So we loaded up (which is my least-favorite part of any trip!) and drove away with our tent trailer and trail mix.
We saw lots of just amazing views.
We tired out the little ones and big ones alike. Yes, he really did fall into his lunch out of sheer exhaustion!
We honestly didn't leave the van much, because it was so energy-sappingly hot. So only one little hike, and a few viewpoints. Mostly, we just stayed in the A/C. Until the van overheated and died, and then we spent an extra day at a dusty campground while we waited for it to be fixed. After a few miracles, we were good and back on our way. We stopped a few times on the way home - on the side of the road - for more repairs. Still gotta get that skylight fixed.
This is what family memories are made of. And in spite the stress of planning and preparations, and the aggravation of breakdowns, and the craziness of being out of routine, it was fun. And so worth it.
We'll have to do it again.