Our next stop after Peace River was Ft Myers, FL. We stayed at a park called Woodsmoke which was a pretty nice place. We had a nice corner lot with plenty of room for Wyatt to set up his train tracks, and a fun little duck came to say hi every day. He must have liked all the tracks I think. We spent a lot of time at the beach of course. Our favorite beach is called Lover's Key Beach and has a fun tram that takes you from the parking lot to the beach. We also spent a lot of time at Lakes Park which has a really fun train playground and a mini train ride. Sorry I didn't keep up with this better. We had so many amazing days! It's hard to sum up!
Wyatt and I took off to David Crockett State Park for a fun little getaway to meet up with his Grandparents for their trip to the park. We absolutely loved to eco cabin we stayed in and they had an amazing campground as well! The leaves were changing and the first drive past the lake below our cabin was captures a crystal clear reflection of all the leaves in the lake with not a single ripple. I so wish I had taken a photo since it was windy the rest of the time stirring the surface of the lake.
We took a drive to see a steam train at a little town called Lynnville, TN not far from the park. It was great! We could look at the engine, and see where they shoveled the coal. We even got to ring the bell! Exploring the passenger cars was so interesting. It was really cool to see the bathroom and get a look at how passengers would ride! We can't wait to come back to this area and explore more!
Wyatt and I took off for the weekend with some of our favorite people ( Erica, Dave and Liam) to explore Chattanooga, TN! Day 1 we were on our own so Wyatt and I got set up real quick then checked out the TN Aquarium and had dinner downtown. We stayed at the Lookout Mountain KOA which was really fun. They were all set up for Halloween and had a trick or treating event (which was somewhat random being mid October) and a fun bouncing pillow (no one over 16 allowed, and very strictly enforced!) they also had a fun gem mining set up for the kids! There were a couple hiking trails in the KOA and we did explore 1 of them. We also did some other hiking, The Glen Falls Trail ( with insanely horrible parking) in the Chattanooga area . Wyatt was wild as ever and had a blast with his buddy Liam. They had fun splashing in the creek near the little trickle of a waterfall we hiked out to see!
This was a short 2 day stop on our way home. We staying in a little campground called Dogwood Springs RV park which a small family owned place. It was nice and quiet. The town itself was also pretty small and quiet. Dry County in case you want to know these types of things. We mostly just did some hiking and scenic driving here. We hiked down to see Triple Falls which was a nice hike but the falls were weak from lack of rain. Wyatt still had a grand time splashing and swimming in the bottom of the falls. Sorry I don't have pictures I can post here since he stripped down to his underwear to play. This area was beautiful whith tons of great hiking! We stopped to look over the Arkansas Grand Canyon and also found a fun local artist studio right on the square called Spring Street Arts who had the most fun prints on things from coasters to tile! We also stopped at the local elementry school which had an amazing playground. Wyatt made friends with 2 sweet little girls who played so nice with him. They were probably 10 or 11. They took turns spinning him around until he was so dizzy he could barely stand! He was quite impressed!
This was a fun low key stop but I could tell Wyatt was ready to be home. We did stop again in Northern MS to see my family again one more time on the way back which was nice.
After our fun time in SLC we drove over to Colorado Springs for a bit. With a quick stop for a burrito in Ft Collins on the way in we got settled at the Garden of The Gods RV Park. The place was pretty full since it was peak season. They had a nice playground and were in a great location for all our activities! The first few days we explored Garden of the Gods which was beautiful mountains with red rock needling up from the landscape. We also did some 4x4 trails through the mountains which was beautiful!
We spent some time in Manitou Springs which was just a couple miles down the road. Interesting town! They had different natural mineral springs you could access throughout the town thought to have different various benefits. WE got a taste of most of them and also got to play in the funny penny arcade which is where old kiddie rides and vending games seem to end up. There were hundreds of arcade type games and rides here. Wyatt loved it and we ran out of laundry quarters!
We did a little swapping out in this stop since Mike had some work to do back home. He flew home from Denver and my mom flew in. We spent a day exploring the Rocky mountains and a fun trip to IKEA in between flights!
My mom Wyatt and I did great at seeing a ton of stuff in a matter of days! We took the train to the top of Pikes Peak. It was fun but the air was really thin and is was freezing at the top! Totally worth the view though! We spent more time at the penny arcade of course, so my mom ran out of her quarters too. We visited a local cliff dwelling which was fun as well as the Cave of the Winds. To be honest the cave wasn't the best idea for taking a toddler. It was an hour long tour with no touching allowed on the formations! Wyatt was going bonkers 3/4ths of the way through! Mom lessons learned... We spent more time at Garden of the Gods and ran some 4x4 trails. We also got to see the little town of Silverton! Such a cute place. The leaves were in full change and you could see snow capped mountains in the distance. This was an old goldrush town so it's not too busy these days. We got to ride on the coolest little steam engine train ride though. We were sitting up front right behind the engine and Wyatt had so much fun watching the engineer shoveling coal into the firebox and blowing the whistle! This was a must see stop so if you are ever close make sure to stop and see this town!
In Salt lake we didn't do much besides learn all day at the convention. It was amazing! We learned about Sleep, Mood, Wellness, Nutrition, Essential Oils (of course) , lots of science based research from some major universities and hospitals, and my FAVORITE PART which is our Co-Impact Sourcing and Healing Hands Foundation (how we are changing the world)! There is no possible way to write about everything we learned so I'll just direct you to a few places if you do want to know more.
Basically our convention was all about changing this world for the better. Through many many ways but most certainly through our amazing essential oils. Right now if you know nothing about essential oils or want to learn more than you do now. STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING. SEND ME A MESSAGE RIGHT NOW. LEARN A FEW THINGS. SHARE A FEW THINGS. CHANGE THE WORLD.
Canyonlands! The RV park we stayed at wasn't much more than a red dirt parking lot next to a rodeo arena but it did the job and was a great deal on Passport America. Our first day going into the park we see tons of signage to bring your own gas, food and water into the park. There are no resources available once you're in! This park is most popular for 4 wheel drive treks. There are off road trails and sections that don't even have trails at all in the Maze section. The main trail through the canyons takes 3-4 days to drive in a 4x4. We didn't have equipment for that ( we will be back when Wyatt is older to do it!) so we did a day trail down into the canyon and it was the most fun I've ever had!
Arches National park was much different. Huge arches and red rock stood out from the landscape in the distance everywhere. This park had a lot more hiking to get to the best views. Strong winds blowing up sand and beaming sun kept us from exploring as much with Wyatt. It was still beautiful and a must see for any trip out west. While we were exploring Devils Garden I left my phone and wallet in the bathroom! It was the most stressful day of the trip for sure but I got very lucky and a nice French man turned it all into the park visitor center! Whew! There are still some nice honest people out there!
The next day we packed up and spent some time exploring the old town shopping area. It was cool looking at the pueblo houses and we got some cool horse hair pottery to take home. Our absolute favorite stop in NM was Mamas Minerals! Check them out here www.mamasminerals.com This was the most amazing gemstone store I've ever too! They had a fun little sand pit for kids so Wyatt got to dig for his own gems while we shopped! He was so happy every time he found a little stone! He would yell out" Mommy I found one" every time! We found some beautiful pieces to bring home but I could have bought the entire store. Truly y'all need to check this place out! We would have loved to explore this area more but only had time for an overnight. We will be back for sure!