Well, we didn't really do much wandering on gravel roads, but it is a pretty picture! After that wonderful quilt show in Sisters, we had to turn our attention to getting back to our home sweet home. Bob had a very important and crucial commitment to be back for on 8/21. Golf. Yes, the golf guys had an outing planned, and just like my wish to be at the quilt show, this golfing escapade was not to be missed!
We had to cross through eastern Oregon, into Idaho, then across Wyoming and South Dakota before we could cross the Minnesota state line. The map below shows an outline of most of our trip. The little green marker marks "Home". All those other little markers are the places we camped, until the letter "Y". At the time I was making the map, I wasn't sure which way we would come back across SD. The little checkered flag marker is on Glenwood, MN, which we knew would be our last night before home.
I don't think I have talked about our driving plan before. One of the things that Bob and I have realized is that although we have taken many road trips, we have usually been hell bent on getting to our destination. Then we have a week or so of vacation, and wait until the last possible moment to get back home before our vacation ends. And interstate highways have been our friend!
Now, vacation time has morphed into "new life experiences away from home"! There's no big hurry to get anywhere, so we can stop and smell the roses. We decided that on this trip, we would limit our daily drives to no more than 250 miles, and avoid interstates whenever that would be reasonable. We pretty much succeeded, I think we did have a day of about 300 miles somewhere, but for the most part we stuck in the 200-250 range. That makes such a difference! We don't have to plan what time to get up, pack up, arrive and get parked again in a new spot. We also did very little with advance reservations. Most of the time, we just had a rough idea of where we could go each day in our mileage range that would keep us moving in the right direction. Then while we were driving we would look up possible campgrounds and make some phone calls. We did, however, try to plan ahead for the weekends and 4th of July, because campgrounds were often booked up for those times. We didn't always end up in our ideal locations for those times, but with a little scouting around, we were never left stranded. Plus, we had the ability to just find a spot for boondocking (aka dry camping, freedom camping) with the battery power and water from the trailer.
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The drive across the prairies in Wyoming and South Dakota were inspirational to me. I have always liked the wide open spaces, and didn't really understand why people driving across the prairies would say that they couldn't wait to get through because there was nothing to see for miles and miles. I guess my brain has always delighted in the opposite of that, feeling that from out in the open I can see everything for miles and miles! It's the old half-full vs.half-empty conundrum! I hope maybe next time you are out in the wide open spaces, you will look out the windows and see that you really can see everything! Maybe you will even get out of the car and feel the ever present wind on your face, and wonder where that wind came from before it got to you.
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