Thermopolis, Wyoming and Hot Springs State Park

When I initially planned The Great Roadtrip, Thermopolis, WY was not on the list of destinations. As a matter of fact, I expected to drive down from South Dakota to Colorado and Utah. However, once I got to Iowa, I knew I needed to make some changes to my route. I learned on that first legContinue reading “Thermopolis, Wyoming and Hot Springs State Park”

Pausing for Cunningham Falls

I’m taking a break in my journaling of the Great Road Trip to talk about a more recent adventure. 2018 started out in the middle of nearly 3 weeks of subfreezing temperatures in the Mid-Atlantic, a place that generally has mild winters. To top it off, I started 2018 with a massive cold (maybe theContinue reading “Pausing for Cunningham Falls”

Jo-Bawb’s and Bighorns

August 30th was a relatively uneventful day. Thermopolis was a two-day drive, so I set out from the Blue Bell Campground to make my way into Wyoming. I stopped at a Walmart in Gillette, WY to buy a 14″ charcoal grill to replace the propane grill I’d all but given up on. Thanks to myContinue reading “Jo-Bawb’s and Bighorns”

Black Hills National Forest, Presidents and Lakota

I could have stayed in the Badlands, exploring, for days, but on the morning of August 29th I set out on the scenic route to the Black Hills National Forest, home to Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and Wind Cave. Two hours later I arrived at my first stop. Mount Rushmore was put on the agendaContinue reading “Black Hills National Forest, Presidents and Lakota”

Welcome to South Dakota

On August 27th I crossed into South Dakota. I made it through what people described as the most tedious part of my drive. Iowa is very flat, and the roads are very straight. After excessively exceeding the speed limit a couple times, I learned how to use my cruise control in Iowa. My first stopContinue reading “Welcome to South Dakota”

If You Build It, They Will Come

On August 25th, I crossed the Mississippi River in Dubuque, Iowa. It was such a milestone for me as a new driver, and someone on a road trip, I fired up the dashboard camera and captured a video of me driving across. My first stop for the day was the Field of Dreams Movie SiteContinue reading “If You Build It, They Will Come”

So Much Fame, All in One Day

When I was just about done planning my trip, I started seeing promos for the Hall of Fame game on the NFL channel. For anyone who doesn’t know me, football is life. In my planning, I included a trip to the LA Coliseum to watch my Redskins play the LA Rams. But when I sawContinue reading “So Much Fame, All in One Day”

Where the Ducks Walk on the Fish

I’ve been home a few days now, and I realize the last time I wrote anything I was on the west coast. I have stories from my trek across I-40 back east, but today I want to tell you about the very first lesson I learned. Listen to the Locals Rest assured, this is notContinue reading “Where the Ducks Walk on the Fish”