After we got back from our wagon adventure, we headed straight for a gas station, since we were pushing empty. Also, the alert that it was time for an oil change had been dinging for a few days, and Alamo's solution was to offer let us exchange the SUV for something else. Considering the SUV… Continue reading The Halfway Point
Day 12 (June 8): Scotts Bluff was our first stop this morning! It served as a signal to settlers that they were nearing the end of the prairie and heading into the mountains. Early wagon trains avoided the steep bluff until the Mitchell Pass opened in 1850, which offered an easier way to get through… Continue reading Pretty Places
Day 11 (June 7): We headed up to Devils Tower National Monument first thing in the morning; another detour that we both decided it was worth going to see. You could see the incredible structure from miles away, and we were among many who stopped at the roadside to take pictures as well in advance… Continue reading Chimney Rock
Day 10 (June 6): Detour alert! Today's scheduled detours included Wall Drug and Mount Rushmore. I've been to both before, but so many years ago, I just barely remember, and Daniel has never seen either. We were going to head out first thing in the morning to see Wall Drug, and then remembered that it… Continue reading Mount Rushmore
Okay, fair warning, we hit ten stops today, so if you think my previous posts were long, you should set aside some time for this one…or divide it up. 😊 It’s worth reading about though!! First, I can hardly believe I'm saying this, but camping actually went really well yesterday! I finished my blog post… Continue reading All the Landmarks
Today we reached Rock Creek Station, Fort Kearney, Pioneer Village, and the Platte River!
Day 7 (June 3rd): After the laptop incident of last night, the bugs seemed satisfied and pretty much left us alone, except for one final assassination attempt by a June bug as it attempted to get into our tent by slamming into the side as we were trying to sleep. Of course, I had some… Continue reading Traveling Through Kansas
Days 4 - 6: After a refreshing couple days spent celebrating my father-in-law's birthday, catching up on laundry, and grabbing some groceries, we are back on the road! I know it might seem odd to go back to Independence when we technically had moved past it, but I simply had to try a tour from… Continue reading Pioneer Camping Grounds and Stops
A full day of jumping off spots, historical sites, camping areas, and trail ruts.
Day 1: Driving from VA to St. Louis. By car, not steamboat, with a celebratory stop at a distillery.