July 7, 2016
We woke up at the Bell’s house, packed up our things, and had a bowl of cold cereal before heading out. Only Gavin and Avery were there, and they were getting ready for their day. We said goodbye and headed out. It was a short day for us without any planned activities. A staging or positioning day, I like to think. We would be exploring the caves at Carlsbad Caverns National Park tomorrow, so wanted to be close in the morning. Hotel and availability wasn’t good in Carlsbad, so I got us a reservation at the Springhill Suites in El Paso, Texas.
The most exciting things on our drive were the Welcome to New Mexico and Welcome to Texas signs. It was mostly flat and featureless desert. It was a short 4.5 hour drive, so we arrived early and had time to chill. In late afternoon, we watched “Finding Dory” at the theater next to our hotel, then had dinner at a Mexican seafood restaurant.
That’s pretty much it. It was good for me to finally get plenty of sleep and do some blogging and photo editing. I’m wicked behind, which is okay since maximizing my time with the girls is my primary priority and objective.