On a warming spring-into-summer weekend we traded the southern California flatlands for the Arizona desert. we pulled over to wait out a dust storm that surely could have stripped our car of paint. we slowed our drive to let a rolling thunderstorm pass ahead of us. and we trekked over our first ‘mountains’ with our slow car / fast home.

Our destination was Arcosanti, a place we’d heard about for years. While we were there, we happened to cross paths with Elizabeth (of The Littlest) and her two daughters, also on a road trip across the southwest. We crisscrossed each others paths and shared in adventure along the way — and even shot a little editorial for Clif Bar Kids in Sedona.