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Road Trip Day 6 (part 2)

Our evening visit to Sedona, Arizona from Williams, Arizona where we stayed for a couple nights!

Gorgeous!

Can’t wait to go back one day… Sedona was one of our favorite places!  Beauty everywhere!

hehe, we had this kind of cactus for our appetizer at a {gluten free!} restaurant that night!

love us.  and nature.

to see more of our road trip pics, check out:

Road Trip Day 6 (part 1)

Arizona!
probably my most favorite part of the trip!

We explored The Petrified Forest (outside of Holbrook, AZ)

the park was just “littered” with all these petrified wooden pieces

magnificent desert landscape

natural petrified wood bridge formation

so many different minerals create these cool colors

is this another planet?

The Painted Desert of Navajo Country

breathtaking

we explored all this in the first half of the day… part 2 aka Sedona is next!  

I have SO many pictures!

Road Trip Day 5

Day long drive through New Mexico!
awesome gas mileage! 63mph 😉

I’m in love with mountains

poor bored Khloe in my backseat

plains and mountains.  gorgeous.

plateaus!

all these pics were taken while I was driving *multi-tasker* aka I was careful aka no one drives through North New Mexico so it’s ok…!

Day 6’s pics are breathtaking!

XoXo

Tulsa with the Belangers!

   Fourth of July weekend Beau, the doggies, and I made a 14 hour drive to Tulsa, Oklahoma!  We hadn’t seen his family in soooo long so it was wonderful to see them!

   We hung out in their gorgeous home, cooked amazing dinners, and explored Tulsa… even in the 107 degree heat!

One of my favorite things was visiting the Broken Arrow Zoo, a wildlife sanctuary.  Check out their website!  http://www.safariszoo.com/
Gorgeous tigers trying to keep cool! 

This is a Liger!  He was HUGE and loved eating the
frozen chicken legs we fed him 🙂

Kyle and I holding alligators!

Lemurs enjoying the gummy snacks we fed them

A wolf!

Me holding a baby kangaroo!!!

Here’s a funny video of a very sly monkey who 
knew the word “cup”!

   Chris, Beau, and I also visited the Philbrook Museum of Art which was gorgeous.  There is so much old oil money in the city of Tulsa and this mansion is gorgeous to prove it!  Check out their site: http://www.philbrook.org/
   Cannot wait to hang out with Beau’s family again… hopefully soon!  Thank you for such a wonderful time  🙂   

Good ‘Ole Cajun Country

In recent light of the Mississippi River flood, I thought it was appropriate to write about Beau’s and I’s weekend trip into Cajun Country for Easter.  

On Good Friday Beau, our doggies, and I made the six and a half hour drive to Lakes Charles, LA.  We stayed at Brett’s house (Beau’s brother who’s stationed there for the CG), which he fixed up SO nicely.  The upgraded kitchen was sure my favorite!  While we were there we visited with Beau’s mom and Brett showed us the grand old tour around southwestern LA.   
Our Saturday kicked off with some great southern BBQ!  Well actually, it kicked off with Khloe eating a chocolate chip cookie laying on the side of the road.  
Here’s a pic of Miss Khloe taken around the beginning of 2011 for those of you who have yet to meet her!
I was taking the dogs on a morning walk and of course Khloe “the fatty” eats anything she can find on the side of the road.  I nearly had a heart attack and was terrified she’d just drop dead in the middle of the walk.  Thankfully she’s probably eaten everything possible and her stomach can process it!  Oh Khloe Khloe Khloe haha.  I love her!
Anyways, back to BBQ, Brett brought us to one of his favorite places, Dan’s BBQ, and I took his advice and ordered a loaded potato with brisket on top.  Mmmmmm!  The potato alone was probably the size of small butternut sqush and stuffed inside was bacon, chives, sour cream, cheese… and the brisket was so delicious!  Thankfully Beau was there to help me finish it off alone I have to admit I did quite a good job myself haha.  I think I might make this easy meal at home if we’re feeling like being fatties!
Later Saturday we visited the Cameron Prairie Refuge where saw a few alligators!  Unfortunately it was really windy so all the gators stayed in the water, but we saw a baby one that was on the grassy bank sunning itself.  It was quite a sight to see.  Next time I hope to see much bigger ones… but I’m sure I’ll be a little scared and Beau will get a kick out of that.
Alligator from Cameron Prairie: http://www.wildherps.com/images/herps/standard/10040803PD_alligator.jpg
Southern Louisiana is a pretty place…there are marshes and bayous and swamps everywhere.  It’s crazy to think that this whole area is now underwater.  While driving along the highway one will see little shacks among the banks, river houses, and small boats: home of the “Swamp People.”  No wonder LA is the crawfish capital- there’s so much water!  Beau and I decided, though, that unless someone is a complete outdoors person, there really isn’t too much else to do in southern LA.
Saturday night we enjoyed a delicious dinner Beau’s mom cooked… fresh salad, corn, steak, and crab.  Boy was it a feast! And before we left on Sunday, we brought all three dogs to a local dog park.  Finally Bama came out of her shell (she was terrified of Pepper, Brett’s 90 pound dog, the entire weekend!) and Khloe had a blast climbing on the doggie ramps and tunnels!  I need to find an adorable dog park close to us back home.
It was a short but sweet week!  Y’all should take a trip down into Cajun country and have some good eats!