Greetings from the road!

Many of you asked me to keep you in the loop about our trip. I can’t believe it’s only been 6 days since we hit the road!

We had grand plans to visit certain sites, but once we ran the numbers on the miles vs days to get across the country, we changed course a bit. We decided we’d visit towns, talk to locals, take in walking tours, architecture and college campuses. Or course taking in the scenery along the way.

We spent our first two nights in Redmond, Oregon. We stayed at the very cool SCP Hotel. We landed there because we wanted to see the Painted Hills. We also hiked around Smith Rock, which was spectacular! 

Smith Rock, Oregon.

Smith Rock, Oregon. Yes, the sky is that blue!

Painted Hills, Oregon.

Painted Hills, Oregon.

From there we headed to Boise, Idaho. We may be partial, but we think Oregon offered up some of the most beautiful terrain so far. . .Didn't spend much time in Boise. We were chompin' at the bit to make tracks.

Onward to Salt Lake City. SLC was very pretty. And super clean, like Mormons. Panda asked us to take her to a park so we visited Sugar House Park. We toured around downtown and explored Emigration Canyon. 

The summit, before descent into SLC along Emigration Canyon.

From SLC we headed to Laramie, Wyoming. Traveling with a dog, during a pandemic means we are avoiding eating in restaurants. Laramie is a college town so I found us the Big Hollow Food Coop for some healthy eats. This girl needs her broccoli! Laramie downtown is super cute. Looks a bit like a western movie set, with trendy spas and shops mingled vintage buildings and signage. 

I think that's Shawn Cassidy and David Hasselhoff. . . 

I had no idea that Wyoming is called the Equality State and where women got to vote in the first general elections. Hmmm. . . 

From Laramie we briefly checked out Cheyenne. Another attractive town. 

Onward to Nebraska, staying in Kearny, another college town. Hmmm. . . this town makes me appreciate towns that promote local fare, local makers and revitalizing downtowns. Kearney was more interested in fast food chains and multi-lane roads to funnel people along to said junk food :-(  

Next stop, Des Moines, Iowa. For whatever reason I’ve wanted to check out Iowa. Probably because Iowa came up in our searches when looking for a new town. Stay tuned. . .


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