Are we there yet? Yes!

We made it to Twin Falls!

We enjoyed a great weekend with Lindsay and Chris.

Lindsay had just been notified that she passed the Idaho Bar Exam and was offered a job that she’d applied for earlier. So, lots of happy, happy, joy, joy!

Something new – Huckleberry Ice Cream. It was yummy. You can buy a gallon of huckleberries for $75. I don’t think so.

For The Love Of Huckleberries: August Brings Out Hunters Of Elusive Fruit

Huckleberry Info

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And then a “tourist stop” for us tourists. This is a trail at the river – it’s beautiful.

Here’s a video of the Evil Knievel jump in 1974.

We also stopped at the Twin Falls Visitor Center.

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We brought Chris his Legos…
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It was a wonderful weekend – wish we could have spent more time but – we’ll be back!

Monday morning we left to head East. And now – we’re back on the Interstates and traveling more quickly. (Well, at least until today when we drove through snow!) We headed down to Wells, NV and then across Utah and into Wyoming.

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On the Interstate Highways

Thursday, September 14

It’s Sunday as I write this and tomorrow we’ll hit the roads – the interstate roads – and head to Overland Park, Ks to visit with Kyle.

But – meanwhile on Thursday the 14th, we spent some time in Idaho.
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Arco, ID was the first city in the world to be lighted by atomic energy on July 17, 1955. I was five years old!

After a delicious lunch at Pickle’s Place in Arco, we visited The Craters of Moon. Who knew such an awesome place was right here in the US? It’s beautiful.

The Craters of the Moon... (go check out the website – it’s amazing!)

That night we stayed in Blackfoot, ID.

Friday, September 15

On our way to Chris & Lindsay’s, we stopped at the Idaho Potato Museum. This was bigger and better than the Jell-O Museum! And seriously –  a whole lot of fun. Mr. Potato Heads and potato mashers and Spudniks!

Those are potato mashers on the top left.

Those are Mr. Potato Heads through the years on the top right.

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In Blackfoot…

Driving through Idaho to Twin Falls…

A rest area with Oregon Trail history.

Huge hay bales trucks – we thought these were potato trucks but they’re probably sugar  beets – and a wind turbine.

A stop for lunch in Burley, ID.

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Wyoming – more

Wednesday, September 13

The road went on – and on… and we arrived in Yellowstone. Having “done” the Yellowstone thing with the boys many years ago, our plan was to drive through, enjoy the views, maybe see some critters and then stay in West Yellowstone. One buffalo taking a snooze was about it for critters. We didn’t stop with the other hundred tourists to take photos.

Oh – and several years ago in Nevada – Moffett purchased the National Parks Lifetime Senior Pass for $10. The cost is now $80.
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It was a gorgeous day – still lots of tourists but probably not as bad as summer time traffic. We had lunch stuff and pulled over to make lunch next to a river stop with 2 picnic tables. Another couple drove up and sat at one table and while we stood there with our cooler at the car, another (younger) couple drove up and literally ran to the other table and set their stuff on it. Well! Luckily, the first couple’s wife came over and asked if we’d like to sit with them. Corrine and Paschal are from Zurich, Switzerland and we spent a delightful half hour eating and chatting with them. Luckily they spoke English cuz we weren’t going to do so hot if we had to unearth our French and German. They had planned to be in Montana but the smoke convinced them to change directions.
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Dinner at Bullwinkle’s in West Yellowstone – Met another couple who we enjoyed talking with during dinner. She even posed with Roady!

Our motel room had a nice table and chairs outside where we enjoyed drinks and the sunset. Although we think the sunset was enhanced by the smoke beginning to move in.

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A “bear proof” trash can near our room.

Our view from the motel’s b’fast room.
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Onward to Idaho!

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Wyoming

Tuesday, September 12

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Best Western in Lusk, WY. In the summer, the owner (guy on the right) fixes omelets outside in the chuckwagon for the hotel guests. Great place to stay and according to the owner, they are ranked as the second best breakfast in all the Best Westerns in the US. And although we didn’t get omelets – he had just cooked up the scrambled eggs.

 

National Historic Trails Interpretive Center – Casper, Wyoming
As the main point of convergence between the Oregon, Mormon, California and Pony Express trails, pioneer history and westward expansion is the story of Casper’s earliest days. Throughout the 1800s, hundreds of thousands of brave Americans passed through this area, and the NHTIC is the nation’s preeminent place to learn their stories through interactive exhibits, a powerful video and knowledgeable staff.

An absolutely fascinating stop. We had no idea it was here and just happened to see a sign and decided to stop. It was great!

The pictures on the linked site are MUCH better than mine –
The simulated ride across the river was fun – I posted the video on FB.

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IMG_0507Andy works here and agreed to pose with RJ/Roady – He’s originally from England.

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Driving through Wyoming – the vistas were stunning.

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Quality Inn in Thermopolis, WY. Amanda told us that the best burgers were just across the street at the gas station. So we had dinner at the gas station. Any yup, great burgers.

 

The view from the parking lot at the gas station / cafe.
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Next stop – Yellowstone.

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Nebraska…

Monday, September 11

We made it to Idaho this morning but – have to go back to Nebraska for some fun!

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We headed to O’Neill, Nebraska’s Irish Capital – sure… We didn’t even see a pub.
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But here’s the worst part. I had caught the cold from hell – actually from Moffett – and spent the day sleeping and with Puffs and Benadryl. Looking at Yelp – there weren’t a whole lot of hotel choices and we really wanted to try and do local when possible. One place had three WONDERFUL reviews and one – Oh My God don’t stay here review. I believed the three wonderful. BIG MISTAKE!!!

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One look at the room and we knew we were sunk but I really was too sick to travel any more – so we stayed. Snacked on cooler stuff, skipped dinner – Moffett watched football using closed captioning and I slept.

All better next morning – had a fabulous breakfast. I honestly think the chickens had to live in the back yard because the scrambled eggs tasted great. The thing below was parked outside the restaurant and we were clueless – should have gone over and asked the driver. Posted it on FB and a friend suggested that it’s part of a wind turbine. I think he’s right!
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On our way and GPS says 242 miles to Gold Rush Byway!
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We drove through the sandhills of Nebraska – beautiful.
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Took a short detour through a National Forest. (A National Forest in Nebraska is a whole lot different than other National Forests…)

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And so – onward to Wyoming!

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This is somewhere…

Friday, September 8 (Chiefs won the game last night.)

Last posted from Ohio – and since it seemed like we might be playing tourist just a tad too much, we attempted to make some better time. And we did. It’s really easy to do in Nebraska…

And of course, I thought of Neil Young’s song – Everybody Knows This is Nowhere.

IMG_0410 (1) copyOur morning view at Meredith & John’s

 

 

 

 

 

As we drove through Ohio, we stopped at Ft. Meigs. Nice museum with some interesting presentations.

Stopped for the night in Angola, IN and due to the hotel’s “free breakfast” being a total loss, we stopped here. Nice people and yummy breakfast.

Illinois was pretty. We chickened out of driving through Chicago on Route 20 – so did an interstate bypass and missed it. We’ll visit Chicago another time.

A lot of our drive through Illinois looked like this.
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Crossed the Mississippi River – and we’re in Iowa!
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Texas Roadhouse for dinner where we had a great waiter who was just oozing with personality and was fun! Love the cinnamon butter on the rolls.
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Best electric and USB hookups we’ve seen so far. Made it easy to recharge all the stuff! (Hampton Inn in Dubuque)
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North Fork & Eureka, Iowa. Corn, soybeans and wind turbines.
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Welcome to Nebraska! the good life
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Posting this in Lusk, Wyoming – so more to come, later.

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Still driving…

IMG_0416 (1) copyWe’re still on the road.
We’re still married (we’ve had moments…).
We’re still awed by the farms and the small towns and the views and the really nice people!

As we left Cleveland (I’d go back, neat city!), we stopped at The Christmas Story House and museum. Gary, our tour guide, was fabulous! A young couple was in our group and the young woman had never seen the movie. They sell the bunny pjs. I didn’t buy any for anybody. (You’re welcome!)

Really enjoyed visiting my Dalton cousin yesterday and her small army of furry family members. Meredith and John have adopted a whole bunch of rescue dogs. The dogs love them dearly and it was fun. I couldn’t do it but I admire them for rescuing these furry friends. And I’m sorry that some of you were offended that Roady was cheering for the Patriots. He lives in New England. He never lived in Kansas with us. Yay! Chiefs!!! for the win!

Stopped at Fort Meigs in Ohio today – it was really interesting and we both learned some stuff.

We hoped to make it as far as South Bend today. Stupid us! Notre Dame is playing Georgia tomorrow. There are no hotel rooms in South Bend – and they’re charging $500+ for regular old rooms. Holy s**t! So we’re in Angola – and apparently have lucked out with a great restaurant next door.

So – as Moffett said tonight, “In seven days we’ve gone 945 miles, none of it in a straight line.” If we’re going to get to Twin Falls by the end of the week, we just might have to jump on some interstates. Yuck! Oh well…

We’ll keep you posted! Thanks for reading about our trip!

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Cleveland!

Cleveland! Wow! What a nice place! Great people! Really pretty city!

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The hotel is awesome. We got lucky. We’re on the 15th floor and the view is sooooo nice. This was a bank – back in the old days – and I’m pretty sure the hardwood floors are original, and they’re gorgeous. The elevators are originals – small with “wonky” shapes.

Had a delicious dinner last night at a restaurant across the street – tater tots? I don’t eat tater tots. I would eat these every day. Good thing Cleveland is far away from us.

IMG_0347 copyAnd today we went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And I loved it! And Moffett even enjoyed it! I would go back if I’m ever here again. It was really, really cool.

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Rode the Green Trolley back and forth. Free trolleys that go all over with very helpful drivers. They made sure we got where we wanted to go. The trolleys are totally handicapped accessible and we watched our drivers go out of their way to pick up and drop off people with physical needs. It was nice.

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Tomorrow we’re off to visit The Christmas Story House & Museum.

And then – will travel just a little off our route to visit my cousin Meredith & her husband, John – and their many, many furry, rescued children –

And then we’re back to no real plans other than staying on Route 20 and heading west.historic 20 map

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There’s a Jell-O Museum?

We were very much looking forward to exploring the National Women’s Hall of Fame  and the “It’s a Wonderful Life” Museum in Seneca Falls, NY today – Didn’t happen. I never even thought about places being closed because of Labor Day.  We liked Seneca Falls enough that we’re thinking to make another trip and come back.

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Stayed at THE most delightful Hampton Inn last night. Every single staff person had personality and was just a pleasure to speak with. It was nice.

We visited the Seneca Falls Visitor Center and learned a whole lot. The info about pumps was fascinating! The digging of the canals… Stump removers… The first women admitted to the NY Bar… Lots of stuff…

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Our fun stop was the Jell-O Museum in Leroy, NY. Any mention of Bill C had been removed. Favorite? The wall of jello molds – I have two – both from Mom!
A few photos…

I have one of the small copper molds – and – I think I got rid of the tupperware one. We enjoyed our picnic lunch in the garden outside museum along with a chubby caterpillar.

Driving weather and scenery were great yesterday!

Dinner last night and onward toward Cleveland today.
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Where are we?

Before I begin, I have to say that we live in a gorgeous country! Driving through Vermont yesterday and New York today was really just amazing. I just keep saying, “Wow!”

Our stay in Albany was nice and dinner was delicious.

We had a fabulous dinner just a few blocks from our hotel/inn.

The Inn? Not that great – and we hadn’t even thought about the fact that we’d have to lug our stuff up stairs. We’d consolidated to one suitcase but – we still have baggage like Moffett’s cpap machine, my d-stuff, our computer stuff.

We have huge hopes that we’ll get better at the one suitcase thing as our trip rolls on.

Some observations…
The same look on people’s faces when we calmly say, “We’re driving to Idaho on Route 20.” I think they think we’re nuts.
There are lots and lots of sunflowers growing all over the state of New York.
There’s a whole lot of corn growing in NY.
Nothing like doing a “Road Trip” as gas prices go UP.
Holy Moly we drove through some of the very worst rain we’ve ever driven through – twice today. It wasn’t fun.

And – some photos…

IMG_0220Taken in the driveway – Saturday morning – We pulled out just a few minutes after our target time. Yay, us!

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Big Moose Deli & Country Store in Hoosick, NY.
Almost chose the RJ namers their tacky prizes here but –
I’m sure I’ll see more as we travel.

Dinner at the Savoy Taproom in Albany & leaving on a very rainy Sunday morning.

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Drove up and read the “Established 1950.” Moffett said, “So were we.”

And nope, didn’t buy any of the below. The purple belly button lint brush was tempting…
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IMG_0261A very long time ago, we visited Gail (one of the RJ namers) & Donnie’s cabin up in the woods in Virginia. They drove us around but – it was rainy and foggy – but Gail kept insisting that the views were great when there wasn’t any fog. As we drove through the fog today – Moffett said we should take a picture and send it to them. So we did.

Left Rt. 20 for awhile to go up to the Mohawk River. We wanted to do an Erie Canal thing but – didn’t find it in time. So drove back but wandered just a little. If you’re going to be just a little lost – it’s nice that the view is delightful.

IMG_0268The sun was out – not much – but it was appreciated!

Never got the “Welcome to New York sign.” Too much traffic as we passed it but. Here are two of the Route 20 signs.

And the adventure continues…

Tomorrow – Seneca Falls – lots to see – but Mondays are not good, so…

Trying to make sure we stay someplace on Thursday
where we can watch the Patriots and the Chiefs!

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