Category: Travel

  • Yellowstone on Labor Day Weekend

    Yellowstone on Labor Day Weekend

    I woke up the morning of September 3rd to my first chilly morning. It was 50 degrees when I woke up, and I was delighted to have packed warm sleepwear. On the day’s agenda was a drive back through the Grand Tetons into Yellowstone to see Old Faithful. When you’ve been on the road for […]

  • Thermopolis, Wyoming and Hot Springs State Park

    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. On that first leg of the […]

  • Pausing for Cunningham Falls

    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 the […]

  • Jo-Bawb’s and Bighorns

    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 my […]

  • Black Hills National Forest, Presidents and Lakota

    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 agenda […]

  • Welcome to South Dakota

    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 stop […]

  • If You Build It, They Will Come

    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 Site […]

  • So long, Frank Lloyd Wright

    So long, Frank Lloyd Wright

    Oak Park is the home to the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright designed houses and buildings.

  • So Many Beautiful Cars

    So Many Beautiful Cars

    I woke up the morning of August 23rd at the Sandusky / Bay Shore KOA. I drove over to Cedar Point, not realizing it was a theme park. Research, before you visit a place, is very important! I spent $20 to access the parking lot, look at the theme park, and drive away. A few […]

  • So Much Fame, All in One Day

    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 saw […]