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Trip Start May 17, 2012
Trip End Jun 02, 2012

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Flag of United States  , Arizona
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

So frustrating to have written the whole blog for the day and have it disappear.
I'll do it, but it may be somewhat lackluster as it is 10:37 and I'm starting over... Dang.
I was awakened by Nate telling me it was 8am...We never sleep that late so I felt a jump of angst to get it together.  I went to bed with my hair wet last night so there was an immediate need for some follicular work to be done.  We headed over to the Hogan Restaurant run by the Navajo and had an exceptionally large breakfast which included really good sausages (at about 1:30 my system would argue that point).  Behind the Hogan was the Navajo Museum which had a remarkable exhibit on the Navajo Code Talkers who aided the US during WWII with communications.  We watched a quick video which explained how the coding was done.  I loved the simplicity that foiled the enemy.  The Secret Weapon!
If we calculated correctly it should have been about 2 hours to the Grand Canyon but we will have to add in several stops at the trading areas for jewelry and arts.  I love that stuff.  Apparently Chum gets that from me.  
We did a little better than Chevy Chase at the Grand Canyon but decided that if we skipped every other view area we would be doing ok.  Chum swears she hasn't been there before but I assured her that she was there when she was about 18 months.  I loved her gasp when she first took a glimpse.  It is breath vast..and colorful.
We were set to head over from the GC to Kingman and that road goes through Williams....Route 66, old town, super cute.  I would have loved to stay there but that would have added another 2 hours to tomorrows drive which is already 6 hours.  When we pulled into Wiliams we saw a sign for Bearizona which is a drive through zoo.  There are walk through parts too, but the idea of driving through wolves, buffalo and bear was more than we could pass by.  We saw baby bears climbing trees, beaver, raccoons sleeping a a tree.  Who knew that porcupines sleep in trees?  It was fantastic.  We bee-lined it the next 2 hours to Kingman while doing more math and quizzing on the state abbreviations.  It seemed to be a heavy deer and elk area based on the indicator signs, which explained why my arms and hands were tried from the extra strain on that stretch.  Along the way we had some great discussions on Book smart vs. Street smart...where they come from and how to get from book to street.  That's good to know.  Street smart works in the office too.
We did a drive by overview of Kingman's hotel row and picked what looked good.  The Best Western Kings Inn, something' something' fit the bill.  The girls at the front desk waited for me to make my Priceline registration which was a nice savings and told me about the restaurant next door that would give us a deal because we were guests. Best onion rings.
Sadly, it's time to end the journey.  The kids have worn thin, although they are still enjoying the open road.  We talked about best campsites, best hotels ( Best Western Kingman is in the running for favorite), best food (camping and restaurant categories), favorite and funky people...  Except for complaining and crying (which I actually expected more of) it had been a most enjoyable trip...including the good, bad and horribly ugly.  Wouldn't replace any of it.
We were supposed to stop by my mother in laws in Rancho Mirage on the way home but she said she wasn't up to a visit, so we'll see her another time. 
Chum received a text and a phone call from the Navajo girls at the skate park. She's not sure what to do with that.  Nate thinks it's creepy, but I think it's cute. 

Miles:  3427
License plates:  all but Delaware, Rhode Island, and Maryland.  We found West Virginia, South Carolina and Hawaii today.  We've decided that Rhode Island or Delaware are the holy grail.

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