Everyone was a little worn out by this point. Ben had a few side-interest stops, but over and over the vote was to just keep moving. We did stop for gas and ride a dino 🙂
And we made sure to visit some family. The Martha and Ronnie welcomed us to their home for a rest. They have a beautiful home right next to the mountain with a grand view of the Salt Lake (sadly mostly obscured by smoke with all these wildfires). We had a delicious brunch spread and Jack and Sam got to meet all four of their cats. It was great to see Josh and Jill too, who were headed to university in just a few days.
We blazed past SLC, the boys barely looking up from their tablets to see the temples whenever I pointed them out. A final stop in American For for drinks, fries, and extra fry sauce, before buckling in for the long haul to Grand Junction. We saw some actual fire in the mountains as we went through the canyon. The worker’s at the Solider Summit gas stop said they were on stand by for evacuation. Mom said that they ended up shutting down the high just 1 1/2 hours after we passed through. Whew! Glad we made it safely!
A quick stop for melons in Green River, then we rolled into Grand Junction about 8 pm. Still time to let the kids jump in the pool!
Going through my phone, I didn’t seem to take any pictures the rest of the trip. It was a short but normal visit. Mom made crepes for breakfast. Dad had the day off so he got to be abused with water guns all morning. The kids swam until we dragged them out, then got to play even more with Grandma Betty.
We left in the afternoon for a relatively quick jaunt over the mountains. Being a Monday we had little traffic. We listened to Ramona and Beezus stories told by Stockard Channing and Sam napped off and on. We stopped in Edwards to recover from some car sickness, adventuring down into the rocks. We made in home to a clean and quiet house in time for their usual bedtime at 8pm. What a trip!