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Clovis Visit

We went to Clovis for a couple days to visit some relatives. Ate an abundance of food, played some miniature golf, drank lots of soda, hung out and had a jolly good time. I wish it lasted longer. On the drive back, we got caught in a traffic jam on I-40 that was due to the freeway being closed from a fatal accident. Instead of waiting, we turned around, backtracked a little, then managed to take a round-about sort of detour. It probably saved us a few hours of sitting in traffic, and it was scenic too. I was glad for the detour because Sean was starting to get really tired of sitting in the car, and started getting very whiny. We managed to make it home before he had a meltdown.

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Jemez Camping Trip

We took a one day camping trip to Jemez for our birthday. It was a rainy day when we were there yesterday, but only about 45 minutes of it was an actual thunderstorm. We had plenty of time to drive around the area and look around before setting up camp. We took a side road from Jemez Springs (F.R. 485) that went to the west and passed by the Gilman tunnels. We continued on this road and eventually found a nice secluded campsite off the dirt road. I had originally thought that we might set up camp at one of the “developed” camp sites, but this turned out to be WAY better. No one else was around, so it was very cool. Speaking of cool, we forgot our jackets and didn’t have sleeping bags (only blankets), so it was very cold during the night and in the morning, especially after the rain. Nathan said he could see his breath. I didn’t realize that we would be up so high in elevation (only today did I notice there were aspens around us), otherwise, I would have taken better precautions against the cold. This was the first time we’ve gone camping together, and Sean’s first time ever. It went well and we had a lot of fun. We stopped a couple times to wade in the little creek (Jemez River?) nearby. The water was cold, but bearable. Sean fell in both times. A fun time was had by all, although Nathan and I didn’t get much sleep… we’re too spoiled by our memory foam matress pad, I guess. 🙂 Must remember to bring air mattress next time. Check out my Flickr page for pictures.

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Back Home

We made it back home late last night. We took a taxi from the rental car place in Kansas City to the KC airport. He was a very sane driver and was very polite to us, thankfully. Our first flight was delayed, so we had to rush to catch our connecting flight. Sean, of course, had diaper difficulties as we walked down the walkway to the airplane. I get on the plane and the flight attendant tells me they don’t have a changing table on board. Great! I then notice that Sean is beginning to smell pretty bad. So I ask another flight attendant if there was somewhere I could change him. She said I could do it in the back of the plane on the floor. I walk back there with Sean. Then she says I can’t change him back there because they’re about to open the door to restock the galley, and no one is allowed back there. But I can still go the the front of the plane. So there we go, everyone is seated and staring… we start to long walk to the front of the plane. The flight attendant up there asks if I want to use the restroom in the airport. I hesitate doing that since they were already boarded, and I didn’t want to make the plane late. So I asked her if I could just do it on the floor. She said yes, so I proceeded to change Sean on the floor of the front of an airplane. Then we start the long walk back to our seats, everyone still staring. Ugh! travelling can be hard. Turned out that I wasn’t really the one holding up the flight. There were a few more passengers that boarded late after we got to our seats.