21 September 2010

no room at the inn

This weekend, Me&Ry went to Arizona!
Ryan's little sister was baptized!
We were so excited for this special event that we just had to be there.

Well, we had a little adventure during our travels.

You see, it all started Wednesday. 
We wanted to take off after school and go to Vegas.  Breaking up the long trip makes it seem a lot shorter and easier.  We planned to leave around 5:00 after my class and quiz.  Well, Ryan got called into work at the last second and didn't get off until 8:15.
So, by the time we finished packing and loading up, plus filling up with gas and food it was 9:30 p.m.
In hindsight, it was a little late to start a roadtrip, lesson learned.

About two hours into the trip we realized how truly dead tired we were.
Monday-Wednesday are our busiest days.  By Thursday we are so drained.
Ryan smartly suggested that we just stop at a motel for the night.  Las Vegas was feeling really far away at this point.  So we turned onto highway 20 and headed toward Kanab.  
To be honest, I didn't really want to spend money on a cheap motel room, but how expensive could it be anyway?

At this point we were doing everything in our power to keep each other awake.  Seriously? Two hours into the drive? We turned on some upbeat music (Ryan's choice of course) and just kept talking.  Making it to Kanab would take a miracle.

As we rolled into Panguitch, I noticed something strange.  Every motel along the highway had their "NO VACANCY" signs lit up.  On a Wednesday night?  Normally I wouldn't even notice, but I was anticipating finding a room of our own for the night.
Even Orderville appeared to be full.  No motel rooms to be found and the streets were full of cars.

Well, we finally made it to Kanab.  We were extremely tired and ready to pass out in the nearest bed.   
So, we settled on the first place we saw.  The Best Western "Red Hills." Ryan went inside armed to negotiate for a cheap room but came out shaking his head.  "no vacancy."  Hmm that's a little odd. On to the next place.  The Holiday Inn: "no vacancy."  The Comfort Inn: "no vacancy."  Even the Treasure Trail Motel was full.  There was not one open room in the entire town of Kanab.

So we started calling places in Page, AZ.  The lady on the phone informed me that the Best Western "Lake Powell Inn" might have a room for us for $129.99
Excuse me?
Even if we could make it to Page, I was not going to pay that much money for a gross old smelly room.  Not.  Happening.

So, we found the safest spot we possibly could.  That just so happened to be parked between two big cars in the Holiday Inn parking lot.

There was too much junk in the back of our car to make a bed back there, so we just laid the seats back and tried to get a little shut eye.  Luckily we had two blankets, but only one pillow.  So we put the pillow in between us and shared it the whole night.

I was a little nervous about the whole situation.  It was hard to wrap my head around the fact that we were actually going to sleep in our car.  We said a good prayer, but I was a little shaken up and I had a hard time getting to sleep.  I wouldn't even let Ryan roll my window down for fear that a crazy gunman could "get me" through the tiny crack.

So at 2:00 a.m. we settled in to catch a few Zzz's.  Ryan planned on waking up in a few hours to keep driving.

The next thing I knew, it was morning! The sun was shining and the hustle and bustle of Kanab was going on right outside our Subaru.

I looked at the clock and it was 8:00 a.m.

We seriously just slept for six straight hours in the front seat of our car.
Never in my life did I think I would ever be homeless in Kanab.

Luckily we survived the night and made it to Arizona by 1:00.

Lessons learned:
don't start a roadtrip late at night
motel rooms are actually kind of expensive
if Me&Ry only had one pillow for the rest of our lives, we could totally make it work
living out of your car would suck

It was definitely a night to remember! And one our backs would prefer not to repeat.


  1. Oh my gosh! Nate and I had a similar experience last time we came up from Vegas. The tiredness just hit us, hard! And we had to sleep in our car for a few hours...except we slept at a gas station! Seriously so creepy. But we were obviously exhausted cuz it only took about two minutes for us to crash. Anyways, glad you made it safely. :)

  2. Hilarious story! I wish I heard it straight from your mouths while you were here...but it was sure funny reading it!!! We (me, Chris, and all the kids) all slept in our Suburban in a parking lot in Idaho once trying to get to's freaky! The road was closed due to a really bad snow storm and we were stupid and trying to drive at night time too. Chris set his alarm to wake him up every hour to heat the car up and check on everyone cuz he was so freaked...The weird things we do!!