The real traveling begins!

The day to hit the open road finally arrived. While we are on our RV adventure, our plan is to only drive a few hours on any given day. The first leg of the trip, we made an exception and drove six hours to Laughlin, Nevada. As we were pulling out of the RV park we realized the brake light and turning signal weren't working on the passenger side of the camper. My idea of making a sign and putting it on the end of the extendable mop handle to stick out the window as a signal didn't sound like a good idea to Paul, so we stopped by a camper sales and service place that wasn't to far off our route. Luckily, they had time to replace the wiring harness that was messed up. (and under warranty), and we were back on the road! For those of you that aren't familiar with Laughlin, it is a small gambling town on the borders of Arizona and California. It's like a white trash version of Las Vegas, so we fit right in! We could have parked in a casino parking lot for free, but decided to stay in a casino RV park with hookups instead. Some of our friends met us there to have one last hoorah. On Saturday the blackjack, roulette and craps tables were all kind to us. Our winnings paid for the whole weekend, including fuel to get there, the RV site and all of the food and drinks. We left Monday morning with the same amount of money we came in with on Friday, which is winning in my book! After we said goodbye to our friends, it hit me…we won't see anyone we know for a while. It's something I hadn't thought of before. We plan on stopping here and there to see friends and family, but not seeing a person I recognize on a daily or weekly basis seems odd. 

 Not the greatest quality photo, but it's the only one we got of the whole crew. Cory, Rick, Craig, Michele holding me on her lap and Paul. 

Not the greatest quality photo, but it's the only one we got of the whole crew. Cory, Rick, Craig, Michele holding me on her lap and Paul. 

 On Monday we drove to the Grand Canyon. We got there just before dark and were greeted by a family of mule deer and a few elk, having dinner in the campground. We were surprised that so many people go to the Grand Canyon over Christmas break. The park was busy! The skies were clear, but it was pretty cold. It was in the teens at night, but the heater in the rig worked great, and we were toasty warm. It is supposed to snow there tomorrow, (Christmas Day) so we decided to head south. We are now in Sedona, Arizona. The surrounding hills are beautiful red rock. I will try to get some photos before we leave. We are spending Christmas Eve and Day here. Next stop? Somewhere a few hours south and east, who knows! Until then, Merry Christmas to all of you!

 A couple of mule deer and an elks ass.

A couple of mule deer and an elks ass.

 P.S. Paul had a deer guard made for the front of the truck. We have had a lot of comments and questions since we got it last week. It is quite large! Room for a wench and a receiving hitch for a bicycle rack in the future.

 The mother of all grill guards.

The mother of all grill guards.