Monthly Archives: July 2015

Today’s the Day!

Today’s the Day!

We have to be in Utah by 1:00 to meet the movers that are unloading the U-Haul.  We also have a suburban to pick up from Enterprise in Orem.  We are on the road early.  We had a great stay at the Double Tree, the staff were super friendly and our room was comfortable and Jonas really enjoyed the saline pool.

We greet the sun at a scenic overlook in Utah. Jonas is a rock climber and a lizard finder and is grateful for an Outdoor Learning Center!

Utah!

Utah!

The movers were great!  Everything was unloaded, we had a suburban for the week and we got rid of the U-haul! It was time to visit the Great Salt Lake.

Jonas got this close and went yuck!

Something Stinks!

Something Stinks!

and

There is a layer of flies!

There is a layer of flies!

That’s exactly what he said before he ran back to play in the sand. We found out that they were brine flies and they don’t bother people.

The Great Salt Lake

The Great Salt Lake

We learned a lot about the lake and enjoyed watching the couple next to us open up their raft to go fishing.

It’s been a long day and we are getting hungry.  We have been hearing a lot about the Red Iguana in Salt Lake City and we are ready for some Mexican Food.  As a general rule we don’t eat a lot of Mexican food outside Texas because we are kind of snobby that way but if Julie is going to live in Utah we need to find some place that has good Mexican food! We beat the crowd and get a great waiter to help us with the menu.  He brings out a plate for us to try all the different Mole they offer.  This is what I have:

HUEVOS MOTULENOS

Our succulent pork carnitas smothered with our spicy mole Amarillo and melted jack cheese, topped with 2 poached eggs and 2 strips of crisp bacon, garnished in a crown of flour tortilla chips, served with a side of Spanish rice and refried beans.

There was so much of it that I really needed Bob to help eat it! I thought the food was delicious. Check it out if you are in town.

See ya!

Lynda

 

 

If I were I pioneer I would have stopped in Denver . . .

If I were I pioneer I would have stopped in Denver . . .

I couldn’t have gone through those mountains in a wagon.  I was worried enough in a Jetta and a moving van! But there is nothing like getting up early and setting your GPS for your next destination which is Grand Junction, Colorado.

Here we go.I 70 in Colorado

 

I did a little research about the drive on I-70 through Colorado and learned about the tunnels.  The Eisenhower Tunnel is pretty impressive at 11,155 feet it is the highest vehicle tunnel in the world!

Eisenhower Tunnel

Inside the Tunnel

Inside the Tunnel

Katy is driving the car with Jonas and I in the passenger seats.  Amy is driving the U-haul truck with Julie riding shotgun.  It was a curvy steep road at times but we made it and saw some beautiful places in the mean time.

The Summit

The Summit

Eagle River

Eagle River

 

At this point we agree to stop as needed and catch up with the other vehicle.  Katy, Jonas and I stop at a lovely park James M. Robb Colorado River State Park and Jonas wants to get into the water with Katy and catch some fish.

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We reach Grand Junction and are staying at the Double Tree with a beautiful view of the Grand Mesa.  We are tired and ready to get to Utah.

The Golden Road!

The Golden Road!

Kansas is golden, especially when wheat is doing well.  I looked it up and Kanas is the largest wheat producing state in the US.  It’s the breadbasket of the world!  It was on the Golden Road (I-70) that Katy realized that the Peterson Brothers lived in Kansas and why didn’t we check out where they lived.  I didn’t even think of that when I was making the plans and it was too late we passed them up!  She was not happy.

Our  only stop in Kansas after we left Hays was to see the World’s Largest Easel in Goodland.  It was pretty impressive.

World's Largest Easel

World’s Largest Easel

Another Hampton Inn in Denver awaits!

We Leave At Dawn!

We Leave At Dawn!

Or at least that was the plan!  We went to pick up Jonas from his dad’s and we had to buy breakfast (breakfast burrito’s and a hungry four year old just didn’t work so we had to make a dash to Chick Fila) and finish loading up the luggage when we got back to Grandma’s.  So instead of leaving at 6:00 am Central time we actually left Saginaw at 7:30 ish!

Our route was planned, we had talked to our friends Jim and Connie and they gave us advice on the easiest route to take to Utah with a 4 year old and me!  Straight up through Oklahoma and into Kansas where we made a left and straight through Colorado into Utah before heading up again! We were ready to hit the road!

We cross the Red River on I35 and it has been a while since we have seen that much water in the Red River.  It was pretty red!  The visitors center in Thackerville, OK is a welcome sight.  Jonas gets out and heads for the forest.  He stops suddenly and expresses his fear of zombies and stormadoes.  We need to get out of Oklahoma fast!

Our plan is to make it to Hayes, KS before nightfall.  I have traveling on the interstate through places I have never been before because it is really not fair to judge a state on a drive through.  We have all been to Oklahoma before and we all like different parts of the state.  So driving the interstate makes the trip faster.  We stop Edmond to eat at Cracker Barrel and we enjoy a good lunch that the OP’s would be proud of.

We don’t have many scheduled stops in Oklahoma except for gas and bathroom breaks.  But we do see this in Tonkawa:

What?

What?

Jonas was thankful that we didn’t encounter any storms in Oklahoma but it started raining on us in Kansas.  It’s been a long time since  lunch and not to many roadside attractions to catch our attention and we are hungry so we check on Trip Advisor and decide on Genova Italian Restaurant in the town of Newton, good food and good service made it a good stop.

Amy and Julie are not impressed with Kansas but I have a plan.  A couple of place, where I have always wanted to go but they were never on my route through Kansas.  I was  hoping a detour through Lindsborg would change their mind.

It was beautiful and we enjoyed walking, visiting shops, talking to the local people and looking the the Herd of Wild Dala horses.  Jonas had a couple of favorites. We all want to come back and stay in this town a few days.

Jonas and his horse!

 

We take a scenic byway to our next stop, Mushroom Rock State Park, I mean, how can you pass that up? We learn that it is the smallest state park in Kansas and one of the eight wonders of Kansas Geography (Katy and I have already seen the Monument Rocks – the Chalk Pyramids but for some reason it didn’t make the list).  You have to go down a gravel road to get there but I think it was worth the stop!

Mushroom Rock

We finally make it to Hays, Kansas!  We are ready to be out of the truck and car!  Tomorrow we are headed to Denver.

The Big Move

The Big Move

greetings-from-utah-usa-vintage-postcard-750x488It’s time.  Tomorrow we are leaving Saginaw and heading to Utah.  Everything’s packed and we are getting ready to load it up in the Uhaul.  Amy, Julie and Katy are driving while Jonas and I read the maps and give directions.  Keep up with us as we journey through Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Utah and Arizona!  See you in the morning.