Electrifying the American Road Trip
- Jan 22, 2021 3:23 am GMT
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In August 1996, my parents, older brother, younger sister, 3-year-old 60-pound dog, and I rented a 20-foot RV and set out on a 10-day road trip from Chicago with the primary destination being Yellowstone National Park. In addition to hiking through the park and observing wildlife, we saw Old Faithful, the Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River, and were up close and personal as a wolf ate our dog’s dinner (but, that’s a story for another time). Our trip took us through South Dakota where we stopped at Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, the Black Hills, and Sturgis. We saw the Grand Tetons in Wyoming, drove through Colorado and saw the Rocky Mountains, elk in Estes Park, and walked across the Colorado River (did you know that in the Rockies the river is only about 20 feet wide and 2 feet deep in some areas?). We even drove through Brady, Nebraska on the way back home, which five-year-old me thought was very cool. Who doesn’t want a city named after them?
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