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August 3rd, 2015 at 03:08 pm

Lots has happened and I'm still really busy. Right now we are still on "vacation" but there is a lot to accomplish. I can't believe we did it. We traveled cross country with the kids and left everything we knew behind including a job and money. The house sold smoothly and we are in a new phase of life.

But I have to say our trip was amazing and spectacular. It was a once in a lifetime experience and something I don't know we'll ever have the opportunity to do again. I hope I can get these photos uploaded. This has been a struggle so I apologize for the non sequential order of photos.

I want to say we unfortunately missed glacier national park because of a forest fire. But we did other great things. I also have to say my perfect photo came at Bighorn National Forest (for everyone in Wyoming you live in BEAUTIFUL place). But I loved the Grand Tetons probably the most.

And once we crossed into Washington as we drove through the Rockies my DH said he felt he'd come home. He missed seeing his Rockies and felt happier. I can't explain the feeling of belonging. You can't tell me the Pacific NW has bad weather because I embrace it. It just fit us. I can't explain this feeling.

Sounds nuts but quite a few relatives live in the area and have told me they love it. They miss Hawaii but at the same time it feels like home. And I know exactly what they are saying. I felt it. I stepped into a place where I belonged. And my DH just kept pointing out stuff he'd done as a child in the area. I think we're home for better or worse. This is it for us.

Badlands national park

Badlands National Park with Car

Bighorn National Forest

Bison herd Custer State Park

Bison by our car

Corn Palace Mitchell

Coeur d'Alene

Crazy Horse Memorial

Bighorn National Forest Lake we camped at. I cried when I saw this. I actually have a picture of the family standing there in awe. It was a perfect moment. I'll consider uploading maybe later.

Grand Tetons

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mount Rushmore

Mackinac Island (Cool no vehicles)

Fort Mackinac

Soo Locks

Gouda!!!

Picture Rocks Lakefront Amazing

Old Faithful

Crystal Cave

I'll summarize what our costs were when I figure it out. I will also discuss our situation for food and arriving.

11 Responses to “Trip thoughts”

  1. Petunia 100 Says:

    Beautiful! I love a good road trip. Smile

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    You know, I have lived in WA state my entire life and I had no idea the Rockies touched the state at all. I had to look it up to see where. Learn something knew every day. I've even been there! I think I just thought it was all part of the Cascades.

  3. laura Says:


    Wow! You saw a lot! Thanks for sharing! So happy for you with the experience you had. Hope you are able to get settled soon! Smile

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    Beautiful! So happy for you. I've been to many of those places. The views are amazing.

  5. Carol Says:

    So glad that you are happy with your move and feel at home. It's a good feeling. I enjoyed your pictures-- they brought back happy memories of our long ago trip across the country.

  6. LAL Says:

    I have more and many funny ones I'm not comfortable sharing. Petunia it was great.

    LR just a brush. But coming over them made my DH's day.

    Laura it was so wonderful. We'll get settled in 1 month exactly. LOL.

    CCF I am so glad we did it. Thanks for all the help and encouragement.

    Carol the pictures are a smidge of what it was like. Quite a few friends were reminiscining with me on facebook.

  7. PNW Mom Says:

    I'm in the Pacific NW myself...(Portland area) and honestly couldn't imagine living anywhere else...except maybe near a sandy white beach. The Tetons were absolutely one of my most favorite places ever.....I just couldn't get over their beauty.

    Glad you had such an awesome experience with your family!

  8. livingalmostlarge Says:

    Everything was lovely PNW. I had a great time. I am ready to go back to some parts. LOL. But I am also dying to explore where we are.

    Lucky Robin I think we'll be heading your way soon. Want to go to San Juan and the Orcas.

  9. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Beautiful pictures! Looks like a wonderful trip full of great memories.

  10. MonkeyMama Says:

    I saw the family picture as you were posting this entry (you published it at some point) and it was absolutely breathtaking. I am glad the trip went so well and that you found your HOME.

  11. livingalmostlarge Says:

    Thanks I am reluctant but it really is a perfect picture and one I think is going on the christmas card. It's a photo I can't believe I got. It captured the essence of the trip for us.

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