9:20 a.m.-- Mike noticed that one of the tires on the van was a little low on air, so he decided to fill it up before we went any further. When he twisted the cap off, the whole valve stem broke off, and all the air rushed out of the tire. So there we were on the side of a dirt road at the bottom of Mt. Princeton with a flat tire.
Notice Noah is barefoot, because he had settled in for a 15 hour drive home.
Noah worked on getting the spare tire ready while Mike removed the flat tire. See those turdy-looking things behind Noah? I spent several minutes trying to figure out what kind of animal poops in that shape before I realized they were old, dirt-covered hot dogs.
After working in the hot sun on the dry dirt road, Noah opened the back of the van to find Sarah lying like a slug in a nest of blankets and pillows she'd made. He put on an English accent and said, "Oh hello milady! Can I serve you in any way? Perhaps lick your feet clean? Oh wait...they're not even dirty because you've been sitting in the chariot the whole time." She just shrugged and said, "Not MY fault you didn't wear shoes."
About an hour and half later, we came to an intersection where a woman was holding a cardboard sign on which she'd written "Any help appreciated". I was in the middle of eating a bag of grapes, so I handed the bag to Mike to give to her. He rolled down his window and yelled, "Are you hungry? I've got some grapes." Noah, oblivious, yelled from the back of the van, "No, thanks. I'm not hungry. Just thirsty."
By afternoon, we had decreased in elevation, and it was HOT on the dry dusty plains.
8:00 p.m. The kids wanted to watch a DVD, so I was looking through the selections, which we've been adding to since the kids were little. Jokingly I asked them if they wanted to watch "Baby Genius: Trip to the San Diego Zoo". They both said, "Oh yes! We love that one!" So that's what they did for the next 45 minutes.