Sunday – July 12
I might have found another favorite national park. First its cold. At least it was cold when we were there. We had our heaters running overnight. Second, its absolutely beautiful. Third, its crowded – very crowded. But there are still spots you can find solitude and solace. It reminded me a bit of the Smoky Mountains and Yosemite wrapped into one. Unfortunately, we ended our stay a day early to get home and possibly cut down some of our drive time. It certainly is a place I’d like to return to. Not to mention, the top of Rocky Mountain NP was BLUSTERY and FREEZING! There are spots you can find snow still on the ground. There are animals everywhere. We saw lots of elk, and two huge bull moose right in our campground.
Itinerary: Adams Falls, Trail Ridge Road, Bear Lake, Nymph Lake, Holtzwart Historic Site
Monday – July 13
We found hell on earth, and its in Oakley, KS. Some parts are ‘amber waves of grain.’ But where we stayed was awful. HOT HOT HOT. The grass is crunchy. And you track in these burrs that you constantly end up stepping on the rest of the day. Poor Dorothy.
Route: Grand Lake, CO to Oakley, KS
Campground: High Plains Camping
Time: Left 8:00 MT. Arrived 4:10 CT 7hrs 10 Mins
Tuesday – July 14
You can’t pass through Kansas City without hitting some BBQ – especially when the BBQ is in a gas station. Can we say burnt ends and ribs?
Route: Oakley, KS to Danville, MO (VIA Joe’s Kansas City BBQ)
Campground: Lazy Day Campground – One of the nicest we’ve stayed at.
Time: Left 6:45 CT. Arrived 3:45 CT 9hrs.
Wednesday – July 15
You can’t pass Culver’s without getting custard. It is absolutely the BEST!
Route: Danville, MO to Milton, WV
Campground: Huntington/Fox Fire KOA
Time: Left 7:45 CT. Arrived 6:20 ET 9hrs 35mins.