Hey, here it is, Tuesday again. This week's "1o on Tuesday" topic was easy for me: Top 10 Vacation Moments. I originally was going to do the entire roadtrip in one post, but there were just too many pictures to do it all at once. So this is "Top 10 Vacation Moments - Part 1". Part 2 will be later this week.
As many of you have seen me write here before, I have never been anywhere. Well, at least not before I met Steven. And this summer, THIS roadtrip, I have now definitely been a few places! I went to 13 states in 17 days! Here are the top 10 moments of the first 8 days:
Day 1 - Steven picked me up in Indianapolis. I was really glad to see him because we hadn't seen in each other in over 2 weeks! Lots of hugs and kisses, all around! We only drove as far as Crawfordsville, IN. since Steven had already driven all day and was very tired.
Day 2 - We left Indiana, drove across Illinois, and Iowa (new state #1).
Vacation Moment #1: Iowa 80, the World's Largest Truck Stop.
This truck stop is huge. It could put most small-town malls to shame. In the women's bathroom, they had cute signs stating the world's largest this or that. Of course, I had to take a picture of the sign about the world's largest cup of coffee.
Later that day we drove into Nebraska (new state #2).
Day 3 - We drove the rest of the way across Nebraska and into Wyoming. Stopped for the night in Rawlins, Wyoming. (new state #3)
Vacation Moment #2 - The beautiful hills of Nebraska and Wyoming, and the beautiful sunset that evening as we took a walk.
Day 4 - We drove the rest of the way across Wyoming and into Utah. (new state #4)
Vacation Moment #3 - The awesome rocks and valleys of Wyoming and Utah. I saw my first wild prarie dog at a scenic overlook in Wyoming.
Day 5 - We delivered the load in Salt Lake City and parked right on the edge of the Great Salt Lake!
Vacation Moment #4 - The Great Salt Lake.
Day 6 - Another day in Salt Lake City. We have dinner with Sushiboy and Superwoman.
Vacation Moment #5 - Meeting fellow bloggers and having a great time!!!
This was also the first team Steven and I had been out socially with another couple. It was really great fun!
Day 7 - We finally leave Salt Lake City and head to Colorado(drove there once in college, so doesn't count as a NEW state!).
Vacation Moment #6: Rock climbing up to Wilson's Arch and all the amazing desert views!
This is Wilson's Arch.
We had parked for the night on the edge of an Indian reservation, at the Ute Nation Casino. Vacation Moment #8 - For breakfast we had real Indian fry bread, served in the travel center, and I saw real native Americans for the first time (sorry, not too much ethnic diversity in Southern Indiana).
Day 8 - We drove the rest of the way through Colorado, into New Mexico (new state #5), back into Colorado. Drove through the Rocky Mountains!
Vacation Moment #9 - We drove up through the mountains, saw some breathtaking views, stopped at a waterfall AND to touch the snow. I was kissed by the man I love in the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by the most beautiful scenery.
Vacation Moment #10 - I bought Indian sand paintings and a beaded hair barrette (for Rachael) from a real Navajo gift shop in New Mexico!
Pictures of wild flowers from the Rocky Mountains:
That's all for the first "top 10" moments. I had never been out west before (except for a brief trip to Colorado in college, which didn't really count as "out west"). I was totally amazed by actually seeing things I had only read about in books, like prarie dogs, cactus, mesas, and deserts! It was hard to believe it was all real. I felt like Dorothy in Oz! I hope you have enjoyed these first few pictures and highlights. I have much, much more but I don't want to overload you. Thanks for reading and viewing the pictures.