We rented a Toyota Prius Hybrid and drove that baby over 6000 miles across America.
We started our vacation on 6/11 and our first stop was
Lake Havasu City to see the . We ate lunch there and then drove to Hoover
Dam. From there we went to London Bridge Las Vegas and stayed the
night. We stayed at Excalibur which
Nathan loved because it looks like a big castle. We went for a gondola ride at the Venetian,
ate dinner at the Harley Davidson Cafe and we saw the fountain at
The next day we headed to Utah Olympic Park in
where Paul rode the
bobsled and we all did the alpine slide.
Driving to Park
that day we got in a horrible dust storm.
We saw a bunch of tumbleweed flying in the road and a little drizzle and
then out of nowhere the dust hit and we could not see a thing. We quickly got to the side of the road along
with other cars and trucks and it was a miracle that none of us hit each
other. That night we stopped at the , but they were
closed. We just took pictures in front
of it. That night we got the
Presidential suite in Idaho Potato
Museum Idaho Falls
so that I could soak in the whirlpool tub.
They gave us a discount on the room, but even though we still paid a
pretty penny for it, it was worth it because it finally got rid of my bodyaches
that I had for days after getting a painful massage.
On 6/13, we headed to
. We saw a lot of moose which I had never seen
in person before, including a baby and one adult that got pretty close to us
near a visitor's center. I really
enjoyed the Grand Tetons and the snow capped mountains were just
beautiful. Next we drove to Grand Teton National Park Yellowstone. One
of the first of many animals we saw was a mother and baby elk. We saw Old Faithful
before heading out of the park for the night.
We returned to
Yellowstone the next
day. We saw lots of buffalo, geysers,
waterfalls, and wildflowers. We saw a
bear and some crazy people who were getting too close for comfort to take
pictures of it. On the way back to our
hotel that night we saw a fox. I think
that is the first time I had ever seen a fox in the wild.
On 6/15, we started the day at
Grizzly & Wolf Discovery
Center just outside Yellowstone. From there we headed back to Yellowstone for the day.
On 6/16, we headed to Devil’s
. We saw deer, ram and prairie dogs. We also made a stop at Montana Grizzly
Encounter. During our travels that day
we saw pronghorn sheep, too. That night
we stayed in Deadwood, SD. Tower
The next day we headed to Sturgis stopping at the Harley Shop there. Then we went to Bear Country USA, a drive thru wildlife park similar to Bearizona in
After Bear Country USA, we headed to Mount Rushmore. After Mount Rushmore, we drove through the Badlands. That
night we drove through a horrible thunderstorm on the way to Sioux Falls.
It was so scary we had to stop under some bridges to wait it out a bit,
but then we decided to go on.
The next morning we visited the
before heading out of town. We drove
through Iowa stopping
at a cave that Paul and Nathan went in.
I opted out because there were 250 stairs and caves do not really thrill
me. We ate dinner at Fried Green
Tomatoes in Galena, IL
before heading to Rockford
for the night.
The next day we met grandma and grandpa Hoehn at the
in . We ate dinner at Stir Crazy! We stayed the night in Union, IL Bolingbrook
with Paul’s sister Tracy.
The next day we visited with Paul’s brother and his family before heading to my grandma’s for the night.
6/21 we went to Brookfield Zoo and spent the day with Paul’s sister Lisa and her family.
6/22 we met grandma and grandpa Hoehn in South Haven, MI. Nathan loved playing at the beach. That night we drove to Grand Haven to see the lighted musical fountain. I was excited because I figured out some settings on my camera to actually get decent shots of it. Usually I am terrible at night shots.
6/23 we went to Lincoln Park Zoo. We met grandma and grandpa Hoehn and Carol at Uncle Julio's in Orland Park for dinner. Paul and I used to eat at the Uncle Julio's in the northern suburbs back when we worked in that area. This one was just as good!
6/24 we started our trip back to
Tucson. We stopped at the World’s Largest Truck Stop
in Iowa and we got to see the covered bridges
in . We had lunch in Madison County . Omaha, Nebraska
6/25 we drove to
and went to a Rockies/Cardinals game. We
stayed the night in Denver
and the next day we went to the Wild Animal Sanctuary and then to the Cheyenne
6/27 we went to Garden of the gods and then drove up to Pike’s Peak in
Colorado Springs. Then we went to hoping to “kiss a
wolf”. The tour was booked and we did
not have a lot of time to wait around for the next one. However, I got to interact with foxes! Nathan was too young to go in with the foxes
so I got to feed them and get close to them.
They took a lot of pictures of me and gave me a photo CD. It was a very cool experience. Colorado Wolf & Wildlife
6/28 we went to
. I did not know what I was getting myself into
when we started the hike to Delicate Arch.
It was a strenuous 1.5 mile uphill hike in 90+ temps. It was depressing to see people heavier and/or older than myself hiking it while I was about to die. I made it, though, and I stood under the
arch. After Arches National Park Arches
National Park we drove through part of the . It was getting late so we started driving
toward Page, AZ. We stayed the night in
Page and did the upper Canyonlands tour in the
morning. Then we made the drive home and
arrived last night. Antelope
So we got to see a lot of animals and wildflowers this trip which exited me. Nathan got to play in snow and at the beach all in one trip. This was a very busy vacation so there was no time for relaxing. I need a vacation from my vacation! Instead, I have to unpack everything, do a million loads of laundry, get groceries, pay bills, go through mail, check my email and Facebook, go through 3000+ pictures, etc....