Its been almost 2 months since we hit the road. After Disneyland, Universal Studios and Sea World, we spent a week in the hills above San Diego at the Thousand Trails preserve, Pio Pico. Once  we “crossed over” and got a campsite on the South side we enjoyed our stay there… for the most part.

The North Side was a nightmare… think the slums of all rv parks… filthy bathrooms, vomit and feces in the showers, screaming neighbors at 2 am, and unreliable power…  The plan was to move on if we didn’t get a space in the covetted South Side on day 2.  Then after “cross over” (showing up at 9 am hoping to get a space across the street) we were able to move next door to happy valley- the South Side.

The South Side… large spaces, shade trees, 2 swimming pools, a fun cafe, hiking trails, a youth center and country store. The only problem… NO CELL SERVICE and the “high speed” internet we paid $21/week for was dial up speed.

We met another full time family at church. We had fun getting to know them and Carter had a blast running wild through the park with his new friends. 8 days into our planned 14 day stay, Brady got a call from a client. He was needed the next day in SLC and Idaho.

The next 3 hours consisted of creating and discarding at least 5 different plans, searching the Internet for plane tickets, and packing the RV. Then we headed over the mountain to Yuma, Arizona where my parents were visiting my Grandfather and Aunt.

After an exhausting search we finally found an RV park that allows children…. that was no small feet in the snowbird capital of the west, and we paid the small fortune required for the privilege of having our children with us. the next morning I dropped Brady off at the airport.

That was February 16th, and we have now been here for 3 weeks. Brady was only gone for 3 days, and we have truly enjoyed the down time. We have swam, laid in the sun, got sun burned,  visited the Yuma Territorial Museum, dirt biked in the dessert, went to a car show and spent lots of time visiting with my Grandfather. I am so grateful for this opportunity for my kids to make memories with their Great Grandfather.