We made it through the first leg of our trip – Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska. We rolled into Sheridan, WY late and set up camp in the dark. For our wedding we registered at REI. We always imagined that we would back pack our way around the world. Then we had children, and we imagined that we would car camp around the world. Then they got cold. So we got a pop up camper. Not at all something we pictured ourselves in on our wedding day. Yet, here we are traveling the country. Back to Sheridan, we camped in a KOA. First timers. We cooked outside by ourselves, while everyone else in that place lit up their rigs and fired up their generators. I’m a person who has learned never to say never. Just consider my mind totally blown.
We chose this crazy rinky dink route around Grand Teton and Yellowstone because of driving time…and also one of the kids was dying to see Devil’s Tower National Monument. So, we said goodbye to Sheridan and made our way to North Eastern Wyoming. Devil’s Tower is spectacular. We used our expeditionary learning skills to explore a new to us place. We observed the “tower”, we wondered how it was formed and then we learned as much as anyone can in a few short hours. We hiked and thought about Mr. Doug and the belay contract as we heard real life climbers yelling, “On Belay. Belay On.”
That night we slept in the Black Hills of South Dakota, which led to the Mammoth Excavation site in Hot Springs. Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska. Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse in Paxton, Nebraska. And a real bed in North Platte. We budgeted for a hotel/ motel stay every third day so we can shower, launder and shop. We took Hwy 34 that runs north of I-80 all the way to Malcolm, Nebraska and Aunt Bonnie. You really see a lot more on the less traveled road. And more tractors. And corn.