Road Tripping from Arizona to Utah to Colorado

July 21, 2018

Every move matters. We make choices every single day and oftentimes we think that that’s all those choices are….daily trivial decisions that are only for a moment. Tomorrow will be back to ground zero -  a blank slate. And there’s some truth to that, but nothing truly starts over. Yes there’s “always tomorrow” and “ a new day with no mistakes in it”, but at some point in my life I decided to believe that every day builds upon the other…that there are few truly meaningless choices. Making lifestyle choices like the ones Phil and I have made is not all for funsies. It’s a series of choices that are leading us…we want to do more than listen to God. We want to obey him. To stick our toes in the water…to make the leap. To trust and let Him run wild with us. It’s amazing. It sucks. It’s too hard. It’s so much fun. It’s stressful. It’s freeing. I feel the need to reiterate this in most of my writing not only to try and explain some of our crazy and heart to anyone who might actually be reading this, but for my own personal reminder. Let me tell ya’ some days I need the reminder more than others. 

June 12th, after 6 months, we left Alaska. It was a bittersweet season, full of so much good and too much bad. We never thought we would be there that long, but boy I am glad we were. Every day it felt like we needed to be there and to spend as much time with my beautiful family as they are all going through so much of the downs of life right now. I think we’re all hoping that they’re all just getting it all over with at once. All I can say is wow, my family (i.e. my parents are super heroes) is so strong and I love the crudderola out of the whole crew. 

We flew into Phoenix, Arizona to trade in our old car and get our new rig…I can call it that…a rig. It’s a beast. We just decided on a name…Snowflake. 5 points to whoever can guess the color ha.

After we signed on the dotted line and traded the dealership an arm and a leg we chugged off into the stunning South West sunset. We had 5 days to get to Colorado for a mini family reunion with Philp’s side of the family.

Day 1 we spent hiking in Sedona, Arizona, eating Thai food in Flagstaff, scouring the local Walmart for necessities (i.e. air mattress) and camping under the stars in the back of our truck.

Day 2 we made it to Monument Valley where we drove the full 16 mile loop, searched for wifi for Philip to upload some files, then made our way to camp in the Valley of the Gods in Utah for the night. I don’t know exactly what time it was, but I woke up in the middle of the night and have never seen the stars and Milky Way so perfect. It was almost hard to go back to sleep.

Day 3 we spent being amazing parents and fulfilling Little Phil’s dream of going back to the Dinosaur Museum in Moab, Utah. This time we spent hours and hours there and enjoyed every single video, 4D aquarium, dino exhibit that they could throw at us. After this we got dinner and ice cream in Moab and then headed to our campsite for the night at Slickrock Campground.

Day 4 we were dirty and wanted a real bed for the night. We did 5 miles of hiking in 100 degrees (thankfully one of the hikes included lots of swimming) and then we were off to Grand Junction, Colorado - our traditional stopping point for this route. Coffee stop at Kiln, we checked into our hotel, the Phil’s took a swim, I took a nap.

Day 5 Showered and organized we oaded up and made the stretch to Winter Park Colorado where we would spend the week at an airbnb with the rest of the Leclercs!

I’ll post separately on our week with the fam bam, but for now here’s some shots I love from the week before.

Peace, joy, and all that sincere & fluffy stuff, 

Allie Esther


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