Wyoming

The 3rd state line signage stop on National Park Trip Season 2. This sign was right across the highway from our South Dakota sign. Hwy 16 headed west from Custer, SD. Big huge pull offs for both signs and little to no traffic! A great spot to cross off all those state line sign pictures you are collecting. 😜

Our Wyoming stops this year include:

Devils Tower National Monument

Yellowstone National Park

Grand Teton National Park

Please check back on the blog for those, coming soon!


Another great stop for a Wyoming state line sign is on Hwy 22/Hwy 33 to the west of Jackson Hole (shown above). This was a huge pull off spot with plenty of people to take your photo! Either spot is great! Do you have any must do stops in Wyoming? We would love to know! We loved Jackson Hole and can’t wait to go back. ❤️❤️❤️

Until the next time!! Enjoy!!

New Mexico

IMG_1626.JPGThe Land of Enchantment. This state line sign was easy to get. It is at the entrance to The Four Corners Monument. We stopped here on our way from Grand Canyon National Park to our Cave hotel nestled in the mountains/rocks of Farmington, New Mexico.

The Four Corners was a great mid point. It had food vendor trucks and lots of booths with handmade jewelry and collectibles. Fun to at least look at all there is to offer. Make sure to stand in line to get your picture at all 4 of the states at one time. Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado.

The whole family!

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IMG_7123You will have plenty of time to choose your pose. The line goes at a steady pace because you are technically only allowed 3 photos per family (we snuck in 4, shhhh).  People are pretty clever with their poses, fun to watch and it keeps you entertained on your wait.

Next up was the high light of my children’s vacation, Kokopellis Cave B&B. This place was AMAZING!!! Don’t believe me?  Check it out!

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The Master Bedroom.

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Complete with its own balcony ❤️❤️

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Leaving Master Bedroom and walking into living room

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The dining area

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The Kitchen from the dining area

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The entry way from the front door

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Waterfall shower in the bathroom.

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The dining room from the front entryway

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Last but not least enjoying a cocktail on the patio.

This place was so much fun that I had a hard time getting the kids out of there the next morning to go to Mesa Verde National Park.  The whole time at Mesa Verde was “when are we going back to the cave”.  We did get back after sunset which I don’t recommend, it’s hard to find in the day light.  We had an origami lesson from Hunter which was very memorable.  We left our origami designs there with a collection of them.  Great times.

I hope you have enjoyed this part of our adventure.

Until next time 🙂

 

Minnesota 

First stop on National Park Trip Season 2!! The Minnesota State line sign!! This is one of my favorite state line signs, this one found on I-35 North heading into Minnesota from Iowa. There is a tiny spot to pull off to park, but make it quick, tons of traffic and they are very friendly! Just about everyone was honking and waving!! Lol!!

Next stop was for a picnic lunch, we decided it should be in Blue Earth, Minnesota heading west on I-90. Home of the Jolly Green Giant! Kids had fun with this but looked at every adult like they were an alien as we all sang “Ho Ho Ho, Green Giant” as we walked around. Plenty of picnic tables, statue of the green giant, and a cute little gift shop/visitor center.


Picture of the kids with Mr. Jolly Green!


The Stats about the giant! Kids loved his shoe size!


Short little stop and on the road again. Next stop Pipestone National Monument, check out a separate post on that stop!!

Thanks for stopping!

Arizona

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Woot woot!! State line sign stop #3 of 50 was Arizona!! We just spent 3 wonderful days hiking in Zion National park and we’re on the way to Page, Arizona for a Colorado Rafting Tour and Antelope Canyon Tour. This sign was located at the Utah/Arizona border on Hwy 89 South. An elderly couple was at the sign taking pictures when we pulled up and they offered to take ours. It turned out great, don’t you think? Arizona was really pretty. The Lake Powell area and all the way to Antelope Canyon was amazing. Colors and landscapes I have never seen before. Lots of boats were out on the water, what a great place to explore. We might have to come back here for another vacation. Lots to do!

First stop was Antelope Canyon. We did it through a tour company called Ken’s Tours. I purchased tickets online so we didn’t need to wait in line. I will warn you though, to get on the Native American Land you have to pay a Navajo entrance fee of $32 that isn’t included in the cost of the Canyon tour. Luckily we knew this ahead of time and had the cash.  The tour company also only took cash as well.

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A short wait and we were off on the tour. Very slippery and you had to be very careful walking down to get on the steps to go into the canyon. Lots of steps to get down, this is not for the faint of heart, see picture above. Once you are down in the canyon it is hard to take a bad picture. This place was gorgeous, and a must see! I will admit they herd you through like cattle but they do give you plenty of time to get pictures. Don’t plan on having lots of pictures without people in the background, this will happen unless you take the special photography tour.

Here are a few pictures of what to expect on the tour. It was very pretty, my pictures don’t do it justice. What really helped is our tour guide knew the settings to get the best pictures for my camera, he just set them for me before the tour started. How awesome!!!

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When this tour ended the next one began. We did a Colorado River Rafting Tour through a company called Colorado River Discovery. Lunch was included in the rafting tour so we headed straight there. Rode in a bus to the river where we boarded the boats, lunch was actually really good I suggest getting it through this company if you are short on time. The place we were dropped off at was the picture on the front of my son’s math textbook that year, needless to say this made the trip all that more exciting!! LOL!! We did a 4 hour boat ride and got some pretty amazing pictures. What excited me the most is that we were on the river at Horseshoe Bend. Most people only get to see it from the top looking down, we saw it from the bottom up! Kids were also pretty brave and got in the 60 degree water at the halfway point, CRAZIES!!! What a fun trip! The driver of the boat let the kids sit on the side, this helped in cooling off, it was so hot out there!! We really enjoyed this trip, very relaxing with 360 degree beauty the whole way.  Highly recommend!  I hope you enjoy our pictures from that tour as well!!

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A stop for dinner and Wal-Mart for Origami paper and we are off to the Grand Canyon!  Check back for a blog on our visit to the Grand Canyon, I’m sure it will be Grand!!!

Thanks for stopping and until next time, enjoy your travels!!

Utah

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Utah was the next State Line sign to cross off on National Park Trip Season 1.

I didn’t know what to expect of Utah, I hadn’t heard much about the state other than how beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park was. We stopped and got our picture taken at Utah/Colorado border along I-70 West. Met some travelers from Switzerland, who graciously took this wonderful photo for us. They too were heading to Arches National Park. Utah was pretty boring the first 30-45 minutes. Then it was just jaw dropping. The colors, the contrast, the mountains in the background. What a beautiful state, how could I have not heard about this before?? It got even better on the trip from Arches to Bryce Canyon. Evergreens, mountains, streams, rivers, ranches, Red Canyon, does it get any better than this? Utah is a must do for everyone! More on Utah when I post our National Park visits. I have tons of photos to share, be patient.

Until next time!

Enjoy your travels!

Colorado

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This is it, this is where it starts. The first state line sign in a list of all 50 to check off. This specific sign is located on I-76 heading into Colorado from Nebraska. It came up really fast so be prepared, I obviously wasn’t. The kids still tell the story that I tried to kill them by slamming on my breaks and backing up on the Interstate. LOL!! They are so dramatic.

This stop was on our National Park Trip Season 1, which you can read more about under the specific National Parks. Colorado is a beautiful state, even the kids dropped their gadgets to look out the windows once the mountains were upon us.

We drove through most of the state, on this trip, and stopped at Glenwood Springs. We stayed at Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge. I thought it would be a great experience to swim in a hot springs pool and a great in between stop! Boy did we luck out in this town!! What a fantastic stop! Cute shops, great restaurants and all around wonderful. The lodge was nice, our room small but we weren’t in it much. Spent most of the time across the street at the hot springs pool! It was HUGE and the scenery around it was amazing! Going to bring the husband back in the winter to enjoy!

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We did venture out in to town to enjoy an early supper. Just a short walk over to the quaint little town (which I love by the way, it reminded me of Europe), lots of outside seating and shops. We went to a restaurant that was recommended at the desk of our hotel and it did not disappoint us at all. The Brew Pub, they even brew their own root beer which was delicious and the kids meals were served on frisbees so this place was now top notch (according to the kids). Everything we ordered was just amazing, I can’t recommend how wonderful this place was!

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Here are the kids enjoying the home brewed root beer. Even the adults were in love with it!!

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Put this place on your list if you are traveling across Colorado on I-70! Great road trip stop!

Until the next stop!

Enjoy your travels!