Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
We went to Pike Place market, ate some dungeness crab, caught a Mariners game, took the ferry to Bainbridge and back and are getting ready to catch up with one of Michael's med school friends south of the city.
I don't know if it is the pacific time zone or just 12 days on the road...but I am exhausted today (despite two cups of coffee). Am hoping for more energy tomorrow.
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Saturday, August 29, 2009
Then we went kayaking and I LOVED it; now I want to buy some for our river house.
Happy weekend everyone!
Friday, August 28, 2009
We were going to head to Missoula for the Big Sky brewery, but decided it was a bit too far out of the way.
So instead we took some back roads up to Glacier and passed a 'vegetables for sale' sign inm the middle of nowhere, and I mean NOWHERE. After reading 'Animal,
Vegetable, Miracle', Michael insisted we stop in. Whoa. Little did we know we'd stumbled into a Hutterite colony (an Amish sect) called the Milford Colony. Very strange place, but we did get a lot of veggies and fruits for a grand total of $8.
We got into Glacier last night around 6:30, saw an actual glacier (that they expect to disappear by 2030) and some incredible vistas. As a sidenote, I had no idea that I had any level of fear of heights until riding along the Going-to-the-Sun road in the eastern side of the park. We drove midway through the park and camped for the night.
This morning we made a skamper breakfast and then took our coffee and went on the Trail of the Cedars...which was a red cedar forest straight out of a fairy tale or movie.
Hopped back in the car, stopped at a roadside stand to buy some huckleberries to snack on (which taste like a combination of cranberries and blueberries), and now we are on the way to Hope, Idaho to stay with some friends for the night.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Last night was the first time we stayed at a campground (Buffalo Bill State Park) with 'vaulted toilets.' which are basically toilet seats positioned over a deep, uh, cess pool. I was not a fan, so I am hoping not to encounter those again! The park itself was pretty though...right on a reservoir.
Today we ventured into Yellowstone. We saw Old Faithful erupt, walked around to see the lesser known geysers and things, then because we wlked right past it on the way back to the skamper, saw O.F. Erupt for a second time.
We also saw waterfalls, gurgling mud ponds, elk, a marmot, and a crap ton of bison (some of them from a VERY close range).
I heard from a couple sources that Glacier National Park is even prettier...that is up next...after potential brief detours through Bozeman (to maybe catch up with a friend from elementary school) and Missoula, MT (for Moose Drool beer).
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
We enterted into Wyoming today...not very pretty at the outset. Very brown and empty. Ate elk for lunch in Buffalo, WY. Right after lunch the check engine light came on. We are hoping it is just an emissions thing or simply due to altitude...but I have resigned myself to the fact that we are going to break down at some point...it is just a matter of when.
Wyoming got much prettier about halfway through (near Ten Sleep Canyon)...so much so that we stopped for two roadside pictures almost back-to-back. (we won't be able to share any pix until we get access to a computer, or maybe even until we get back).
We are headed to Cody, WY to camp for the night just outside Yellowstone.
Monday, August 24, 2009
This morning we headed out to see the Corn Palace (www.cornpalace.com) and procured a shiny, sparkly bumper sticker for the back of the skamper. Apparently the Corn Palace doubles as a gymnasium / concert hall, but above all it is a tourist-attraction-building that is decorated in a different way each year (since 1892) with murals made of corn. I only wonder how they keep pests away...
Stopped in at a rest stop on the Missouri River where Lewis and Clark camped.
Then headed for a drive through the Badlands National Park, which was really cool. On the way out we stopped at Wall Drug (which is basically South dakota's 'South of the Border'). We bought nothing but a buffalo burger and a couple of beers.
Now we are back in the car and headed for Mt. Rushmore and Custer National Park to camp for the night.
Hope everyone had a good Monday!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
DON"T KNOW WHY MY KEYBOARD IS REFUSING TO TURN OFF CAPS LOCK> SORRY> MET UP WITH SOME FRIENDS IN OMAHA< NOW BACK ON THE ROAD> STRANGE THE RANDOM CONNECTIONS YOU MAKE ALONG THE WAY> WE"RE NOW AT THE COFFEE POT CAFE IN FREMONT NE> OUR WAITRESS IS MISSING AT LEAST HALF HER TEETH> FOR SOME REASON THIS COMFORTS ME> WE"RE HEADING DUE NORTH TO SD: NEXT DESTINATION IS THE CORN PALACE IN MITCHELL SD. Huh. Now it's working, but I'm not going to retype everything. Nebraska really does have a lot of corn. I'm going to really have to remember to gas up well before I need it. Stations are getting far apart. Also have seen that the mid-grad gas is 10 cents cheaper than regular. At first I thought it was a mistake, but I've been seeing it consistently. I'm not sure what to make of it, but I'm pretty sure it's a conspiracy, and/or an Obama subsidy of some sort.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Oh, and they also had a big fireworks display after the game, so we got to see that, too.
After the game we went to a little hole in the wall bar (Harvey's) and chatted with some local folks. The bartender gave us a 'welcome to Kansas City' shot...which ended up feeling like a big mistake come this morning.
Then we went off to the skamper (parked at the local supercenter Walmart) to go to sleep. As an aside, it is odd and uncomfortable when people ask 'where are you staying?' and you have to respond with 'at the walmart'. I bet they all think we are broke.
This morning, we had a 'trailer cooked' breakfast of scrambled eggs and hash browns and are now off to see some museums dowtown and eat some famous Kansas City BBQ.
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Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
the superwalmart in prestonsburg, KY. Unfortunately, google misled us, and
said walmart did not seem to exist. After cursing, we set up the skamper in
the parking lot of a super walmart in paintersville @ about midnight. This
morning we had our first mishap, as one of the skamper's anchors tried to
assert its independence from the truck. A solution was found, though who
knows for how long. Our schedule was disrupted when we found out that the
reds game started @ 12pm instead of 7. So instead we drove promptly to a
bourbon distillary. Now we may be off to st louis tonight to catch up with
friends, and maybe kc tomorrow for ribs and a royals game. We press on...
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Don't forget that it pops up, though! Here are some more pix to get an inside look at our traveling digs...