Traveling to the States was pretty un-eventful...and hot.
We left home early Monday morning and drove pretty much straight through...stopping in Navajoa to see about a tetanus shot for Jessee and in Obregon to actually get one.
The van ran great until we got north of Nogales (into the land of expensive car repair). Then we began to over-heat. Could have been related to the 2 hours we sat in line at the border...who knows. Anyway, Doug took off the cap (the one you're not supposed to take off until the engine's cool!) to cool down the engine and then we added a bunch of water and headed to the bus depot to drop off our friend Stephen.
Stephen was with us for a couple of weeks in Mexico. What a great guy!!! You'll see bunches of pics with him in them as I post more about the mission teams and construction we've had at our house. We were sad to see him head back to Oregon, but hopefully we'll see him again soon. [Stay in touch, Stephen!!! ;^) ]
We stayed at a motel in Tucson our first night. It's one of our favorite stops, because they have a really great waffle maker as part of their continental breakfast. I really want one of those!!!!
Tuesday, we were on our way to Williams, Arizona. What a drive! It wasn't really that far (only about 8 hours) but Phoenix was HOT and the van continued to be persnickity. With our tires being as they are and the added weight of the trailer, we had to travel pretty slowly. But the scenery was AMAZING!!! I took a ton of photos, but I'll just include one here.
Tuesday evening we arrived in beautiful (and cool) Williams, Arizona. If you've never been there, you really need to go! When we pulled into town, Sarah said, "It reminds me of that old Route 66!" (Remember the movie "Cars"? That's because it is old Route 66 and they've done a great job of preserving the historic feel of the town.
Mom and Dad had car trouble, too, so they were delayed getting to Williams. We headed to Whitehorse Lake campground to set up our home away from home...more about camping in the next post.