Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Houston! We've landed!


Sorry for the radio silence, ya'll! We have arrived in Houston and are settling in, laughing at our poorly packed suitcases, and are jumping in full force to setting up our new lives here. That being said, we are also more than happy to be spending Cinco de Mayo on the couch with my in-laws infamous margaritas warming our bellies.

The car trip was so much fun and a great way to travel cross country. The scenery switched from being BEAUTIFUL to very monotonous and back again 1000x over. We made it to the Grand Canyon and I swear my jaw dropped. It was INCREDIBLE! I didn't have set expectations, but this was WOW! I thought the Grand Canyon would be grand, but this was INCREDIBLE! It was such a treat to not only stretch our legs and explore, but to see something INCREDIBLE (yes, I used incredible 3 darnit 4 times in the past 2 seconds).




We were lucky enough to camp at Matthers Campground, but were unlucky to be move-camping (aka have a hoarder car packed to the brim with junk) so instead of busting out the dutch oven and roasting some mellows, we went to dinner at one of the park's restaurants. Check out Bright Angel Restaurant if you get the chance for an easy, casual dinner. They had Grand Canyon IPA (also incredible) that can be very dangerous if you travel from 27 feet above sea level to 6000 feet above sea level all in one day. We also were not quite able to find the sleeping pads in the mess of the back seat, so we slept with a bunch of blankets instead. It would be pretty comical to compare this restaurant-eating-no-sleeping-pad-sleeping trip to our trek across Chile.






Probably the most ridiculous thing that happened in the Grand Canyon was an ELK that was casually nomming across the campsite. I kid you not- see that picture below! That is an elk, and a tent, and a campsite- one of those things should not be there. Maybe it was the Hot Tamale infused crazy, but that pretty much blew our minds. And... it kept me up at night thinking that I was going to wake up to an elk looking at me through our rain fly.


What went on between the Grand Canyon and now? Lots of driving, some catching up in Albuquerque (hardest word to spell), a lot of late night driving, 9 houses hunted, 2 kickball games, 1 interview completed, a hot/sweaty/humid run, a gym class cancelled in lieu of marg drinking (I tell you, these margs are infamous) and, most importantly, a lot of time settling in and looking forward!

What is next up on the docket? Lots more settling in, finding a house, finding a job, finding all our shiz that is hidden by our hoarder tendencies, and much, much more time with family and friends.

Hope that you enjoyed your Cinco de Mayo beverage of choice last night!
S

10 comments:

  1. I'm glad you guys stopped by the Grand Canyon on your road trip! Good luck with settling in and setting up your new life in Houston! Can't wait to hear how it goes :)

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    1. Thanks, Chesson! It's great to have a bed!!!

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  2. Oh my gosh your pictures of the Grand Canyon are STUNNING! It's definitely on my bucket list of places to visit.

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    1. It was gorgeous- HUGE! Like the biggest thing ever, but so cool!

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  3. Those pictures are gorgeous! So insanely beautiful. And that elk roaming through the campsite, love it!

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  4. um that elk would freak me the buggery out!! lol. I love the Grand Canyon - you're right, it is so incredible :) beautiful pictures!

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  5. The Grand Canyon has never really been on my radar as a place I have to see - but your pictures have changed my mind! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  6. Wow these pictures are gorgeous! Good luck settling in :-)

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  7. Absolutely stunning pictures of the Grand Canyon, I've never been just flown over it. And how crazy about that elk, he was just moseying around having lunch :-P

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  8. That looks amazing! What an amazing memory you'll both have -- and being with family while you figure the rest out, has to feel pretty good!

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