Hey hey! In my last post I discussed all the How and Why of our trip…and now to talk about the trip itself!
Picking up with the morning of the big day…all packed and ready to go! Our final destination that first day would be Denver, CO. We had some friends to visit there, and none of us had ever been to Colorado, so we obviously had to go! Here are the kiddos, early in the morning, ready to go and obviously super sleepy 😉
We made a couple stops in Kansas our first day:
Cawker City, KS…home of the Worlds Largest Ball of Sisal Twine!
It’s quirky and kind of awesome at the same time. One of those things that makes America great 😉
Next stop was about 10 minutes from the twine:: Lebanon, KS…the Geographical center of the lower 48 states! It’s every bit as exciting as it sounds! Also I’m pretty sure my son is taking a selfie in the picture below…
And then of course the gratuitous “real life” picture…our oldest daughter, not happy…and her shirt says “Happy Camper” Oh the irony! But hey…I’m going to take the picture anyways, happy faces or not!
And the rest of Kansas pretty much lives up to everything I’ve heard about it…flat.
And then we made it thru Kansas and to Colorado! We were hoping to see mountains as soon as we got into the state…buuuut it pretty much looks like Kansas until you get to Denver…and then you see the Rockies. I hadn’t see actual mountains in about 2 years, and it was glorious.
Our first night we stayed at Dakota Ridge RV Park in Golden, Colorado. We didn’t get there until after 9pm…and we left about 4:45 am…so I can’t tell you much about the place! I did see a nice pool, a playground and a hill behind us that has a trail. Restaurants and shopping were close by. It was a fine place to park for the night, but we wouldn’t choose to stay there, or a place like it again. It wasn’t….campy (it’s a word. trust me.) enough for us. No tents. Not many trees. All the RVs are packed in suuuuper tight. I don’t recall if our site had room for a picnic table, but if it did, it was a tight squeeze. We prefer state park-like camping, lots of space between each site, trees, lots of trails and places to explore…also campfires are awesome. Not like we had time for any of that, but the atmosphere is half the experience! Anyways, if you need a place to stay for the night, I think it’s a fine place. If you’re wanting the camping, outdoorsy experience, this is not the place for you!
The next day our final destination was Twin Falls, ID. After we crossed over into Wyoming, our first stop was breakfast!
Penny’s Diner in Cheyenne, WY! The cooks made our kiddos extra special pancakes! A princess and a monster truck! Needless to say, they were thrilled!
And this guy will eat anything…no matter what shape it is 😉
There just so happened to be a bike/walking path right by the diner, so we took advantage of it to burn off about 5 minutes of energy!
And then the endlessness of the boring part of Wyoming began…except for a brief stop at the Ames Brothers Pyramid, we pretty much kept on going until we got to Utah. (Just FYI, the northern part of WY is much more interesting to look at than the southern part. We now know this!)
See the landscape around us? Pretty much that until Utah.
The Ames Brothers Pyramid . Honestly I had to look up who the Ames brothers were, I’d never heard of them, but the story is kind of intriguing! Read it if you have a moment!
And finally to Utah and time to get out a stretch! The rest area had a small hiking trail and of course beautiful scenery…but I wish I would never have used the restroom…sooooo groooossss. Lesson learned, stick to the RV potty.
Our little tourists, taking pictures with our old iPhones!
On the road again! and finally to Twin Falls, ID…and in a plot twist only God could think of, my dear friend Hannah and her family were spending the night there as they were on their way to visit family in North Platte, NE! I was disappointed that we planned our trips at the same time because that meant I wouldn’t have the chance to see her/them while we were in Washington…but God is so good and cares about the desires of our hearts, as well as the friendships He blesses us with! Hannah has been such a wonderful friend to me and keeps in almost daily contact with me ever since we moved away. They met us at our campground and the kids had fun playing at the playground together. (If you have some time, check out Hannah’s blog…always some good reads there!)
I think the dads had fun too 😉 This was at Anderson Camp in Twin Falls, ID. The spots were pretty close to one another, but much more shade, great play area, and two nice looking pools! The shower/bathroom facilities were pretty nice too. I think we would stay here again if were needed a place in Twin Falls!
The next day our final destination was Brooks, Oregon…finally to see our parents and Nathan could make all the ice cream he wanted and we got to look at as many tractors as we wanted at the Great Oregon Steam Up! If you’re ever in the area during the Steam Up, it’s pretty neat…and of course you can buy the best ice cream EVER! 🙂
We made a few stops along the way to Brooks…
At a rest area eating breakfast…cutest little driver!!
A park in Burns, Oregon…
And a pit stop in Sisters, Oregon for some lunch and walking around to breathe in the fresh mountain air!
Waiting for lunch at a food truck garden!
We really liked this town and wish it wasn’t so far away! It’s super charming, beautiful, and very walkable. If you live in the area, go and visit and send me lots of pictures! 😉
And…you know you’re in Oregon when the straw in your cold brew is made from plants…hashtag flimsiest straw ever. But hooray for being green!
We made it to Brooks about dinner time and had a wonderful reunion with our parents and Nathan’s brother and sister. So good to be with all of them.
My bother and his family were also able to come to the steam show and hang out too…the cousins had fun together and parents had all their grandkids together for the first time too! So special! 🙂
If you ever have the chance to try my in-laws steam powered homemade ice cream…it’s worth standing in line for, trust me!
I think this post is long enough…but our trip is far from over…stay tuned for more Stewart Six Go West adventures!!