After 11 days, 10 states, 4200 miles, and 8 National Parks/Monuments, all I have to say is AMAZING! Sorry for the lack of updates on our website, but I got a little preoccupied the the last couple of weeks helping my wife plan, and enjoy the most amazing vacation our family has been on.
Our trip was a combination of seeing parents and grandparents and seeing the marvels of the Western United States. We started off meeting up with my grandma in Loveland, CO and enjoying the beautiful foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The we proceeded to the Panhandle of Nebraska to see my grandpa and parents, and also took in a couple of the icons of the Oregon Trail (Scottsbluff National Monument and Chimmey Rock). Then we blazed off to see some of the picturesque areas areas of the Black Hills (Mount Rushmore and Wind Cave), the Grand Tetons/Jackson Hole, Craters of the Moon in Arco, ID, and the vastness of country in between. I recommend every stop!
We took a few days in Boise, ID to visit my wife's father and grandmother, while taking in several of the attractions in the Boise area. What a wonderful area and city! After our little rest, we headed South to Arches National Park in Moab, UT. All I can say is it is a MUST SEE! That same day we took in the Mesa Verde National Park in Cortez, CO. Also a must see. Even pictures can't explain the beauty of these places.
Last stop on the trip took us to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. Self proclaimed the 8th Wonder of the World, I have to agree. Again, pictures can not explain.
I know we passed so many of our friends and fellow cattlemen in our travels, and I truly apologize for not getting a chance to stop and say hi, but we did take in, and appreciated the beauty you live in every day. I do have to add that on our trip, we saw several projects at several national parks financed by the Economic Recovery Act, and it made me so happy to see these dollars going towards these parks, allowing people world-wide a better chance to enjoy the rare creations God gave to America and the World.