I think I've mentioned before that Kyle's sister Kathleen works for the Chamber of Commerce here in Holbrook. Part of her job is promoting Holbrook to tourists and getting them to spend some time and money here. We live along the old Route 66 and Arizona has tried something new to help people travel along the route. They hand out these really cool Passports and as you go through the little towns on the highway you get a stamp to go in your Passport book. Kathleen has been wanting to do a little Route 66 tour to be able to promote the Passport program a little more and asked if I wanted to tag along with them turning Fall Break. Kellie (Kyle's other sister) was putting on a Film Festival and needed some help- so we made a whole week out of it.
We left the Wednesday before school started, so my awesome Mom met us in Show Low to trade the kids while Kyle was still working. The plan was to head to Kellie's house first, help with the festival, do some shopping, then head to Kingman where Kathleen's mother in law lived to stay the night and start our Route 66 tour. Our first stop on our adventure was the new Casino in Flagstaff. It's kind of a random casino in the middle of no where, but it's really pretty.
After our 10 hour trip we made it to Kellies just in time to help her get stuff ready for the Film Festival the next day. She is awesome and got Kirby to come be the guest actor. He's not really that famous, but he plays in a lot of Mormon movies- so he's pretty famous in Utah :) Cassie and I decided instead of getting a picture of our own with him it would be much cooler to just photo bomb him.
Then everyone told me I had to get a picture with him and I for my Smash book... so I did.
The next day we decided to venture out and get some shopping done. We hit all the Deseret Industries close to us, the Savers, and then the Mall to get something to eat. Here's Marie chilling by the Space Craft. She was beat! Can't even tell though :)
On Sunday the second leg of our trip began. The Route 66 Tour!
Our next stop was Hackberry (just a little store) and then off to Valentine to The Keepers of the Wild Nature Park. They had a lot of tigers and random animals- like the Llamas. These Llamas LOVED Kaleb- they would come running whenever he would make a little call out to them. It was the funniest thing to watch.
It was so fun to be able to get all my stamps in my Passport and to be able to actually see some of the historic towns in the state that I've lived in my whole life. We really do live in such a pretty state- there is so much diversity here just an hour or so away from each other! It really made me appreciate my home state a little more.