I don't remember which house this was. We stayed for just 2 days and saw 3 houses and took in a hike, then hit the road.
The girls had a blast climbing around and all the arguing in the car seemed to melt away. That summer, the gas prices were ridiculous so, needing a new car anyway, we got a little Civic...no TV on the back of the seat, no cell phones, no i-pods. We went old-school...which was wonderful in many ways. We listened to several books on tape and talked, but we did have to institute the "don't cross this line" rule but the close quarters made the majesty of the landscape even more humbling.
We hit Vegas for a short 8 hours. After a week of gorgeous, the glitter, gluttony and cigarette smoke sent us on to the Pacific. Greg, had never been past West Texas when we started our drive. Here he is at Laguna Beach on a grey, wet day. The girls we dropped at Disney Land...which was a fabulous call on our part. We all had a great time.
When we arrived, in spite of having a friend stay at our home to care for the dogs, chickens, cats and greens we were amazed by the heat damage. That's why I didn't dare leave this summer...and also why I won't be volunteering to be on any Fall garden tours again!