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Out West Trip

grand canyon - 1 jun 2011

epic trip out west – summer 2011

Yikes! When we got home from our epic trip last year, I decided to rearrange all my blogs and then we moved. And then I never created a post linking to all my posts about our super amazing trip. Looking back on all these posts, I can’t believe all that we saw, learned and did on our trip!! I sure wish we could do another one like it this summer, but I fear that it […]

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Out West Trip, photo friday

new mexico - 25 may 2011

Photo Friday : Dusty Roads (Georgetown, TX > Carlsbad, NM)

On Day Four of our “epic trip out west“, we drove 499 miles, but only one of them on interstate highways! Driving the smaller roads from central Texas to southwest New Mexico, we saw dirt. Lots and lots of dirt. Usually the dirt was on the ground, but quite often it would be whipped up into almost blinding sandstorms. Welcome to the southwest! After a day on the long, dusty highways, it felt great to […]

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Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Out West Trip, photo friday, Texas

largest chair - 22 may 2011

Photo Friday: Roadside America (I-20 ATL > TX)

Just a few days before our “epic trip out west“, I was daydreaming about all the “Great American Sights” we were planning to see – Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite. But that wasn’t enough. What about the “quirkier side” of this crazy country? A very short search (we were running out of time) later, I settled on *gasp* purchasing a one-year subscription to the Roadside America application for my phone. Not only do I rarely purchase […]

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Out West Trip, photo friday

reakfast at KOA - 26 may 2011

Photo Friday: Evie

I can’t believe we did it. We lived in Evie, our PopTop EuroVan, for 38 days. She traveled almost 10,000 miles across 22 states. We traveled and camped almost the entire trip, visiting Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and a million other great sights. Evie is taking a little break this week, but we are all looking forward to our next adventure with Evie! This is an entry for Delicious Baby’s Photo Friday.

by × 1 July, 2011 × 1 comment

Kentucky, Out West Trip, Tennessee

in evie - 28 jun 2011

Out West Trip: Day 38 (Cadiz, KY to HOME)

Today’s highlights: HOME! I worked in the motel room in the morning while Rob and the girls went to get some breakfast. After we left the motel, we stopped at a Starbucks to get some real coffee. And then drove and drove, getting home around 4pm. Home! Trip Stats: Roadside Attractions: None. (Total: 29) States: Kentucky. Tennessee. Georgia. (Total: 22 – GA, AL, MS, LA, TX, NM, AZ, UT, CO, CA, NV, WY, ID, MT, […]

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Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Out West Trip

iowa flooding - 27 jun 2011

Out West Trip: Day 37 (Onawa, IA to Cadiz, KY)

Today’s highlights: Entering MO through the back door due to the flooding in IA. Buffet lunch in small town MO. Getting closer to home. After a quick (not vey good) breakfast at the Super 8, we headed south on I-29. The flooding was quite visible; sandbags on the highway were holding back the water. We had to take a detour around Omaha and managed to find a Starbucks – I really needed the coffee after […]

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Iowa, Minnesota, Out West Trip, South Dakota

corn palace - 26 jun 2011

Out West Trip: Day 36 (Custer State Park, SD to Onawa, IA)

Today’s highlights: Eating pie at Wall Drug. Cob-shaped popcorn balls from the Corn Palace. A short detour to visit MN. After some coffee and chatting with our friends, we packed up the car and headed out. As we headed east, our first stop was at Wall Drug. Chloe asked what was special about Wall Drug and I told her its signs. She walked in and asked “Where are all the signs?” Oops. We had lunch […]

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Friends and Family, Out West Trip, South Dakota

custer sp - 25 jun 2011

Out West Trip: Day 35 (Custer State Park, SD)

Today’s highlights: Hanging out with friends. Horseback riding. More game playing. We had a nice breakfast in the campground. Since the only open spots for the horseback riding were at 2:30, we decided to change our plans and stay another night camping. We had to pack up to change campgrounds, though. We went to the lake, where the girls swam and played in the sand for a couple hours. We had sandwiches at the cars […]

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Out West Trip, South Dakota, Wyoming

mount rushmore - 24 jun 2011

Out West Trip: Day 34 (Devil’s Tower, WY to Custer State Park, SD)

Today’s highlights: Standing in the World’s Largest Log Chair. Visiting Mount Rushmore. Driving the Iron Mountain Road. camping with friends at Custer State Park. We woke up slowly and started to pack up. We decided to eat breakfast at the KOA cafe, but it ended up being quite expensive for a very mediocre meal and terrible coffee. We finally headed out a bit after 10 and made our way to the highway and then into […]

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Out West Trip, Wyoming

Out West Trip: Day 33 (Thermopolis, WY to Devil’s Tower, WY)

Out West Trip: Day 33 (Thermopolis, WY to Devil’s Tower, WY)

Today’s highlights: Swimming in the World’s Largest Swimming Pool. Eating at the Utter Cafe in Buffalo, WY. Watching “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” in the shadow of Devil’s Tower. I woke early to attend my conference call, but could not connect, so I went back to sleep for a while. Camille got up early and took a shower, then we worked on packing up. After coffee and hot chocolate, we headed out of Thermopolis. […]

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Out West Trip, Wyoming

thermopolis - 22 jun 2011

Out West Trip: Day 32 (Jackson, WY to Thermopolis, WY)

Today’s highlights: Another bison traffic jam. Our final Continental Divide crossing. Ordering food via red telephone from our booth. Swimming in the hot springs in Thermopolis. I woke at 5:30 to try to connect to my conference call, but could get neither a wifi nor a mobile hone signal. Grrr. Up so early, I worked on my photos and recaps of the previous two days, then got the rest of the family out of their […]

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Montana, Out West Trip, Wyoming

yellowstone - 21 jun 2011

Out West Trip: Day 31 (Red Lodge, MT to Jackson, WY)

Today’s Highlights: A summer solstice snowball fight. Seeing a bear. Getting stuck in a bison induced traffic jam. Picking up Evie. I got up early for a conference call, then we started getting ready to go. It took a bit longer than hoped, but we were headed out of Red Lodge by 10am. We drove up and up Beartooth Pass until we were surrounded by cliffs of snow. We got out of the car at […]

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Montana, Out West Trip

red lodge - 20 jun 2011

Out West Trip: Day 30 (Red Lodge, MT)

Today’s Highlights: Catching up. Chloe rafting and jumping off a big cliff. Spotting a faun. I got up pretty early and started on my massive to-do list. Four weeks without reliable internet has been difficult, and I’ve fallen behind in email, blogs, website updates and all the rest. I spent 8 hours straight taking care of things for both my own tasks and things for work, as well as organizing all of our travel bags. […]

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Montana, Out West Trip

red lodge, mt - 19 jun 2011

Out West Trip: Day 29 (Red Lodge, MT)

Today’s Highlights: Lazy day. A walk into town. Red Lodge Pizza. A bookstore. A candy store. An episode of Doctor Who. Early to bed. Having been so sleep deprived, it is no surprise that we managed to sleep in past 11. Rob went out to get coffee, and the girls played games. We walked into town, stopping first at the playground. We had a late lunch at the Red Lodge Pizza Company; yum. On the […]

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Montana, Out West Trip, Wyoming

prismatic spring - 18 jun 2011

Out West Trip: Day 28 (Jackson, WY to Red Lodge, MT)

Today’s Highlights: Watching Old Faithful erupt. Seeing bears, bison and elk. Marveling over springs, geysers, terraces and more. Beds with sheets and indoor plumbing. We woke early and packed up. From the Kamping Kabin, we went into town to grab bagels and coffee to go, then made our way to Grand Teton National Park. After a brief visit to the visitor’s center, we continued north through the park and on into Yellowstone. Since we will […]

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