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And we’re off (almost) – our Epic Road Trip, the Solar Eclipse, and Henry the Jackalope.

So, we’re taking off this weekend and will be gone approximately 35-40 days and maybe longer.  We’ve got a great friend house sitting for us, so we don’t have to worry about that and we’re confident he’ll take care of the house just as well or better than we would. You’ve gotta love friends like that.

We’re stopping a lot of places and spending a lot of time with family and friends.  We’re both looking forward to the trip but we’re also a little nervous.  After all Myles, is 17 years old and Larry is 27 years old and Thom and I are just plain old.  We’ve done everything we can to make sure both Myles and Larry are road-worthy, but you just never know.  Hopefully, we won’t have to use our Roadside Assistance insurance.  We’re keeping our fingers crossed but feeling pretty good about things over all.  You’ll definitely hear about it if we have any issues, but keep your fingers crossed for us too, please!

And, we will be in Spokane WA for the Solar Eclipse … the once in a lifetime event for most of us.  I don’t know where my head was when we started planning this trip, but neither of us even thought about the solar eclipse and where we’d be and would we want to see it?  Well, of course, we’d want to see it but we didn’t make any plans to be in a prime viewing area and it’s too late now.  So, it turns out we’ll be in Spokane WA for the event and this is what our view of the eclipse is supposed to look like.

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It won’t’ be the full eclipse, but it will be pretty darn close.  And since we’ll be in Spokane, at least we shouldn’t have to worry about cloud cover.  (We hope).  And, we’ll have to create one of those nifty little viewing boxes because Amazon wrote us and told us that they couldn’t verify that the viewing glasses they sold to us were ISO certified.  Amazon refunded our money but now we can’t find any glasses anywhere.

As far as the road trip goes, our plans are to drive no more than 3-4 hours every day.  Allowing us to set up and have some down time.  And spend some time with the dogs.  Most of the time we’ll be staying in KOAs or Good Sam parks but we’re also going to be checking out some boondocking areas.  We’d like to start boondocking and this trip will be our exploratory trip for doing some boondocking.  Some of the places we’ll be visiting are:

  • Liberty Lake in Spokane WA – a beautiful county park with full hook up RV spaces very near to where Thom’s mom lives.  We’re breaking our 3-4 hour drive time rule to get to Spokane, we’ll be driving about 8 hours, but Thom’s got us leaving at 4:00 AM. We’ll definitely leave early, but I’m not sure I’ll be ready for a 4:00 AM take off.
  • Butte, Montana – I’m not much of a golfer, but Thom likes to golf and they have a little executive course where I can begin learning to golf.  Hopefully, Thom and I won’t kill each other during these golf outings. You know how it can be when one spouse tries to teach another spouse.  I’m sure we’ll be fine but it will definitely be interesting.
  • Island Park, WY – very near Yellowstone.  We were at Yellowstone and Glacier a few years ago, so will only be in Island Park a couple of nights to see a dear friend from high school and college.  It’s been more than 30 years since I’ve seen her and I’m very excited.
  • Greybull, Wy – not sure what we’ll do there but it’s within our 3-4 hour drive time so we’ll find something, even if it’s just relaxing by the pool in the RV park.
  • Black Hills, SD – to visit my aunt.  We’ve been to the Black Hill so many times and seen all of the sites there are to see – our favorite is probably Crazy Horse, but there’s a lot to see and do in that part of SD.  Last time we were in the Black Hills I picked up a little wine called Red Ass Rhubarb at the Prairie Berry Winery in Hill City. It was a fun wine to buy and drink.  My son and DIL were with us on that trip and my DIL and I had a great time drinking our Red Ass Rhubarb wine.  That’s a story better left untold though.  I may have to buy a few more bottles, just for old time’s sake.
  • Lake Madison, SD – my brother and his fiance have a cabin there and my mom lives in Sioux Falls so we’ll be spending a few days there with my family.  My other brother and his wife will also be coming up, so it’ll be fun to have us all together.  We’ll be missing just one of my brothers since he can’t make the trip but it should be fun.
  • Omaha, NE – to visit my two nieces with their hubby and boyfriend.  Just a quick stop there.
  • North Platt, NE – it’s within our 3-4 hour drive time, so we’ll be stopping there one night on our way to Colorado Springs, CO.
  • Colorado Springs, CO – we’ll be spending 5 nights there and meeting my brother and his wife there for some fun and sightseeing.  If anyone knows a “can’t miss”stop, please let us know.  We’ll be camped very close to the Garden of the Gods.
  • Hooper, CO – one night there on our way to Moab UT.
  • Moab, UT – we’re planning at least 4 nights in Moab to see as much of Southern Utah as we can, we don’t have any reservations anywhere after Moab, so we may stay longer if we can find more places to stay.
  • Logan, UT – I went to college at USU in Logan and just want to see that little town again and drive thru Logan Canyon up to Bear Lake on the UT/ID border.
  • Reno, NV – another good friend lives in Reno so we’ll be stopping to see her.
  • And then, who knows, we have no reservations so we may keep going or we may start on our leisurely way home.

Our good friend, Henry, will be joining us on our trip.  Some folks travel with gnomes and well, we travel with Henry.

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Yes, he’s one of those rare jackalopes … predominately from the MidWest and most often found at Wall Drug.  We feel very fortunate to have Henry as part of our crew and glad he’s going with us.  He’s even volunteered to ride in Larry, our tow vehicle, to make sure nothing goes wrong while we’re towing on the road.  He’ll be watching our “Brake Buddy” making sure everything is working correctly.  And, Henry’s a jokester, he loves to photo bomb, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of him in our upcoming blogs.

The plan is to post a new blog every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday while taking the weekend off.  So, stay tuned for our adventures!  Thanks for reading and subscribing.

Stay safe and keep making memories.