On the road again..Just can’t help but be on the road again.
Ok, I know this isn’t the real lyrics to the song but it is how I feel about life right now. LOL! This week we hit the road and headed out East to explore a ton of National Parks. We are working on getting updated photos, visiting new parks and having random and fun adventures together.
The goal is to get a ton of great info that we can share on John’s blog ParkRangerJohn.com over the next few months. We want to make sure the blog is filled with great National Park info that helps you plan your family vacations.
First I know you need to see a kitten pic or 3. LOL! And I am happy to show them off! They are just so dang cute!
Bandit …oh so dang cute!
Pipsqueak aka Squeaky P showed up for a few minutes early this week. Though he now likes to sleep on the couch at night but the moment I get up in the morning all I see is a grey streak of fur run by heading downstairs.
The wildfire smoke in Spokane was horrible this week. We were at an unhealthy air quality level with some areas experiencing hazardous levels of smoke.
We decided this was the perfect reason to head east and explore some new parks.
EARLY Wednesday morning we hopped in the Jeep and headed East.
I am pretty sure it will not be a surprise that our first stop was Cracker Barrel! We had to fuel up for the road.
I am not sure I am ready for Christmas…didn’t Pumpkin Spice Latte’s just start!
Our 1st National Park site we visited was Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site! We spent some time exploring the ranch and taking a ton of photos. Check out all of the pics and info on this National Park Site on John’s site here -> Grant Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site.
After a fuel up of Chai tea we were back on the road heading to Billings, Montana for our 1st night.
I am randomly obsessed with the little figures that pop up when you cross the state line using Google maps. I always try to snap a pic or screen shot of them.
On our way to our 2nd National Park Site we bounced between North Dakota and Montana so I ended up getting both of the figures. It is truly the little things that excite you when you have been in the car for 4 hours and your butt is starting to get numb from riding in the car.
Our 2nd National Park site was Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Park. This park was really interesting and fun to explore. We will have a post up on John’s site within the next week or so with a ton of photos.
Thursday night we finally saw a sunset. We spent the next two nights in Dickinson, North Dakota.
Have you ever had a dinner that you just can’t believe is so bad that they charged you for it. We went to a local pizza place in Dickinson and let’s just say that the best part of dinner was the ice water. We definitely did not go back a 2nd time.
On our way to our 3rd National Park site we saw Salem Sue, the world’s largest Holstein cow! She looks out over the freeway and city below.
We had to take a few minutes to drive up and check her out. We found out that she is a Lion’s Club project which was super cool.
Our next National Park Site was Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site in North Dakota. If I am being honest I went into this park with very low expectations. I left loving it and I am pretty sure it is one of my top 3 historic sites we have visited. Plus I earned my Junior Ranger badge which is always fun.
From Knife River we headed to Theodore Roosevelt National Park! This was the 42 of 59 National Parks that John and I have visited together. We are trying to count how many of the 417 we have been to still.
The park was absolutely amazing! I may have spent about 2 hours photographing prairie dogs and wild horses. Poor John started downloading photos and couldn’t stop shaking his head at how many prairie dog pics I took. I just couldn’t help myself.
We spent the night in Dickinson again and started the day with some life stuff. As soon as we got to Montana this week the oil change light popped up on the Jeep. We decided to get an oil change and pick up groceries for the road trip….
And then this happened during our shopping trip. We just couldn’t help but try on these furry head masks while wandering the store.
I am not sure Dickinson, North Dakota knew what hit it!
After picking up life essentials we were off to Theodore Roosevelt for a few hours before heading south towards South Dakota!
I did pick up my Junior Ranger badge from Theodore Roosevelt while we were there. I can’t let John be the only Ranger in house.
We had to stop and take pics in Bowman, North Dakota as we drove by. It is not every day you see a guy riding a missile on top of a fire truck.
Woot! Our 5th state of the trip and a new Google Map figure! I am such a dork but these make me giggle.
We drove through Sturgis, South Dakota and I can’t even imagine close to 500K people visiting in the span of a week for the motorcycle rally. Just plain amazing and crazy at the same time.
Saturday night was spent in Rapid City as we get ready to explore more parks including Mount Rushmore, Wind Cave, Badlands, Jewel Cave and so many more!
Keep an eye out on Instagram for pics and stories on our adventures!