WE’RE BACK!!!

After 40 hours on the road, we finally made it back to PA. We traveled through New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tenessee, Virginia, West Virgina, and Maryland. On the way we stopped at the biggest cross in the western hemisphere (it was pretty massive). We also spent some time in Nashville, checking out the Grand Ole Opery and getting some dinner.

We can’t believe the trip is over, but we’re all ready to catch up on our sleep! It’s been an eventful 9 days and we’ve seen so many things. Thanks for all the prayers!
Hope to see you soon,
CCC’ers

New Mexico

This is our 2nd full day in New Mexico and we’ve managed to stay very busy. Yesterday we finished up our interviews. Christina interviewed Ms. Wood, a middle school counselor in Gallup, NM. She talked to us about her profession and gave us a tour of the school. It was interesting to get a different perspective, other than a teacher’s perspective, on the student body. Then we traveled to Albuquerque for the rest of the day. Christine had her interview with Stephanie Poston, a marketing and PR entrepreneur. She started her own company, Poston and Associatiates, and loves the flexibility of working for herself. She offered some input on when to go to grad school, and how to balance work and family life. She was very knowledgable and interesting to interact with.

After the inteviews were over, we took in the sights of Albuquerque for the night. First we went to Old Town to have a Mexican dinner and do a little shopping. Old Town had cute little boutique shops, Native American vendors, and really good food! After Old Town we did a little more shopping and drove around the city, taking in all the sights. Finally we headed back to Gallup for a good night’s rest.

Today we shopped, ate, played with small children, and picked up trash. The lady we are staying with is babysitting twin 2 year olds and we had the priveledge of trying to control them. We also took them out to lunch for some authentic Navajo Tacos (well, the twins had chicken nuggets and the adults had tacos). Let’s just say, twin 2 year olds out to eat at a restaurant is an eventful exprience. After lunch we went to a local flea market and bought some pretty jewelry. This afternoon we cleaned up trash at the local park as a way to pay back the community for letting us stay at the church for free. Tonight we’re planning to make spaghetti dinner for Liz (the lady we’re staying with), hang out, teach Kate to play Dutch Blitz, and get organized to head back East tomorrow! It’s crazy that we have to start the drive home so soon!

We’re not sure when/if we’ll be able to post again, but our tentative plan is to drive through Nashville so we may be able to post while we’re there. If not, then we are excited to see everyone from back home and we plan to be back in PA late Tuesday afternoon. Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend!

-CCC’ers

Grand Canyon

Since our last post we were still on our way to the Grand Canyon. Rest assured, we made it to the Grand Canyon after 42 hours on the road. Considering the Grand Canyon isn’t exactly a metropolitan area, we did not have internet access in order to update this blog. So…here is a long post to update you on all our happenings in the last 48 hours.

1): We arrived in the Grand Canyon around 2:00 PM (Grand Canyon time) on Tuesday, promptly set up camp and then headed to the showers!!! After finally feeling clean and taking a short nap, we made dinner and attempted to watch the sunset. Ironically we had trouble finding the Canyon and by the time we found it, the sun had already set. Who knew it would be so hard to find such a massively large hole in the ground?! Eventually we made our way back to camp in the dark (through the woods, we might add), had some s’mores and called it a day at 9:30 PM.

2):After a very restful night sleep we were ready to enjoy our day exploring the Canyon. We hiked down, up, and across the Grand Canyon and it was breathtaking. We all agreed that words and pictures do not do the canyon justice. We started our day with a short hike into the canyon to a beautiful outlook, then we walked the Rim Trail, and we finished our day (finally) watching the sunset. (See pictures!!!)

3): During our time in the Canyon we also were able to experience some wildlife. On the first morning we woke up to see 2 elk walk right beside our campsite. Later we saw a coyote and a mule deer along the side of the road. Also, on the second night, we heard coyotes howling right outside our tent (or so it sounded).

4): We sadly left the Grand Canyon for Gallup, NM today. We made the 4 hour trek just in time to make it to Kate’s interview at 3 PM at the Hands of Hope Pregnancy Center. There we met Barbara Leslie, the director of the Center. She gave us a tour, answered our questions, and shared about how her experiences led her to be Director of the Pregnancy Center. It was interesting to find out that this Pregnancy Center is the only one in Gallup, NM and the surrounding areas. The next closest centers are 2 hours in each direction! This particular clinic is also interesting because it is a faith-based organization, but also has a lot of interaction with state agencies. Barbara noted that her faith is what keeps her sane in her profession and unplanned pregnancies are her platform for ministry.

5): We’re only minutes away from heading to Gamerco Church of God, our home for the next 3 days. We have our other 2 interviews scheduled for tomorrow, one at a middle school in Gallup and the other with a consultant in Albuquerque. More updates to come hopefully tomorrow when we are in Albuquerque.

Thanks for keeping us in your prayers! Enjoy the pictures!
CCC’ers

1/2 way there

We’ve made it almost half way to the Grand Canyon! Right now we’re at a McDonalds in Illinois, less than 50 miles from St. Louis. At the rate we’re going we expect to be in the Grand Canyon around 10 or 11 AM tomorrow. On our trip so far we’re seen lots of fields…and more fields…Indianapolis…and then more fields. It’s a lot different than the hilly landscape of Central PA. Surprisingly the trip so far has not been bad (except for getting lost within the first hour of leaving Christina’s house — Oops!). We’re all still in good spirits thanks to some well-deserved caffeine, good road snacks, and a couple long naps. Well, we better be on our way. More updates to come. Thanks for the prayers!

(Still) hittin’ the road,
CCC’ers

And we’re off!!!!!!!!

In 15 minutes we will embark on our cross-country venture! The car is packed, and yes…everything fits. We’re excited and a bit anxious about the 40 hour road trip ahead. It’s going to be quite an adventure!!! Pray for our safety and sanity as we head off to the Grand Canyon. Hopefully there will be more updates to come from the road depending on when we can find our next internet connection.

Peace out, PA!
CCC’ers

New Mexico

This is our 2nd full day in New Mexico and we've managed to stay very busy. Yesterday we finished up our interviews. Christina interviewed Ms. Wood, a middle school counselor in Gallup, NM. She talked to us about her profession and gave us a tour of the ...


Grand Canyon

Since our last post we were still on our way to the Grand Canyon. Rest assured, we made it to the Grand Canyon after 42 hours on the road. Considering the Grand Canyon isn't exactly a metropolitan area, we did not have internet access in order to update ...


1/2 way there

We've made it almost half way to the Grand Canyon! Right now we're at a McDonalds in Illinois, less than 50 miles from St. Louis. At the rate we're going we expect to be in the Grand Canyon around 10 or 11 AM tomorrow. On our trip ...


And we’re off!!!!!!!!

In 15 minutes we will embark on our cross-country venture! The car is packed, and yes...everything fits. We're excited and a bit anxious about the 40 hour road trip ahead. It's going to be quite an adventure!!! Pray for our safety and sanity as we head ...


CCC-ers HIT THE ROAD!

Well, we're only a few days from being on our way to the Grand Canyon! Although the big GC is our primary destination, our travels will also take us to Albuquerque, Gallup, and Gamerco, New Mexico--where each of us will be interviewing various professionals. We want to take a second ...