Although I still was not feeling well in the morning, we proceeded with our plans to visit the southern section of the park and drive on to Santa Fe, New Mexico. D was a trooper, because even though he was not feeling 100% either, he did all of the driving in the morning.
Our first stop was the Rainbow Forest Museum where D went with the kids to get their junior ranger badges while I stayed in the car. We nixed all of the hiking plans we had and just did short walks from the various pull-offs throughout the park.
If you’re curious about what petrified wood looks like, this is it.
It basically looks and feels like wood that has turned into rock.
I am glad these guys managed to maintain good spirits even though I was feeling miserable.
Something was really funny!
Even though we did not get a chance to do much exploring, I feel like we had a good overview of the park.
I continued to throw up bile in the car (with a bag) since I had no food or water in my stomach. After a quick internet search, I realized that I needed to drink water even if I threw it up or I would risk becoming severely dehydrated. Somewhere along our route in New Mexico, I was able to keep saltines and 7up down, and was able to do some driving.
The kids shared a sandwich from Westend Donuts & Deli in Gallup, New Mexico and they said was good. We checked into Comfort Inn in Santa Fe. We took a trip to Albertsons to pick up Gatorade, bananas, and chicken strips from the deli for the kids for dinner. This was not how I had imagined our first night in Santa Fe! 🙁