October 4, 2011 § 2 Comments
We know, we know! This post is a little delayed, and by a little, I mean A LOT. We’ve been busy getting our lives back together and trying to find jobs.
After leaving the Tetons we got breakfast at a cute bagel shop in Jackson, and then we headed toward San Francisco.
Even after all the driving we had done up to this point, we couldn’t tackle that 950 mile drive in one day. We decided to stop about half way in beautiful Winnemucca, Nevada. This was like driving through Oklahoma and South Dakota combined.
After finally making it to Winnemucca, we checked into our hotel which was 1/2 hotel, 1/2 casino…Welcome to Nevada. I only lost $20 on video blackjack.
Onward we went into California; I’ve never been so happy to be back in my home state!We crossed over through Truckee, down into Sacramento, over the bridge and made it to the last stop before returning home. Lauren’s friend Carolina and her boyfriend Parker were nice enough to open their home for us weary travelers. We stayed there for a few nights, and on Saturday, we took a drive up the coast to Muir Beach and Stinson Beach.
The weather didn’t cooperate and was overcast, but we still had a great time.
After a few fun and exciting days in and around the city, we were homeward bound. I’ve never driven the coast down from SF, so we decided to take the long way home and extend our roadtrip by a few more hours. We got breakfast in Santa Cruz, passed by some markets in Monterrey
through Big Sur, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara.
We hopped onto the 101 and made it home without too much traffic through LA.
We drove a total of 8598.5 miles over a span of 47 nights. We visited a total of 27 states, Washington D.C., and Ontario, Canada.
Thank you everyone for following this blog and to all of you who showed us hospitality along the way by letting us stay in your homes!
September 15, 2011 § Leave a Comment
So Lauren whipped up some buffalo bolognese. Check it out on FromTheLittleYellowKitchen if you’re interested in making it!
We woke up the next morning for our driving tour of Yellowstone. Our first stop was along some rapids in the river where you can see the trout swimming upstream during certain times of the year. That day wasn’t one of them.
San Francisco here we come!
September 11, 2011 § Leave a Comment
After bear country we treated Ruby to a much needed bath. Although with the mass amounts of bugs in those parts, she didn’t stay clean more than 20 minutes.
We decided on a middle-of-nowhere campsite in Big Horn Recreation Area on the border of Montana and Wyoming.
Luckily we got everything set up in time to sit in the back of the car, drink some wine, eat more cheese and play cards for a while.
and headed on to Yellowstone!
September 8, 2011 § 1 Comment
You know you’re in the middle of nowhere again when…
By now you may or may not have figured out that we are REALLY behind on the blog. We’ve actually been home for a couple of days but we still want to finish off the adventure on DriveCampExplore!
Back to the cheese.
We woke up the next morning and it was surprisingly cold! I know, cold. It was the first time I wore sleeves the whole trip!
Then we hit it.
109 degrees Badlands National Park.
Badlands National Park is where the rolling plains suddenly drop off and this is what happens. You look to one side and see green grasslands and on the other side of the road is what you see below…pretty crazy, huh?
Then there was Wall Drug.
But seriously, this place was crazy. All sorts of strange stores that displayed items such as a mouse, fox, wolf and bear taxidermy having tea together.
We aren’t done yet folks! Check back for Mt. Rushmore & much more.
September 5, 2011 § 3 Comments
Fred and Brigitta were nice enough to let us stay with them, do laundry (after the rainstorm in Canada we had some serious laundry), shower, etc. What a relief a nice home was after the rainstorm we were in in Canada. And check out their bathroom! They have a view of the whole city.
Just kiddin’. That is the bathroom where we had dinner one night though.
It was really neat to see the reflection of Chicago’s skyline.
And of ourselves…
After playing at the bean for a while we crossed over a bridge to check out the modern art museum.
The next day, we left ourselves plenty of time to take the bus down to the river for an architectural tour. However, we weren’t aware of the gridlock and bus re-route downtown.
In the middle of traffic, we hopped off the bus and starting speed walking towards the dock we were supposed to be arriving at in ten minutes. We walked briskly for about 3/4 mile and sprinted the rest of it . We barely made it as they were pulling in the plank. Whew!
It stared pouring rain while we were on the boat but we still had a great time and learned a lot about the city.
Next up, we grabbed a cab and headed to the Willis (or Sears) Tower. Then we jumped out of the cab because of more gridlock and ran through the rain to get there.
That evening we went to a fancy pants dinner on the 80th floor of the Aon Center tower.
Before we left the next morning we had an awesome breakfast at XOCO by Rick Bayless. YUM!
Thanks again to Fred and Brigitta for showing us around and letting us stay in their beautiful home!
August 31, 2011 § 3 Comments
It was not only a huge and gorgeous fall but there happened to be a rainbow stretching across it when we got there. I’m not sure how common this is but it was awesome to see it in person!
Well, after hauling our luggage upstairs we discovered the “hotel” was more of a dirty hostel. They so kindly provided us with hair and boogers in the sheets. Oh, and I got locked in the bathroom. After profusely banging on the door and probably scaring our roommates (yep, we had a few roommates in this hotel), Chris whipped out his handy dandy tools and broke me out.
After finally settling in around 9pm, we got cleaned up and walked over to Queen Mother Café to treat ourselves to a fantastic Thai meal and bottle of wine on a lovely, but slightly hidden, garden terrace.
Then there was the St. Lawrence Market:
We ate all the samples we could manage to eat, walked around for about 3 hours, and bought some delicious fresh veggies, wine and maple syrup! If that was all we did in Toronto I would have been totally satisfied, but we fit in so much more…
Toronto is also where we discovered bike share. We got a bike for $5 and with places to lock them up all over the city you simply ride to your destination, pop them in, walk around and then pick up another bike at a different stop to ride on to your next destination. We really got to see the whole city by doing this!
Chris read a sign…
We drove through some itty bitty towns where the people really say, “Eh” and the gas pumps look like this:
Surprise! A huge storm hit. We finished cooking a delicious fresh vegetable hash under a tarp while the severe thunder, lighting and rain continued. We thought it would pass but it continued all. night. long. We got quite soaked and so did everything else so Ruby smelled pretty musty for the duration of the 10 hour drive to Chicago.
Good thing we had a 7am shower in a can (dry shampoo)…
The ketchup chips were soooo good! The dill pickle tasted fairly similar to salt n’ vinegar. Roast Chicken on the other hand is still sitting in the back of the car (a week later). I think we’re both a little scared to try it…
August 27, 2011 § 3 Comments
At the suggestion of Lauren’s parents, we ventured into the Finger Lakes which are very long and relatively narrow lakes formed by glaciers. We decided to stay in Watkins Glen after we some gorgeous pictures of a gorge hike in a brochure we found on Long Island.
While paying for some things at the gift shop we saw a flyer saying, “Pick your own organic blueberries—$1.50 a pound.” So we said “Why not?”
After that fun and exciting day packed full of activities, we were on the road again to Toronto.
But first, a stop at Letchworth State Park in New York to look at some waterfalls. We needed to get warmed up before we saw Niagara Falls.
And then we made it! To the border, to wait in line…for a while
Stay tuned for our adventures at Niagara Falls and Toronto.