We'd said we wanted to be on the road by 9am to get the heck of out the Mojave, but I nagged Sean about stopping to get gas before getting on the road. As we pulled into a parking lot and over a speed bump, we heard a huge crash and looked out of the mirror to see that our dear old awning had broken off and was laying on the side of the driveway. Turns out that the wind storm the day before had probably been the final nail in Betina's awning's coffin.
Luckily, a couple of guys sitting in their gym saw the whole thing happen and sprang into action. They broke out a ladder and we were able to get the awning arms removed, tether the awning flap and get back on the road after only 30 minutes. I am so thankful we were not on the highway when that happened! (Big ups to Al at Tri-State Athletic Club for being our savior! Thanks, Al!)
After the awning incident, we took our time getting to the Grand Canyon, and we didn't have a plan or reservation once we got there. Since it was a weekend, the park campsites were full but we had done our research and knew that Ten-X Campground in Kaibab National Forest was just three minutes outside of the front gate to the park (and less than half the price!). The campground at Ten-X was wooded and beautiful. Sean & A saw a family of elk roaming through the grounds while I was cooking dinner.
The Grand Canyon did not disappoint. We totally lucked out with great weather - warm but not crazy hot. We hiked around the rim with A in the morning, and then drove to some scenic viewpoints while she napped in the afternoon. When she's older, we definitely want to take her down into the canyon, but this time we just weren't prepared enough (especially having to adjust to taking the trailer off the grid).
Our first boondocking experience with Betina was good, not great. Our fridge is having a few issues running off of propane, so we ended up having to throw out a bunch of our food (grr!). Even with the generator, we ran out of battery a few times. Mostly because we didn't want to be those a-holes running a generator at the campsite. Our fresh water got low, and combined with the dead battery that meant we couldn't really use the water in the trailer (the pump needs some electricity to push the water into the pipes from the tanks). So, we packed our sink full of dirty dishes and shoved off, deciding at the last minute to head to Sedona and hook up at an RV park.
In the theme of slowing down, we took a scenic route to Flagstaff and Sedona from Grand Canyon, and wow was it one of the most beautiful drives I have ever experienced! One of the things we've learned so far on this trip is that even a "short drive" can end up taking us quite awhile. So.. we've decided to stay a little longer in Sedona to explore. More on that soon!
A is doing great on the trip. So far she is loving being outside more, and has really been a champ in the car (we have been careful to time our trips around naps).