We got up around 7, showered and packed our car. We had discussed the night before about not stopping for breakfast right away since we had a long drive. We stopped by our lodge cafeteria and got a big cinnamon roll to have on the road. We met up with the other car and Grandpa switched over to ride in our car. We headed out of Grand Canyon National Park. Apparently the others decided that waiting to eat was just not an option and we’d stop quickly for some coffee and danishes at a little cafe by the IMAX movie. There was a McDonald’s across the street, so we drove over there to get Little Monkey a hash brown. This is probably the most expensive McDonald’s EVER. I got him one hash brown (not two like at home since they are two for $1) and that ONE hash brown cost $1.89+tax! Crazy! This ended up NOT being a quick stop for breakfast, but oh well. After breakfast, Big Monkey went next door to the fire department to see if they had any shirts. This time they were in quarters but they no longer sell shirts.
We spent the next couple of hours in the car driving towards Flagstaff and then into Sedona. We drove through Oak Creek Canyon and stopped at a scenic view point to get out and stretch and take pictures. There were many tables set up with local Indian artists selling jewelry and other crafts. Aunt K got a necklace. We continued through the canyon, quite a winding road to get down and through the mountains. All of a sudden, with absolutely NO warning, Little Monkey threw up all over himself. I yelled to Big Monkey, “He’s PUKING!” and Big Monkey assured me there was nowhere to pull over. I told him that he better find a place. Within a minute, there was a spot to pull over, so we did and got him cleaned up and changed. Poor guy, he was doing so well with the ride too.
We got to our hotel without any other motion sickness issues and got checked in. We put our stuff in our rooms and then headed back to a shopping area for lunch. We found a little cafe to eat at and while waiting for our food, Little Monkey threw up again. Poor guy apparently all the motion wasn’t out of his system yet. He drank most of a bottle of water the rest of the time we were out and seemed content. We did a little bit of shopping but it was REALLY hot there. Not hot like in Florida hot, but hot and dry and when there was a breeze it didn’t even feel good. It felt like you were standing behind a bus! We decided we would go back to the hotel for Little Monkey to nap and others to go swimming. The Fire Station was right next to where we parked, so Big Monkey tried to get a shirt from there, but no one answered the door.
Back at our hotel, Little Monkey took a nap while Aunt S and I read books on our balcony. Aunt K and Uncle K tried to take a nap but ended up going swimming in the pool. Big Monkey and Grandpa worked to get all of Little Monkey’s clothes, blanket and carseat cleaned up from the earlier puking incidents. They also worked to clean the rental car because some of it had seeped all along the carseat, making a ring on the seat. Grandpa asked the hotel cleaning staff if they had anything that might work, and sure enough, they did. After he was done with the cleaning, Big Monkey and Aunt S also went to the pool. I continued reading my book waiting for Little Monkey to finish his nap. He got up and we went right out to the pool. He loved swimming and was quite brave jumping in the pool without his float ring on. Everyone hung out at the pool for awhile until we decided we better look into having something for dinner.
Everyone showered and cleaned up nice for dinner at the hotel. We sat outside and had a great view, well Uncle K and I didn’t have a great view because we were the last to get to the table and got stuck with crappy seats. Dinner was really good. I had some kind of pasta with crab meat in it. It was quite yummy. They also had a special for very cheap appetizers and desserts since there is construction going on on the road leading to the hotel. So we had three appetizers and three desserts, which ended up being four desserts because the waitress got our bill wrong and when she went to fix it she brought us a free creme brulee.
Once we had stuffed ourselves to the brim, we went back to our rooms. Uncle K and Aunt K entertained Little Monkey so Big Monkey and I could pack most of our stuff up. We had planned to leave bright and early since we had a long drive to get back to Las Vegas. We checked out our GPS system and some maps online to find an alternative route to Las Vegas that would keep us out of the winding mountain road that Little Monkey got sick on. Uncle K, Aunt K and Aunt S all planned on sleeping in and leaving for Las Vegas later in the morning. Big Monkey was meeting a friend in Las Vegas, so we were trying to get there earlier so they could meet up and have their fun and not take up too much of our family time. We headed off to bed but sat on our balcony while Little Monkey fell asleep. Uncle K and Aunt K had gone to the hot tub to hang out for a while. We could see and hear them from our balcony but they didn’t seem to know that we were there. It was interesting to hear their discussion and their points of view on some things.