After two years of prep, we finally hit the road on November 29, 2016. Our initial route took us to the Oregon Coast; down Central Oregon and California; and to the National Parks and Monuments of Yosemite, Zion, Bryce, Glen Canyon, and Canyon de Chelly. In Springfield, Oregon, we were able to stay with our friends John and Nancy. An unexpected bonus was the day we spent in the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada, its largest state park with exceptional history (see the petroglyphs) and red rock. From Canyon de Chelly we visited our friends Betul and Billy in Albuquerque and booked it east through Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri, arriving back in St. Louis for Christmas.