When Aine and I arrived home, the adventure was set into motion. Dave said we would head out to the Gila Bend area. I mentioned that there were severe wind advisories along the interstates, but he wasn't worried. We piled into the car and set out. I was still a bit apprehensive, but I was not driving. With Dave at the wheel, I started an audiobook and began to knit.
The weather was weird as we drove out of town. Our destination was Painted Rock Petroglyph site. The sky was very overcast and the blowing dust caused limited visibility in some spots.
Leaving the petroglyph site, we ventured to the Painted Rock Dam. While driving on dirt backroads to hit a couple other historic sites along the way, Dave and I screeched, "There's a spider in the road!" We turned around and climbed out of the car to look at the giant spider. Everyone enjoyed the jaywalker. The spider crawled under the car and curled up by our wheel. Dave didn't want to crush it, so I climbed out to direct his driving to avoid the spider!
A historic pioneer cemetary was on our route as well as old historic homes made of stones. We encountered a detour on the way to the dam. Dave had wanted to view another site along the way, but we were told the road ended and was not open. Following our GPS,we set out for the dam. Little did we know, but we were driving in a huge circle. We ended up back at the Petroglyphs!
Undeterred our family continued on to the dam. As we drove, we saw volcanic rock. Eamon wanted to touch and examine some of the lava rocks, so we stopped.Once we were back on the highway, we realized that we would need to postpone our trip to view the dam. The sky was starting to quicker darken as the sun went down, and we decided it would not be much fun in the dark. We headed home with images of giant spiders and ancient writings. I am excited to start our day trips again even if they may be last minute. I think I may just be moving out of my comfort zone (heck, did you see that spider!)