico, before heading just beyond the Colorado border for the night. It amazes me on these journeys just how quickly the landscape changes — from the rolling hills and oak trees of central Texas, to the large swaths of farmland and mesquite trees in west Texas, and onto the deep valleys and steep plateaus of New Mexico.
While the two states have a similar climate, almost immediately when you leave New Mexico and arrive in Colorado, the temperature drops and the Mountains rise up all around you! The entire trip my husband and I were singing Blake Shelton’s “God’s Country” as it seemed so fitting of a land so beautiful and vast. We were lucky (especially since we’d had conflicting opinions about the necessity of the tarp on all of our camping supplies in the bed of the truck) that we had good weather for the most part — only light showers here and there in West Texas and New Mexico, but we avoided the looming black and blue clouds off in the distance — however about an hour into Colorado the sky finally let loose and poured onto us. There were a couple of dicey moments where we could barely see the red taillights in front of us since the rain was so dense. Because the sun had already set, we decided it was best to pull off to the side of the road to wait it out (adding another half-hour to our 14-hour drive). We weren’t alone in this though, since several of the cars ahead of us decided to do the same thing, it seemed as though we made the right decision — to pull off anyway, we definitely failed to make the right decision concerning the tarp!
HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECT UPDATES: Ally and Jose and the SUNTEX team arrived at the house that evening and unpacked for their three-week stay. With the 4-hour drive from Dallas to Austin with the kids, it’s safe to say we hoped they would be able to relax right when they got in – the hope is that they got to Netflix and chill that night, since I know the weeks ahead will be extremely busy!