Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Arkansas or Bust! Adios California!

So this is where I last left you. The Mrs. and I were all boxed up and we were ready to tackle the 28 hour, 1885 mile drive back to Arkansas. Since we didn't have a wedding (our own) to get to this time, we took a little bit of a more leisurely tour through southwestern America.
Day one: First stop, the Alexander's of Fresno. Allison, pictured here at her lovely home, is my second-cousin. I first met her husband, Patrick, and her son, Spencer in Paris, France. Before that meeting in Paris, I had never met or knew what any of these members of my family looked like.  Luckily, we are now all best friends. Thanks for the stay over and all the treats while we visited!
Day Two: Second stop, the Grand Canyon! This was a first time for both the Mrs. and myself. (Insert obligatory family photo in front of the park entrance sign here).
WOW! If you've seen the Grand Canyon, then you understand that this is the only word needed to describe the Grand Canyon. If you haven't been to the Grand Canyon, you need to put it on your bucket list because it is...................WOW!!!

Day three: Third stop, Santa Fe, New Mexico. We didn't spend much time in Santa Fe, other than to get a good nights rest before a long haul into Arkansas the next day. The Mrs. and I made it to the Plaza to take in the sights & sounds of Santa Fe.............and to grab a bite to eat at the famous local spot, Cafe Pasquals. Travel, food, & leisure at its finest!
Day four: Final stop! Speaking of making it to Arkansas, TaaaDaaaa! This picture is deceiving because we actually drove our car back from California, and had to rent a Uhaul in Benton to haul all of our wedding/things-that-won't-fit-in-a-500sq.ft.-cottage stuff up to our new house in Springdale.
So far, everything has gone smoother than we could have ever imagined. Thanks for all your prayers of safe travels and thank you God for blessing us all along this journey.  We are looking forward to serving you in greater capacity in our new crib up in the NWA!

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