Updated: Apr 29, 2021
We, like the majority of the world, have not stepped foot on an airplane in a very, very long time. Our travels consisted of roadtripping back and forth to Oregon, stopping to see some sights a long the way - but airplane travel? Not an option... (Not sure if you have heard of COVID19 yet 😉). Now that we've been vaccinated our world is getting a little bit bigger again, so I planned a trip! First stop of 2021, Yuma, Arizona.
I hadn't seen my Grannie and Ray since July 2019 when they came up to Oregon to visit the Littles, and that was just a quick one night stop over for us as we passed through Springfield!
(See below for an action shot / family picture)
I wasn't the best at taking pictures during this trip.. In fact, as I sort through my pictures from this trip I am realizing that I only took a whomping 5-6 pictures. I just wanted to spend my time visiting, but I do wish I got more photos of us with Grannie and Ray, because those are the types of pictures I love to look at, and will cherish for a long time... as opposed to this lemon picture, which I won't care about 20 years down the road.
But a lemon picture I have, so there it is in all it's glory.
We did this trip a little differently than previous Yuma trips. We flew in to San Diego, rented a car and drove over to Yuma so we could see some of the uniqueness of the desert - if you haven't driven on highway 8 from SD to Yuma, do it - it's incredible. Just out side of Yuma we stopped to stretch our legs on these incredibly hot sand dunes... perhaps the land feature that we came across that was least like anything we can find in the pacific northwest. (Sorry Oregon dunes, you don't hold a candle to these desert dunes)
We also opted to stay in a hotel this time because Rich and both had meetings that we needed to be in on Monday and Tuesday and the hotel allowed us some solid wifi and desk space to do so. I also thought we would be jonesing for a pool, but it rained on us while we were there and I was very exhausted at the end of every day so we just went straight to bed every night!
I always do a lot of walking when I'm there because I don't want to waste any good weather. Sometimes it's a desert walk, sometimes it's a neighborhood walk, sometimes it's a nice shady walk along the Colorado River. I found this little trail a couple years ago and it's been one of my favorite places around Yuma since! I'm glad I got to show it to Rich when I did because 13 acres of it caught on fire that night. Wah wah.
We saw one road runner, a whole lot of geckos, and enjoyed the cooing of the doves. Grannie shared some funny stories of when she was young, and when Brother and I used to play in muddy sandpit for hours in the backyard. Then, before we knew it we had to hop back in the car and drive back to San Diego for our flight home.
Thanks to Grannie for letting us visit and for dealing with our juggling of work/play schedules. ❤ Till next time, Yumans.