Today started with laundry. Nearly every day involves some laundry, but even though we have a washer/dryer combo in our RV we do sometimes find it necessary to go to the laundromat. Today was one of those days. Because of the size and type of washer/dryer that we have, we can’t wash some of our bulkier items, and after several days of hiking and sightseeing at the grand canyon, we had a lot of those bulky clothes that needed cleaned. While it is nice that I can wash more in a shorter time at the laundromat than in our combo unit, it is difficult to do anything else during that time because as soon as I start something, it is time to move laundry on. Even so, I am thankful that we can do most of our laundry with our washer/dryer, and I am thankful for a laundromat close by.
The town where we are staying is on Route 66, so after getting laundry done, we decided to head to the historic downtown area for lunch. We found a fun diner and enjoyed a great, but expensive lunch. It was fun to see all the old memorabilia on the walls and the old style gas pumps. After lunch, we took a stroll down the street, saw all of the little shops, and got our picture taken by the Route 66 sign. We were expecting a normal road sign, but it was actually a big sign in a parking lot. The whole thing was a little more touristy than we expected maybe, but still a lot of fun.
We came home and enjoyed a relaxing evening. The kids played outside and Eric continued on a project from work while I worked on an order from my online shop. The RV park we are staying it at is right by the track for the Grand Canyon train, which is pretty cool. The kids enjoy waving to the passengers as the train passes by. Usually the park has a bonfire every night, so we bought the fixin’s for smores and were all ready to go, but we timed it wrong so we missed the fire this time. Hopefully tomorrow we can work it out. So, since we missed the fire, we came home and watched the movie Cars. The kids hadn’t seen it for a while and laughed all the way through it. It was a definitely a good day.
Easter is holiday that is rich in tradition, as we celebrate Jesus rising from the dead, spending time with family; but what does that look like living an RV? Should we maintain our traditions, or should we make new ones? Our traditions have always been pretty simple - worshiping in the morning with our church family, ham and potatoes for lunch, an egg hunt and a small basket of goodies for the kids, and a wonderful afternoon nap.
This year ended up being quite a bit different for us; we still found a local church that had a sunrise service. It met at a park and had a pretty good turnout for 6:30 AM. We sang and worshiped, listened to the birds chirping, and felt the cool morning breeze on our cheeks. It was great service, but it was definitely bittersweet. I missed our church family, I missed the introduction to the God at the Movie series at our church, and I missed the kids going crazy over a bunch of plastic eggs. This year we decided to dye Easter eggs. We have only done this on other time and that was 7 years ago, so I guess we were due. The kids had fun, which is why we parents can handle the mess, I suppose. After church, we finished packing up and headed to our long awaited destination - the Grand Canyon! The drive was absolutely beautiful! Driving from the desert to the Kaibab Forest was amazing. I will miss the Saguaro cactus, but the beauty of the canyon easily makes up for it.
We arrived at the canyon, had small snack, let the kids open their Easter baskets, started dinner in the Instant Pot, then took the bus to the visitor center (we wanted to get a head start on the Junior Ranger Program Booklet). If you haven’t been to the Grand Canyon, you should go! Words cannot truly express the grandeur and your eyes cannot truly comprehend it either. It was chilly, so we didn’t stay long because we were not really dressed for it. But we are excited to return tomorrow and hopefully hike some of the Bright Angel Trail. The kids are excited about learning and exploring with their junior ranger books.