My old Jeep is packed full as we hit the road at 1pm.
The air conditioning hasn't worked well for about a year (I'd say it runs 40% of the time) so on the hot desert road between Reno and Elko we're excited that it's keeping us cool at 2pm.
There it goes again. No air at 2.30pm. Tim and I enjoy a nice talk and laughter as I pour water on us to keep our cool with the windows down.
We hit Winnemucca at 4pm and as we take the exit and the wind blast of the highway vanishes we hear terrible noises coming for the car. Tim checks under the hood and adds some coolant.
2 more hours and we're pulling off in Elko, just slightly behind out friends who left early but got a flat tire on the road. This time the noises are the most painful my Jeep has ever made. It's not going to make it to the campsite that night.
So this is our Elko hotel room.
We did finally make it when our friends picked us up and our car made it too after a new air conditioning compressor and accessory belt a day later.
Calli learned to say "cheese" for the camera - seen here - and "yes" which we had a lot of fun with!
We did a night trail run/hike - running for the wives, hiking for the dads with kids -
and a 5 mile day hike with all the littles next!
Later that day there was RAIN. The thunderstorms there do not mess around! Thankfully we knew it was on it's way and we took cover with our valuable possessions.
But the biggest highlight? My lasagna in my new dutch oven.
Put it all together and there you have it - a family vacation.