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    Our trip to Phoenix! The drive from southern California was pretty uneventful other than 5 mile traffic jam on the other side of the highway (which till caused a good 30 minute delay for us because people wanted to slow down and see what was going on) and the last 40 minutes turned into pretty hard rain. We were told when we arrived in Phoenix it hadn’t rained in 3 months so that was a nice welcoming surprise. We decided to park at Cabelas for the night so we took the kids inside to burn off some energy and look at the animals. After the kids decided that was enough, Aubrey and Matt left to walk and get Cracker Barrel which was across the parking lot. I don’t know if we should be embarrassed to admit it but we love Cracker Barrel. We just get chicken strips and a bunch of sides and they are all good and all four of us get stuffed with food for $20! Plus, they let you order online for pickup so we will usually grab it and eat in the comfort of our RV. The next day was spent dropping the RV off to get serviced so we had Bruiser with all day. The next stop was dropping the car off to get serviced. Luckily they could get to it right away and they had a big grassy area behind the building for Aubrey to put on a dog show Bruiser. After that was done we went and hung out at McDonalds for two hours. Matt worked for an hour then played in the tunnels for an hour. We had the entire place to ourselves it was awesome. Then it was time to pick up the RV and both kids fell asleep on the way. On the way home we decided to meet up with one of Matt’s friends from high school, Adam. We went to an awesome yogurt place . Aubrey got pistachio, salted caramel, chocolate, oatmeal raisin, and one with frosted animal crackers. I mention this because all the individual samples of these were delicious but when mixed together it turned into a mess that not even a 5 year old would eat. Friday we went and Hiked Camelback Mountain. It was a great hike although we didn’t make it to the top. It was a moderately difficult hike with very uneven terrain and lots of rock you had to climb and use as steps. We made it about 3/4s of the way up when Aubrey decided it was time for lunch, and usually when that happens it means she is getting tired. Matt decided he didn’t want to carry her down from even higher up the mountain so we headed back down after lunch. When we were back at the bottom we headed for the RV that was getting its oil changed and then took it to the carwash. When we got back I made tacos and taco salads which Aubrey sat down and said “ So let’s talk about our day.” I loved it : ) Saturday Matt woke up and went to Starbucks again to work for a little bit and brought me back a coffee again! We went and ran a few errands one included Aubrey getting new shoes for her birthday. After running groceries back to the RV we went to the RV show that was right by us. We saw some pretty nice RVs that cost more than our house, it was crazy. When we were done looking at all of them we met my friend Brynn at the Perfect Pear Bistro. It was such a cute little place in downtown Tempe. The food was delicious, we didn’t take any boxes home which is rare. Sunday was track day! We got up around 6:30am and headed for the track. Once we got there and checked in, I left with the kids to go to Walmart. Matt needed a timer for the day and I wanted to get shoes for Warren. While walking I took Aubrey down the Lego aisle just to see if they had a different one she wanted for her birthday and we almost got Ariel until she saw SNOWWHITE! She was so excited it was a smaller set but she didn’t care, she was so excited to have finally found a snow-white one. I honestly didn’t know if they made them or not since I had never found any. We got back to the track and watched Matt ride a few laps before my friend Rachel came by to join us for the day. It was so fun hanging out and catching up, Aubrey even became friends with her pretty quickly. All in all we spent five nights in Phoenix and we ended up spending all of them in Cabela’s parking lot! This was our first stop where we experienced sold out campsites, although it wasn’t so much that Phoenix is packed with people as much as the fact that 80% of the campsites in the area only allow people 55 years or older, don’t allow kids, and/or only allow dogs less than 25 lbs. So that was a pain but we learned to push our limits, saved a lot of money, and truly appreciated our showers at the next campsite! IMG_0084IMG_0140IMG_0103N11_8231-(ZF-7671-27031-1-001)
    Marinos and a Map posted an update
    Our trip to Phoenix! The drive from southern California was pretty uneventful other than 5 mile traffic jam on the other side of the highway (which till caused a good 30 minute delay for us because people wanted to slow down and see what was going on) and the last 40 minutes turned into pretty hard rain. We were told when we arrived in Phoenix it hadn’t rained in 3 months so that was a nice welcoming surprise. We decided to park at Cabelas for the night so we took the kids inside to burn off some energy and look at the animals. After the kids decided that was enough, Aubrey and Matt left to walk and get Cracker Barrel which was across the parking lot. I don’t know if we should be embarrassed to admit it but we love Cracker Barrel. We just get chicken strips and a bunch of sides and they are all good and all four of us get stuffed with food for $20! Plus, they let you order online for pickup so we will usually grab it and eat in the comfort of our RV. The next day was spent dropping the RV off to get serviced so we had Bruiser with all day. The next stop was dropping the car off to get serviced. Luckily they could get to it right away and they had a big grassy area behind the building for Aubrey to put on a dog show Bruiser. After that was done we went and hung out at McDonalds for two hours. Matt worked for an hour then played in the tunnels for an hour. We had the entire place to ourselves it was awesome. Then it was time to pick up the RV and both kids fell asleep on the way. On the way home we decided to meet up with one of Matt’s friends from high school, Adam. We went to an awesome yogurt place . Aubrey got pistachio, salted caramel, chocolate, oatmeal raisin, and one with frosted animal crackers. I mention this because all the individual samples of these were delicious but when mixed together it turned into a mess that not even a 5 year old would eat. Friday we went and Hiked Camelback Mountain. It was a great hike although we didn’t make it to the top. It was a moderately difficult hike with very uneven terrain and lots of rock you had to climb and use as steps. We made it about 3/4s of the way up when Aubrey decided it was time for lunch, and usually when that happens it means she is getting tired. Matt decided he didn’t want to carry her down from even higher up the mountain so we headed back down after lunch. When we were back at the bottom we headed for the RV that was getting its oil changed and then took it to the carwash. When we got back I made tacos and taco salads which Aubrey sat down and said “ So let’s talk about our day.” I loved it : ) Saturday Matt woke up and went to Starbucks again to work for a little bit and brought me back a coffee again! We went and ran a few errands one included Aubrey getting new shoes for her birthday. After running groceries back to the RV we went to the RV show that was right by us. We saw some pretty nice RVs that cost more than our house, it was crazy. When we were done looking at all of them we met my friend Brynn at the Perfect Pear Bistro. It was such a cute little place in downtown Tempe. The food was delicious, we didn’t take any boxes home which is rare. Sunday was track day! We got up around 6:30am and headed for the track. Once we got there and checked in, I left with the kids to go to Walmart. Matt needed a timer for the day and I wanted to get shoes for Warren. While walking I took Aubrey down the Lego aisle just to see if they had a different one she wanted for her birthday and we almost got Ariel until she saw SNOWWHITE! She was so excited it was a smaller set but she didn’t care, she was so excited to have finally found a snow-white one. I honestly didn’t know if they made them or not since I had never found any. We got back to the track and watched Matt ride a few laps before my friend Rachel came by to join us for the day. It was so fun hanging out and catching up, Aubrey even became friends with her pretty quickly. All in all we spent five nights in Phoenix and we ended up spending all of them in Cabela’s parking lot! This was our first stop where we experienced sold out campsites, although it wasn’t so much that Phoenix is packed with people as much as the fact that 80% of the campsites in the area only allow people 55 years or older, don’t allow kids, and/or only allow dogs less than 25 lbs. So that was a pain but we learned to push our limits, saved a lot of money, and truly appreciated our showers at the next campsite! IMG_0084IMG_0140IMG_0103N11_8231-(ZF-7671-27031-1-001)
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    Our trip to Phoenix! The drive from southern California was pretty uneventful other than 5 mile traffic jam on the other side of the highway (which till caused a good 30 minute delay for us because people wanted to slow down and see what was going on) and the last 40 minutes turned into pretty hard rain. We were told when we arrived in Phoenix it hadn’t rained in 3 months so that was a nice welcoming surprise. We decided to park at Cabelas for the night so we took the kids inside to burn off some energy and look at the animals. After the kids decided that was enough, Aubrey and Matt left to walk and get Cracker Barrel which was across the parking lot. I don’t know if we should be embarrassed to admit it but we love Cracker Barrel. We just get chicken strips and a bunch of sides and they are all good and all four of us get stuffed with food for $20! Plus, they let you order online for pickup so we will usually grab it and eat in the comfort of our RV. The next day was spent dropping the RV off to get serviced so we had Bruiser with all day. The next stop was dropping the car off to get serviced. Luckily they could get to it right away and they had a big grassy area behind the building for Aubrey to put on a dog show Bruiser. After that was done we went and hung out at McDonalds for two hours. Matt worked for an hour then played in the tunnels for an hour. We had the entire place to ourselves it was awesome. Then it was time to pick up the RV and both kids fell asleep on the way. On the way home we decided to meet up with one of Matt’s friends from high school, Adam. We went to an awesome yogurt place . Aubrey got pistachio, salted caramel, chocolate, oatmeal raisin, and one with frosted animal crackers. I mention this because all the individual samples of these were delicious but when mixed together it turned into a mess that not even a 5 year old would eat. Friday we went and Hiked Camelback Mountain. It was a great hike although we didn’t make it to the top. It was a moderately difficult hike with very uneven terrain and lots of rock you had to climb and use as steps. We made it about 3/4s of the way up when Aubrey decided it was time for lunch, and usually when that happens it means she is getting tired. Matt decided he didn’t want to carry her down from even higher up the mountain so we headed back down after lunch. When we were back at the bottom we headed for the RV that was getting its oil changed and then took it to the carwash. When we got back I made tacos and taco salads which Aubrey sat down and said “ So let’s talk about our day.” I loved it : ) Saturday Matt woke up and went to Starbucks again to work for a little bit and brought me back a coffee again! We went and ran a few errands one included Aubrey getting new shoes for her birthday. After running groceries back to the RV we went to the RV show that was right by us. We saw some pretty nice RVs that cost more than our house, it was crazy. When we were done looking at all of them we met my friend Brynn at the Perfect Pear Bistro. It was such a cute little place in downtown Tempe. The food was delicious, we didn’t take any boxes home which is rare. Sunday was track day! We got up around 6:30am and headed for the track. Once we got there and checked in, I left with the kids to go to Walmart. Matt needed a timer for the day and I wanted to get shoes for Warren. While walking I took Aubrey down the Lego aisle just to see if they had a different one she wanted for her birthday and we almost got Ariel until she saw SNOWWHITE! She was so excited it was a smaller set but she didn’t care, she was so excited to have finally found a snow-white one. I honestly didn’t know if they made them or not since I had never found any. We got back to the track and watched Matt ride a few laps before my friend Rachel came by to join us for the day. It was so fun hanging out and catching up, Aubrey even became friends with her pretty quickly. All in all we spent five nights in Phoenix and we ended up spending all of them in Cabela’s parking lot! This was our first stop where we experienced sold out campsites, although it wasn’t so much that Phoenix is packed with people as much as the fact that 80% of the campsites in the area only allow people 55 years or older, don’t allow kids, and/or only allow dogs less than 25 lbs. So that was a pain but we learned to push our limits, saved a lot of money, and truly appreciated our showers at the next campsite! IMG_0084IMG_0140IMG_0103N11_8231-(ZF-7671-27031-1-001)
    Marinos and a Map posted an update
    Our trip to Phoenix! The drive from southern California was pretty uneventful other than 5 mile traffic jam on the other side of the highway (which till caused a good 30 minute delay for us because people wanted to slow down and see what was going on) and the last 40 minutes turned into pretty hard rain. We were told when we arrived in Phoenix it hadn’t rained in 3 months so that was a nice welcoming surprise. We decided to park at Cabelas for the night so we took the kids inside to burn off some energy and look at the animals. After the kids decided that was enough, Aubrey and Matt left to walk and get Cracker Barrel which was across the parking lot. I don’t know if we should be embarrassed to admit it but we love Cracker Barrel. We just get chicken strips and a bunch of sides and they are all good and all four of us get stuffed with food for $20! Plus, they let you order online for pickup so we will usually grab it and eat in the comfort of our RV. The next day was spent dropping the RV off to get serviced so we had Bruiser with all day. The next stop was dropping the car off to get serviced. Luckily they could get to it right away and they had a big grassy area behind the building for Aubrey to put on a dog show Bruiser. After that was done we went and hung out at McDonalds for two hours. Matt worked for an hour then played in the tunnels for an hour. We had the entire place to ourselves it was awesome. Then it was time to pick up the RV and both kids fell asleep on the way. On the way home we decided to meet up with one of Matt’s friends from high school, Adam. We went to an awesome yogurt place . Aubrey got pistachio, salted caramel, chocolate, oatmeal raisin, and one with frosted animal crackers. I mention this because all the individual samples of these were delicious but when mixed together it turned into a mess that not even a 5 year old would eat. Friday we went and Hiked Camelback Mountain. It was a great hike although we didn’t make it to the top. It was a moderately difficult hike with very uneven terrain and lots of rock you had to climb and use as steps. We made it about 3/4s of the way up when Aubrey decided it was time for lunch, and usually when that happens it means she is getting tired. Matt decided he didn’t want to carry her down from even higher up the mountain so we headed back down after lunch. When we were back at the bottom we headed for the RV that was getting its oil changed and then took it to the carwash. When we got back I made tacos and taco salads which Aubrey sat down and said “ So let’s talk about our day.” I loved it : ) Saturday Matt woke up and went to Starbucks again to work for a little bit and brought me back a coffee again! We went and ran a few errands one included Aubrey getting new shoes for her birthday. After running groceries back to the RV we went to the RV show that was right by us. We saw some pretty nice RVs that cost more than our house, it was crazy. When we were done looking at all of them we met my friend Brynn at the Perfect Pear Bistro. It was such a cute little place in downtown Tempe. The food was delicious, we didn’t take any boxes home which is rare. Sunday was track day! We got up around 6:30am and headed for the track. Once we got there and checked in, I left with the kids to go to Walmart. Matt needed a timer for the day and I wanted to get shoes for Warren. While walking I took Aubrey down the Lego aisle just to see if they had a different one she wanted for her birthday and we almost got Ariel until she saw SNOWWHITE! She was so excited it was a smaller set but she didn’t care, she was so excited to have finally found a snow-white one. I honestly didn’t know if they made them or not since I had never found any. We got back to the track and watched Matt ride a few laps before my friend Rachel came by to join us for the day. It was so fun hanging out and catching up, Aubrey even became friends with her pretty quickly. All in all we spent five nights in Phoenix and we ended up spending all of them in Cabela’s parking lot! This was our first stop where we experienced sold out campsites, although it wasn’t so much that Phoenix is packed with people as much as the fact that 80% of the campsites in the area only allow people 55 years or older, don’t allow kids, and/or only allow dogs less than 25 lbs. So that was a pain but we learned to push our limits, saved a lot of money, and truly appreciated our showers at the next campsite! IMG_0084IMG_0140IMG_0103N11_8231-(ZF-7671-27031-1-001)
    Marinos and a Map posted an update in the group Dining
    When in Louisiana you must eat a po\' boy sandwich, when you are making plans to eat a po\' boy sandwich in Louisiana you must go to Parkway Cafe in New Orleans! This place has a great selection of sandwiches to choose from as well as sides and there is something here for everyone (the kids loved the ice cream floats). IMG_1089
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    Our stop in San Francisco, the industrial city….. We woke up and got moving a little slower than we planned which isn’t surprising traveling with our two kids. We were on our way and got to the city around 11am and headed straight for the Golden Gate Bridge! Aubrey was so excited to get out and walk over the water. We all thought the view was amazing and loved watching the boats pass below. After we had taken enough pictures and Walked about half way across Aubrey requested we head somewhere for lunch that had mac n cheese. We Found ourselves at the Fisherman’s Warph entering Boudins for lunch. Boudins is the king of sour dough bread, they make it fresh everyday and have gotten really creative with it by making the bread in the shapes of different animals. Everything was so delicious we all ate way too much bread and warren loved the crab spinach dip. Once we had finished our meal we stood outside looking in the window watching them bake the bread. They had a giant alligator that was at least 6 feet long made of bread and were making more crabs, teddy bears, and turtles as we watched. When we were finally able to get Aubrey to leave we lost her attention to a guy blowing giant bubbles (I think anything giant fascinates this girl). She played with the bubbles while warren ran around chasing after pigeons (don’t worry, he never caught one) and matt and I just watched them both in amusement. Next it was time to go look at the sealions. They were loud! Both kids were amazed by these fat creatures just laying in the sun in the middle of the bay and we spent a good 15 minutes in silence just watching. Around 3pm I got a call from my friend Delise who lives in the city and we left to go pick her up to be our honorary tour guide. We got to see downtown, walked Lombard street, and explored Chinatown a little. There was the coolest tea shop called Red Blossom Tea Company where we picked up some tea per her recommendation. After walking around, we decided it was time for ice cream. We decided to go to Smitten’s Ice Cream because we heard they make it with liquid nitrogen right in front of you and obviously that sounded like a great distraction for the kids so we headed there! Watching them make the ice cream was really cool and the ice cream was delicious. They also patented their machines so only their stores have it. It was 7:30pm before we left the city and both kids were asleep before we even hit the interstate. IMG_9792IMG_9845IMG_9857IMG_9877
    Marinos and a Map posted an update
    Our stop in San Francisco, the industrial city….. We woke up and got moving a little slower than we planned which isn’t surprising traveling with our two kids. We were on our way and got to the city around 11am and headed straight for the Golden Gate Bridge! Aubrey was so excited to get out and walk over the water. We all thought the view was amazing and loved watching the boats pass below. After we had taken enough pictures and Walked about half way across Aubrey requested we head somewhere for lunch that had mac n cheese. We Found ourselves at the Fisherman’s Warph entering Boudins for lunch. Boudins is the king of sour dough bread, they make it fresh everyday and have gotten really creative with it by making the bread in the shapes of different animals. Everything was so delicious we all ate way too much bread and warren loved the crab spinach dip. Once we had finished our meal we stood outside looking in the window watching them bake the bread. They had a giant alligator that was at least 6 feet long made of bread and were making more crabs, teddy bears, and turtles as we watched. When we were finally able to get Aubrey to leave we lost her attention to a guy blowing giant bubbles (I think anything giant fascinates this girl). She played with the bubbles while warren ran around chasing after pigeons (don’t worry, he never caught one) and matt and I just watched them both in amusement. Next it was time to go look at the sealions. They were loud! Both kids were amazed by these fat creatures just laying in the sun in the middle of the bay and we spent a good 15 minutes in silence just watching. Around 3pm I got a call from my friend Delise who lives in the city and we left to go pick her up to be our honorary tour guide. We got to see downtown, walked Lombard street, and explored Chinatown a little. There was the coolest tea shop called Red Blossom Tea Company where we picked up some tea per her recommendation. After walking around, we decided it was time for ice cream. We decided to go to Smitten’s Ice Cream because we heard they make it with liquid nitrogen right in front of you and obviously that sounded like a great distraction for the kids so we headed there! Watching them make the ice cream was really cool and the ice cream was delicious. They also patented their machines so only their stores have it. It was 7:30pm before we left the city and both kids were asleep before we even hit the interstate. IMG_9792IMG_9845IMG_9857IMG_9877
    Marinos and a Map posted an update
    Our stop in San Francisco, the industrial city….. We woke up and got moving a little slower than we planned which isn’t surprising traveling with our two kids. We were on our way and got to the city around 11am and headed straight for the Golden Gate Bridge! Aubrey was so excited to get out and walk over the water. We all thought the view was amazing and loved watching the boats pass below. After we had taken enough pictures and Walked about half way across Aubrey requested we head somewhere for lunch that had mac n cheese. We Found ourselves at the Fisherman’s Warph entering Boudins for lunch. Boudins is the king of sour dough bread, they make it fresh everyday and have gotten really creative with it by making the bread in the shapes of different animals. Everything was so delicious we all ate way too much bread and warren loved the crab spinach dip. Once we had finished our meal we stood outside looking in the window watching them bake the bread. They had a giant alligator that was at least 6 feet long made of bread and were making more crabs, teddy bears, and turtles as we watched. When we were finally able to get Aubrey to leave we lost her attention to a guy blowing giant bubbles (I think anything giant fascinates this girl). She played with the bubbles while warren ran around chasing after pigeons (don’t worry, he never caught one) and matt and I just watched them both in amusement. Next it was time to go look at the sealions. They were loud! Both kids were amazed by these fat creatures just laying in the sun in the middle of the bay and we spent a good 15 minutes in silence just watching. Around 3pm I got a call from my friend Delise who lives in the city and we left to go pick her up to be our honorary tour guide. We got to see downtown, walked Lombard street, and explored Chinatown a little. There was the coolest tea shop called Red Blossom Tea Company where we picked up some tea per her recommendation. After walking around, we decided it was time for ice cream. We decided to go to Smitten’s Ice Cream because we heard they make it with liquid nitrogen right in front of you and obviously that sounded like a great distraction for the kids so we headed there! Watching them make the ice cream was really cool and the ice cream was delicious. They also patented their machines so only their stores have it. It was 7:30pm before we left the city and both kids were asleep before we even hit the interstate. IMG_9792IMG_9845IMG_9857IMG_9877
    Marinos and a Map posted an update
    Our stop in San Francisco, the industrial city….. We woke up and got moving a little slower than we planned which isn’t surprising traveling with our two kids. We were on our way and got to the city around 11am and headed straight for the Golden Gate Bridge! Aubrey was so excited to get out and walk over the water. We all thought the view was amazing and loved watching the boats pass below. After we had taken enough pictures and Walked about half way across Aubrey requested we head somewhere for lunch that had mac n cheese. We Found ourselves at the Fisherman’s Warph entering Boudins for lunch. Boudins is the king of sour dough bread, they make it fresh everyday and have gotten really creative with it by making the bread in the shapes of different animals. Everything was so delicious we all ate way too much bread and warren loved the crab spinach dip. Once we had finished our meal we stood outside looking in the window watching them bake the bread. They had a giant alligator that was at least 6 feet long made of bread and were making more crabs, teddy bears, and turtles as we watched. When we were finally able to get Aubrey to leave we lost her attention to a guy blowing giant bubbles (I think anything giant fascinates this girl). She played with the bubbles while warren ran around chasing after pigeons (don’t worry, he never caught one) and matt and I just watched them both in amusement. Next it was time to go look at the sealions. They were loud! Both kids were amazed by these fat creatures just laying in the sun in the middle of the bay and we spent a good 15 minutes in silence just watching. Around 3pm I got a call from my friend Delise who lives in the city and we left to go pick her up to be our honorary tour guide. We got to see downtown, walked Lombard street, and explored Chinatown a little. There was the coolest tea shop called Red Blossom Tea Company where we picked up some tea per her recommendation. After walking around, we decided it was time for ice cream. We decided to go to Smitten’s Ice Cream because we heard they make it with liquid nitrogen right in front of you and obviously that sounded like a great distraction for the kids so we headed there! Watching them make the ice cream was really cool and the ice cream was delicious. They also patented their machines so only their stores have it. It was 7:30pm before we left the city and both kids were asleep before we even hit the interstate. IMG_9792IMG_9845IMG_9857IMG_9877
    Marinos and a Map posted an update in the group US Road Trips
    In our journey around the US we recently left the west coast and started heading to the east. Talk about cheap gas in New Mexico ($2,09 for 87 octane)! Especially compared to $3.79 near San Diego CA, I was trying to conserve every drop of that gas IMG_0190
    Marinos and a Map posted an update in the group Dining
    Next time your in San Francisco make sure to check out Fisherman\'s Warf, and when you are there try Boudin Bakery! All of the food we got there was great (especially the artichoke crab dip, everyone including the kids loved it) but there bread is a must try. Check out this crab made of sour dough! IMG_9836IMG_9839
    Marinos and a Map posted an update in the group Dining
    Next time your in San Francisco make sure to check out Fisherman\'s Warf, and when you are there try Boudin Bakery! All of the food we got there was great (especially the artichoke crab dip, everyone including the kids loved it) but there bread is a must try. Check out this crab made of sour dough! IMG_9836IMG_9839
    Marinos and a Map posted an update
    Hey everyone just a quick quick update on the Marinos. We made it to Page, Arizona and spent the morning exploring Antelope Canyon and it was absolutely amazing to see in person! We got to check out Horseshoe Bend yesterday, and the Grand Canyon on Wednesday, so we definitely has some fun and explored a little. We finally have a decent internet connection so I was going to spend the evening updating you all but unfortunately both Matt and Warren are sick. So I will be playing my roll as nurse tonight and can hopefully update with more stories and pictures soon. Please send airborn and positive thoughts that Aubrey and I stay strong. -Sam P.S. Can you see the bear?? Image-1marin1marin2
    Marinos and a Map posted an update
    Hey everyone just a quick quick update on the Marinos. We made it to Page, Arizona and spent the morning exploring Antelope Canyon and it was absolutely amazing to see in person! We got to check out Horseshoe Bend yesterday, and the Grand Canyon on Wednesday, so we definitely has some fun and explored a little. We finally have a decent internet connection so I was going to spend the evening updating you all but unfortunately both Matt and Warren are sick. So I will be playing my roll as nurse tonight and can hopefully update with more stories and pictures soon. Please send airborn and positive thoughts that Aubrey and I stay strong. -Sam P.S. Can you see the bear?? Image-1marin1marin2
    Marinos and a Map posted an update
    Hey everyone just a quick quick update on the Marinos. We made it to Page, Arizona and spent the morning exploring Antelope Canyon and it was absolutely amazing to see in person! We got to check out Horseshoe Bend yesterday, and the Grand Canyon on Wednesday, so we definitely has some fun and explored a little. We finally have a decent internet connection so I was going to spend the evening updating you all but unfortunately both Matt and Warren are sick. So I will be playing my roll as nurse tonight and can hopefully update with more stories and pictures soon. Please send airborn and positive thoughts that Aubrey and I stay strong. -Sam P.S. Can you see the bear?? Image-1marin1marin2
    Marinos and a Map posted an update
    Today was the mondayest Monday I’ve had in quite a while. I really didn’t think we would ever have a bad case of the mondays since we started this trip and no one had to go into work but I was wrong. Today’s plan was to get up and be on the road by 9am to get to our next stop. Well we didn’t end up getting on the road until 10:45. This wasn’t because we slept in or were being lazy. Last night it got the colder than we thought and our dump hose froze and broke. So our morning was spent buying new parts and cleaning up the broken ones. Upon getting to the camp ground that literally only has one other person staying here who we are right beside and this place is huge. The parking spot isn’t very big and was a pain in the butt to pull into. So we finally get set up and matt tells me we still have time to go check out El Malpais and/or El Morro national monument. I read about them in my super cool book, but I didn’t realize it was 20 years old!! So the kids and I are pumped to be going for a hike and I was really excited to see all the signatures at Inscription Rock. We drive an hour to get there show up at El Malpais and the the visitor center says closed no big deal we can go to the ice caves a few miles farther the kids were napping anyway. Well the ice caves were closed too. So we decided to go a little further to El Morro since we already drove this far what’s another 10 minutes besides I really wanted to see El Morro. I am sad to report we only made it as far as the sign to turn in because of the government shut down. Now most national parks and monuments will be shut down. So this really throws a kink in our plans especially since we got an America the Beautiful pass for Christmas. So feeling defeated we headed back to the campground. Matt decided to make a pit stop for ice cream quick since there was a Dairy Queen along the way to cheer everyone up. (Mainly me since I had been hinting at ice cream for the last week.) We all shared a Summer berry cheesecake blizzard….yum! With our spirits lifted we were back on the road to the rv. We pulled up to the campground entrance to find the gate locked! Really!? So we’re supposed to be trapped in after 5pm??? No big deal we’ll call the number and someone can let us in, nope no answer. Matt wanted us to try and hold down the spikes on the exit side to go through, but with how our day was going I wasn’t willing to try it. I said let’s just run, it was only 1/2 a mile, we could do it. So now I am sitting here writing about our day while our car is parked outside the campground and if there is a ticket on it tomorrow there will be hell to raise. How was your Monday??? mari1mari2mari3mari4
    Marinos and a Map posted an update
    Today was the mondayest Monday I’ve had in quite a while. I really didn’t think we would ever have a bad case of the mondays since we started this trip and no one had to go into work but I was wrong. Today’s plan was to get up and be on the road by 9am to get to our next stop. Well we didn’t end up getting on the road until 10:45. This wasn’t because we slept in or were being lazy. Last night it got the colder than we thought and our dump hose froze and broke. So our morning was spent buying new parts and cleaning up the broken ones. Upon getting to the camp ground that literally only has one other person staying here who we are right beside and this place is huge. The parking spot isn’t very big and was a pain in the butt to pull into. So we finally get set up and matt tells me we still have time to go check out El Malpais and/or El Morro national monument. I read about them in my super cool book, but I didn’t realize it was 20 years old!! So the kids and I are pumped to be going for a hike and I was really excited to see all the signatures at Inscription Rock. We drive an hour to get there show up at El Malpais and the the visitor center says closed no big deal we can go to the ice caves a few miles farther the kids were napping anyway. Well the ice caves were closed too. So we decided to go a little further to El Morro since we already drove this far what’s another 10 minutes besides I really wanted to see El Morro. I am sad to report we only made it as far as the sign to turn in because of the government shut down. Now most national parks and monuments will be shut down. So this really throws a kink in our plans especially since we got an America the Beautiful pass for Christmas. So feeling defeated we headed back to the campground. Matt decided to make a pit stop for ice cream quick since there was a Dairy Queen along the way to cheer everyone up. (Mainly me since I had been hinting at ice cream for the last week.) We all shared a Summer berry cheesecake blizzard….yum! With our spirits lifted we were back on the road to the rv. We pulled up to the campground entrance to find the gate locked! Really!? So we’re supposed to be trapped in after 5pm??? No big deal we’ll call the number and someone can let us in, nope no answer. Matt wanted us to try and hold down the spikes on the exit side to go through, but with how our day was going I wasn’t willing to try it. I said let’s just run, it was only 1/2 a mile, we could do it. So now I am sitting here writing about our day while our car is parked outside the campground and if there is a ticket on it tomorrow there will be hell to raise. How was your Monday??? mari1mari2mari3mari4
    Marinos and a Map posted an update
    Today was the mondayest Monday I’ve had in quite a while. I really didn’t think we would ever have a bad case of the mondays since we started this trip and no one had to go into work but I was wrong. Today’s plan was to get up and be on the road by 9am to get to our next stop. Well we didn’t end up getting on the road until 10:45. This wasn’t because we slept in or were being lazy. Last night it got the colder than we thought and our dump hose froze and broke. So our morning was spent buying new parts and cleaning up the broken ones. Upon getting to the camp ground that literally only has one other person staying here who we are right beside and this place is huge. The parking spot isn’t very big and was a pain in the butt to pull into. So we finally get set up and matt tells me we still have time to go check out El Malpais and/or El Morro national monument. I read about them in my super cool book, but I didn’t realize it was 20 years old!! So the kids and I are pumped to be going for a hike and I was really excited to see all the signatures at Inscription Rock. We drive an hour to get there show up at El Malpais and the the visitor center says closed no big deal we can go to the ice caves a few miles farther the kids were napping anyway. Well the ice caves were closed too. So we decided to go a little further to El Morro since we already drove this far what’s another 10 minutes besides I really wanted to see El Morro. I am sad to report we only made it as far as the sign to turn in because of the government shut down. Now most national parks and monuments will be shut down. So this really throws a kink in our plans especially since we got an America the Beautiful pass for Christmas. So feeling defeated we headed back to the campground. Matt decided to make a pit stop for ice cream quick since there was a Dairy Queen along the way to cheer everyone up. (Mainly me since I had been hinting at ice cream for the last week.) We all shared a Summer berry cheesecake blizzard….yum! With our spirits lifted we were back on the road to the rv. We pulled up to the campground entrance to find the gate locked! Really!? So we’re supposed to be trapped in after 5pm??? No big deal we’ll call the number and someone can let us in, nope no answer. Matt wanted us to try and hold down the spikes on the exit side to go through, but with how our day was going I wasn’t willing to try it. I said let’s just run, it was only 1/2 a mile, we could do it. So now I am sitting here writing about our day while our car is parked outside the campground and if there is a ticket on it tomorrow there will be hell to raise. How was your Monday??? mari1mari2mari3mari4
    Marinos and a Map posted an update
    Today was the mondayest Monday I’ve had in quite a while. I really didn’t think we would ever have a bad case of the mondays since we started this trip and no one had to go into work but I was wrong. Today’s plan was to get up and be on the road by 9am to get to our next stop. Well we didn’t end up getting on the road until 10:45. This wasn’t because we slept in or were being lazy. Last night it got the colder than we thought and our dump hose froze and broke. So our morning was spent buying new parts and cleaning up the broken ones. Upon getting to the camp ground that literally only has one other person staying here who we are right beside and this place is huge. The parking spot isn’t very big and was a pain in the butt to pull into. So we finally get set up and matt tells me we still have time to go check out El Malpais and/or El Morro national monument. I read about them in my super cool book, but I didn’t realize it was 20 years old!! So the kids and I are pumped to be going for a hike and I was really excited to see all the signatures at Inscription Rock. We drive an hour to get there show up at El Malpais and the the visitor center says closed no big deal we can go to the ice caves a few miles farther the kids were napping anyway. Well the ice caves were closed too. So we decided to go a little further to El Morro since we already drove this far what’s another 10 minutes besides I really wanted to see El Morro. I am sad to report we only made it as far as the sign to turn in because of the government shut down. Now most national parks and monuments will be shut down. So this really throws a kink in our plans especially since we got an America the Beautiful pass for Christmas. So feeling defeated we headed back to the campground. Matt decided to make a pit stop for ice cream quick since there was a Dairy Queen along the way to cheer everyone up. (Mainly me since I had been hinting at ice cream for the last week.) We all shared a Summer berry cheesecake blizzard….yum! With our spirits lifted we were back on the road to the rv. We pulled up to the campground entrance to find the gate locked! Really!? So we’re supposed to be trapped in after 5pm??? No big deal we’ll call the number and someone can let us in, nope no answer. Matt wanted us to try and hold down the spikes on the exit side to go through, but with how our day was going I wasn’t willing to try it. I said let’s just run, it was only 1/2 a mile, we could do it. So now I am sitting here writing about our day while our car is parked outside the campground and if there is a ticket on it tomorrow there will be hell to raise. How was your Monday??? mari1mari2mari3mari4
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