It took a few days to rest up and recover from our trip. I had so many photos to go through from the trip I couldn’t convince myself to take my camera outside. After watching more and more of the cone flowers open up I finally went out. The cone flowers are just beautiful!
The butterfly weed is awfully pretty too.
We went to the Farmers’ Market in Jonesboro to get our Vidalia onions. On the way home we stopped at theVarsity for lunch. Yum for onions and the Varsity!
I had been watching this birdhouse from inside the kitchen for a few days. The bird(s) had been very active flying in and out. So I got a chair and my camera and sat out on the front porch for an hour or so.
Monday, May 14, 2018
We got up and left at 7:35 AM. We got gas, ice and breakfast and headed south. I did not take any pictures this day–I may have been pouting about having to go home and Tommy was in “let’s get home” mode.
All in all, we had another wonder family vacation with the kids. We were happy that Molly was able to join us for a few days.
Total miles driven for the whole trip – 4496.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
We left Burlington at 8:20 AM. It was 49 degrees with heavy clouds. It some areas it was really foggy.
We got to the Drury Inn in Mt. Vernon, IL at 7:20 PM. We ordered pizza for dinner and then went to bed. We wanted to get up early and get home the next day.
Total miles driven – 760
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Tommy and I were the first ones to leave Escalante. We packed up and left at 8:40 AM as Tommy wanted to get east of Denver before stopping for the day. The kids were left to close up and check out. The house in Escalante was perfect for us all.
Although it’s never as much fun going home, we were still able to see some interesting sights.
We made it to the Fairfield Inn in Burlington, CO at 7:30 PM. The Dish Room restaurant was recommended to us so we went to dinner there. The food was really good!
Total miles driven – 674
Thursday, May 10, 2018
On our way to Bryce Canyon, Tommy saw a pulloff that had some information at it. Seeing nothing of interest from the truck he was curious so he turned in. There were two Anasazi granaries way up high. Pretty cool and we would never have seen them if Tommy hadn’t pulled over.
Then on to Bryce Canyon.
After looking at Inspiration Point we met up with the others at the Visitors’ Center where Amanda, B and I got our Passport books stamped. Miss B also got to “adopt” a prairie dog who she named Prairie Doggy. 🙂
Look, ET is here!
We ended our day at Bryce Canyon by having lunch at the Lodge. The food took forever to get and wasn’t very good. When we got home, we rested a bit before going out to dinner. Amanda called the Circle D Eatery to see about reservations since there were 7 of us. She was told reservations were not necessary. Unfortunately, when we got there the place was full. We waited quite a while and when it looked like it was going to be a while longer, Evan found another place for us to go. We had a wonderful dinner at the North Creek Grill. Tommy is still talking about the lava rock they brought out with his steak. 🙂
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Evan and Hall left early to go for a run and then to drive over to St. George to pick up Molly. Tommy, Amanda, Miss B and I left a bit later. We stopped at Escalante Outfitters for breakfast. Amanda and Tommy got breakfast rolls (because, according to Tommy, the guy in front of him ordered them) and I got a triple berry muffin which I shared with B. Breakfast was yummy! Our plan was to meet up with them in Springdale, right outside of Zion.
While waiting for Evan, Hall and Molly, we went to the Visitors’ Center to get our Passport books stamped. It was crazy how many people were there. Along the way, we stopped at a pullout where a Ranger was giving a talk about animals in the park. Miss B was really interested in seeing the rattlesnake in the jar. The Ranger told us to look for the bighorn sheep that were down the road a bit.
We went through this tunnel which was about 1.3 miles. Every so often there was a portal that you could look out if you were driving slow enough.
At the Visitors’ Center Tommy and Amanda checked out the 3D map of the park while B and I checked out this lizard.
We left the Visitors’ Center and caught up with Evan, Hall and Molly in Springdale and had a picnic lunch. We talked about seeing more of Zion, but in order to do that we would have had to get on a shuttle. In order to do that we would have had to find a parking spot in a parking lot that was jam packed. So it was decided to head towards home.
This should be called White Knuckle Road.
When we got home we grilled hot dogs and hamburgers for dinner. Then sat back and watched the sky.
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Our second day is always more fun than the first because we get out of the congestion and traffic of the east and we are off of the interstate or seeing things we don’t normally see. We left the hotel at 8:15 AM, filled up the truck, got breakfast and headed west. Although we were traveling on I70, we were on the lookout for churches, barns or anything else of interest. Since it’s flat in Kansas, we were able to see the steeples for these churches.
Sacred Heart Parish
St. Mary’s Church
St. Fidelis Church
Cathedral of the Plains
St. Ann’s Catholic Church
Somewhere in eastern Colorado we saw this plane flying low. We thought he was probably cropdusting, but I never saw any spray. He was pretty low when he flew over us.
We stopped in Aurora to get gas, ice and lunch. Had to fortify ourselves to get through Denver. There was lots of traffic but it kept moving. Once we were west of Denver the ooohhhs and aaahhhs started.
We finally got to the Courtyard in Grand Junction at 9:00 PM. Once again we were too tired to get back in the truck to get dinner so we ate at the hotel.
Miles driven – 815