Sunday, June 22, 2014

Roadtrip 2014 Week 2

June 14- We woke up to the sound of snow on the tent...and it was COLD!  We shivered our way through some hot cocoa and then headed over to the Yellowstone Canyon visitor's center to see the museum and attend a ranger's talk so that the kids could get their junior ranger badges.  At that point, the sun had started to come out, but more snow was clearly on the way.  We decided that this was VACATION, not Survivor, so we opted to pack up camp a day early and drive to Idaho Falls.  A hotel would be nice and warm, and then we could say that we had OFFICIALLY visited Idaho, having spent the night there.  
Yes, that is snow!

She did a lot of this- we have excellent car travelers!

June 15- Father's Day!  Of course, we started the day with a swim in the pool, before heading out to the Tautphaus Park Zoo in Idaho Falls.  It was a wonderful little zoo...very small, but with tons of great animals up quite close.  Then we hit the road for Salt Lake City, where we stayed in a nice house that we rented through Air BNB.  We all snuggled up and had a movie night.

We got to see lions this close- no zoom lens here!

June 16- We started off the day with a trip into Salt Lake City to see the Temple grounds.  They were very beautiful and well maintained.  After heading home for naps, we decided to visit the Discovery Museum, which was a huge hit with the kids.  We wandered around the outdoor mall nearby and played in some fountains near a 2002 Olympic plaque, and then finished the day with some dinner.

June 17- Headed over to "This is the Place" Heritage Park, located on the spot where Brigham Young apparently announced that they had found the right spot to settle.  It is a historical village with working blacksmith, printing presses, leather work, etc.  The kids got to make rag dolls, button yo-yos, try out the printing press, see some Native American dancing, tour old homes, and best of all...taste some fresh donuts.  We didn't mind the rain too much.  After naps, we drove out to the Great Salt Lake Marina so that we could see the Great Salt Lake.  It was...salty!  In the evening we got together with our dear friends Sean and Emily and their little Eloise.  It was great to see them.

The Great Salt Lake

June 18- No pictures this day, I guess.  Drove from Salt Lake City to Fort Collins, CO to see my Aunt LeAnne and Uncle Kevin and their beautiful home.

June 19- Had a wonderful day in Fort Collins.  Hit the neighborhood beach in the morning.  After naps, we headed out for some ice cream at the infamous Walrus, and then played some of the outdoor pianos and got a touch wet in the jumping fountains.  Dinner was delicious tacos and was followed by another trip down to the beach before bedtime.

The Walrus!


Not so dry!

Every city should have pianos sitting around to be played!

Making friends with Herb the dachshund

June 20- Not much to say about today...782 miles until the next turn!
We did this over two days...we're not that crazy!

June 21- Woke up and took a quick swim at the hotel before hitting the road for home.  Stopped in Bettendorf at the Family Museum for a bit of playtime and a stretch before finishing off the trip.  We were welcomed back into Illinois by a big rainbow (apparently we arrived home just after a nasty storm!)  It was an awesome trip, and we all decided we would turn right around and do it again...if someone else would pack the car and do the laundry.  All said, we traveled 3, 924 miles, saw 11 states and made a lot of great memories!

Can you see the rainbow?
Giggly travelers ready to get home!

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