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Travel Log – May 2013

0000 – Trip odometer (re)set as we left home in Washington DC on a 2-1/2 week adventure.

0001 – Entered Maryland

0160 – Entered Pennsylvania

0254 – Entered West Virginia

0267 – Entered Ohio (obviously only crossed a very small part of WV!)

0500 – Entered Indiana

0650 – Entered Illinois

0805 – Entered Missouri

0927 – Stopped for the night in Columbia, MO.

1058 – Entered Kansas

1490 – Entered Colorado

1837 – Stopped at friend’s cabin in Creede, CO for 5 days.

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Hummingbird mania off the back deck! Make sure you have your sound on – they were noisy!

2080 – 5 days and many good meals and bottles of wine later – Entered Utah

2177 – Visited Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah.

One of the Natural Bridges

One of the Natural Bridges

Cliff dwellings visible near bottom left side.

Cliff dwellings visible near bottom left side.

2311 – Visited Capitol Reef National Park in Utah.

From the park service brochure: ” capitol for the white domes of Navajo Sandstone that resemble capitol building domes, and reef for the rocky cliffs which are a barrier to travel, like a coral reef.”

Notice the car on the road in front of us to get a size perspective of this area.

Notice the car on the road in front of us to get a size perspective of this area.

Petroglyphs on the cliff walls

Petroglyphs on the cliff walls

Panorama

Panorama

Fruit orchards which the Mormons planted and the National Park Service now tend.

Fruit orchards which the Mormons planted in the 1800s and the National Park Service now maintain. Pies available at the park store!

2683 – Entered Idaho

2835 – visited Craters of the Moon National Monument. This is a huge area of cinder cones and lava rock which flowed as recently at 2000 years ago.

Lava

Lava

"Splatter" cone

“Splatter” cone

And more lava!

And more lava! As far as you could see.

3055 – Entered Montana  – where we spent 5 days opening and repairing our family “retreat”.

3318 – Visited Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

Me among the geysers

Me – among the geysers

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Hot pot

This elk walked right by our car and didn’t pay any attention to my talking to it.

Bison were everywhere! Including the road.

Lots of bison babies too!

Lots of bison babies too!

3710 – Back in Montana

Group of Elk

Group of Elk

Beautiful Sunset

Beautiful Sunset

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

4170 – Entered N. Dakota

4625 – Entered Minnesota

4790 – Entered Wisconsin

5080 – Entered Illinois – where we visited with family.

Lindsey shows off her finished quilt - which she just finished binding.

Lindsey shows off her quilt – which she just finished binding.

5213 – Entered Indiana

5366 – Entered Ohio

5615 – Entered Pennsylvania

5803 – Entered Maryland

5893 – Home in DC. Whew! What a trip. Almost 6000 miles.

(And my husband and I are still talking to one another!)

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