We had dreams of visiting the Grand Canyon while living in Kansas. We figured we were close enough, we wanted to make our way over there. Well in planning our spring break road trip, we realized it would have been A LOT of driving, too much in fact. So we decided a trip like this would need to be broken up. We'd do the drive, just as far as New Mexico, and then plan another trip after we move back to Minnesota where flying places is easier. We could fly to Vegas, get in Nevada, rent a car and hit the Grand Canyon (Arizona) AND Zion National park (Utah). Three new states for the kids, two for me; so that trip is TBD.
So plans for this trip got hashed out and trust me we were not lacking time spent in the van. Plan was leave Wichita, drive through OKC, stay in Amarillo, TX for two nights, then on to Albequeque for two nights, drive to south New Mexico and stay near Alamogordo for two nights then play it by ear and head back maybe staying overnight on the way back, with a flexible get home day. We had roughly ten days to work with. The van needed maintenance a couple weeks before where we learned the something (can't remember now) was about to go out. So we scheduled to get that fixed because it was something that if it did go out we'd be stranded not something good to have on a half-cross country road trip in the middle of the desert.
Okay, so Friday arrived, kids were off school for spring break. I had my Friday morning six A.M. muscle pump class to teach then we loaded up and headed out. We had taken Harpo to the boarding place the day before so didn't need to worry about that. We left heading south to OKC.