Hey my friend's! I have a story for you. It not a recent story but it is good! Back in 2019, thankfully before Covid, when we were free to come and go in this Country. We had 14 Collie puppies for sale! We have really nice quality Rough Collie's and we sold them all over the United States. We had a lady in Oregon who wanted one of our Tri-color female pups. She was an older lady on a fixed income. So I was trying to figure out how to get her puppy to her economically. We found out that if we shipped her on Alaskan Air, as long as some one was traveling with her. We could ship her for 100.00. So we decided to take advantage of it and turn it into a vacation! So Samantha, Tom, myself and Trixie all flew out to Seattle! First we went to the Oregon Coast. We ate at a fish restaurant right on the water! Then we found a beautiful beach ⛱ called Sunset Beach.
It was a little chilly but still beautiful! We took our shoes off and walked on the sand and played in the surf. We let Trixie run around! Sammy and I decided that we could live there and be perfectly happy! Then we headed for the town where we were meeting Trixie's new owner! We had been up since 3:00 am central time! Our flight had left at 6:00 am from KCI. When we got to Seattle we rented a car. So by the time we found a pet friendly 🏨 hotel we were exhausted! We all slept so deeply that night! It turns out the place had, had a fire alarm ⏰ go off in the middle of the night! It turned out to be a false alarm. Good thing, because we slept right through it! The next day while we were waiting for our buyer to show up we went shopping for a cooler and lunch meat, cheese, fruit, bread 🍞. It was a store like Trader Joe's but that wasn't it's name. Everything was so fresh! Our buyer showed up and she was thrilled with Trixie! She loaded Trixie up and headed home. So we loaded up and headed down the road! Oregon is just such a beautiful state! There are evergreens everywhere and Mountains! If you live there you know what I'm taking about! We stopped at a tourist site that was all about the Oregon trail. It was totally fascinating. You could even walk down to where you could see the old trail! There were still ruts that wagon after wagon left in the ground over a 100 years ago. People were certainly brave to make that journey! After that we drove through Idaho and stopped at Twin Falls. It was stunning! I think my pictures prove it! I discovered that my Daughter was afraid of heights! She wouldn't get close to the edge! You think you know everything there is to know about your kids?!
I was using hotels.com to find hotels for the night 🌙. We were kind of flying by the seat of our pants but I prefer that to having things organized down to the second! We finally reached Yellowstone! We entered at the west gate! It was amazing! We didn't spend the night there because it's really expensive. So we drove through hitting the highlights!. We stopped at some of the shops. We stopped at the mud pots! These are places are where volcanic activity is seeping through the ground. There is a wooden walk way that you are told to stay on. If you were to step off the ground is highly acidic. Some people have and they didn't live to tell about it!
Next we stopped at old faithful. This was so interesting! There was a huge crowd sitting on bleachers once again on a board walk. Everyone had cameras and we were all waiting for Old Faithful to shoot into the air! A park official kept telling us that it was time. So we were all anticipating and waiting for it to happen. Finally steam started to shoot out! Then it stopped. Everyone went, " Oh!", and then, "awe." That happened several times and the whole crowd said it again and again! It was funny! Finally it shot straight up and into the air! Everyone was thrilled! Some of those people had been waiting for a long time!
There were a bunch of buildings there. Some of them looked like they had been there since the park opened. So we got in the car and drove south so we could get a good look at the Tetons. I wish we had, had more time. There was so much more to see!
We turned around and drove north. We went through a big beautiful valley where there were lots of cars parked and people with cameras on tri-pods. They were taking pictures of the herd of Buffalo 🐃 that were crossing the Yellowstone River! It was almost dusk and the air had cooled enough that the herd was headed to the valley to graze!
After getting some pictures we got back on the road only to get in a traffic jam caused by a moose who couldn't figure out how to get off the road! Poor moose he was really bewildered and all by himself!
Yellow Stone River
A little further up the road we found a little building that once again looked like it had been built in the 40's. It had a dinner so we stopped for a sandwich and some soup! It was delicious! When we got in the car and headed toward the North Gate it was almost dark! Everywhere you looked in the the park you could see places where there was steam coming out of the ground. We didn't get to see everything and I would have loved to have gone hiking but we had to be home 🏡 in a certain number of days so we had to keep moving.
For anyone who doesn't know, Yellowstone is an extinct volcano called a Caldera. It is truly a fascinating place and I hope some day we can go back! So we exited through the North Gate thinking that it would be easy to find lodging for the night. We were wrong! That was the only night hotels.com failed us! We had to drive quite a few hours to find a place to spend the night! The next day we stopped at another National Park. We didn't spend a lot of time there but it was interesting! It was Custer's last stand! The battle where the Indians defeated him. There is a marker where every union soldier fell. Up the road there is a little trading post run by Native Americans. The merchandise is unique and I think they are quite proud of the fact that the Native Americans won that battle!
I took the picture of the BEE at the National Battlefield
After the Battle Field we headed toward Devils Tower. Once again we didn't have time to spend much time. We pretty much got close enough to take pictures and we went on! I'm sure we missed the stories I know that the Settlers passed it on their way west and I believe it was the Indians who named it! It is amazing just sticking up out of the plains basically out in the middle of nowhere. Of course for us, the first time we saw it was in the movie "Close Encounters"!
After that we drove down through Wyoming and into Colorado!
Sunset in Wyoming
We drove up into Estes Park Colorado to meet up with Tom's cousin and her family! it was a beautiful little town. There were flower boxes and big pots of flowers everywhere! There was also a lot of people everywhere! We found a rock shop that was fascinating and we spent quite a lot of time there!
After Colorado we headed for Kansas! We met Tom's brother and his amazing family in Manhattan KS. We spent the night with Dale and Sherry. Sherry by the way, is an incredible baker! She also has her own bee hives and sells her Honey! So if you live in the general area and you would like to purchase Honey or Baked Goods let me know and I will hook you up!
The next morning we headed to Kansas City to KCI Airport. We turned in our rental car and picked up our own car. in 2 hours we were home! The Farm had been well taken care of while we were gone. We got home just in time for my husband to set up barns and get Turkeys back in! It was good to be back to home sweet home! Talk to you later! I'm stealing this from a friend because it says it all! I love you my friend's but Jesus loves you more!
FG Farm Girl