Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Westward Ho!

Yesterday we set out on a trip that we had no idea we would be taking until a few weeks ago.

We’re bound for Yellowstone National Park and many other places along the way. This trip was sort of spontaneous for us, so it’s hard for me to believe we’re really on the road. We’re so excited and thankful that God has blessed us with this opportunity.

Other than flying to Colorado and Arizona, the children and I have never been out West. Kurt made several road trips out here with his family when he was a boy. In fact, his family traveled to all of the lower forty-eight states over a period of several years. I just think that is so neat, and we’ve decided it would be a fun goal for our family too! Let’s see, I’ve been to twenty-five of them, Superman has been to fourteen, and both of the girls have been to twelve. We’ve got a ways to go, but this trip will chalk up a few more for us.

Here is our itinerary…

8/11 - Hit the road and spend the night in Coralville, Iowa.

8/12 - Head for Mitchell, South Dakota where we’ll see the Corn Palace.
8/13 - Drive to Wall, South Dakota, stop in at the famous Wall Drugstore, and begin exploring Badlands National Park.

8/14 - See a bit more of the Badlands and head on up the road to Custer State Park. We’ll stay here for a couple of days and see Mt. Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, Bear Country, and possibly Jewel Cave or Wind Cave National Park if we have time.

8/17 - Hit the road once again and head for Cody, Wyoming. There is a huge Buffalo Bill Museum here that we’ll take in, as well as a rodeo and a gunfight right on Main St.!

8/18 - Today we’ll drive through the southwest corner of Yellowstone Park on our way to the Grand Tetons, where we’ll stay for three days in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
8/21 - We’ll take our time driving up through Yellowstone again to Emigrant, Montana, which will be our base for touring the park.

8/24 - Say goodbye to Yellowstone and head for home.

We haven‘t decided on our exact route home yet. (I told you we were being spontaneous!) We’ll definitely head out across Montana, and then through North Dakota, and maybe Minnesota and Wisconsin. We’d like to make a couple of stops along the Lewis and Clark Trail and see one of the Laura Ingalls homesites on our way home. If any of you live in any of these places or have made this trip, I’d love to hear your opinions on things we don’t want to miss as we head back east!

Also, we’ll be in the Yellowstone area on Giggly Girl’s birthday, so if any of you westerners have any suggestions for a fun place to celebrate a six year old‘s birthday, please let me hear your ideas. :)

I’ll try to post pictures and updates when I can!


  1. Wow! That's quite a trip! And so much fun learning along the way! Enjoy it, and I can't wait to see pictures. :-)

  2. Definitely see DeSmet, SD, if you're going that way. DH and I were there before we had children and it was so neat to see the setting for Little Town on the Prairie. They had a homestead set up just like the Ingalls' was.

    The Arches in Utah are really neat to see, too.

    And of course, the Grand Tetons are BEAUTIFUL.

    Have a great trip!

  3. What a trip! And spontaneous! Have a great time.

  4. Souns spectacular! Can't wait to see the pics!


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