June 25, 2017

Heading West - Day Three

Day Three:

Rock Springs, Wyoming to Twin Falls, Idaho
364 miles
6.75 hours
Mostly sunny

Had we not had beautiful weather and the gorgeous scenery to admire as we drove, this would have been a pretty boring day. As it was, the leg from Ogden to Twin Falls was not my favorite part.

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Gorgeous red rocks!

The Wasatch Mountains took my breath away with their beauty!

Roosters Brewing Company
Ogden, Utah

Excellent fish tacos and a Junction City Chocolate Stout.

Ogden, Utah

Somewhere in Idaho. It reminded me of Nebraska.

The Snake River
Twin Falls, Idaho

June 23, 2017

Heading West - Day Two

Day Two:

Sidney, Nebraska to Rock Springs, Wyoming
370 miles
7 hours (driving time)
Cold departure, but sunny from Laramie to Rock Springs

We were concerned about a possible delay between Cheyenne and Laramie, due to a late spring snow storm, which left Cheyenne with 8 1/2 inches of snow. However, the road, which had been closed for a couple of days, had reopened and was perfectly clear by the time we were ready to leave Sidney. We had a great lunch (clam chowder and a BLT) at Jeffrey's Bistro in Laramie and an excellent coffee just down the street at Night Heron Bookstore. Cute town!

The drive to Rock Springs was beautiful. We saw lots of wind-turbines, which looked pretty against the snowy hillsides. After settling in at our hotel and checking out recommendations on TripAdvisor, we headed out for dinner. We wound up at Bitter Creek Brewing, which had great beer and decent food. 

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The view from Sierra Trading Post
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Lots of snow!

Heading to Laramie. Love the red rocks!

Delicious clam chowder
Jeffrey's Bistro
Laramie, Wyoming

Excellent coffee! Wish we could've spent more time relaxing here.

Reminded me of The Mill in Lincoln. I would definitely hang out here!

Roadkill and Sweetwater Wheat
Bitter Creek Brewing
Rock Springs, Wyoming

Our goofy waiter!

June 21, 2017

Heading West - Day One

As you probably all know, Rod and I have both retired and moved from Lincoln, Nebraska to Depoe Bay, Oregon. In the next few posts, I will share photos (and journal notes) of our journey west. Enjoy!

Day One:

Lincoln to Sidney, Nebraska
347 miles
6.25 hours (driving time)
Overcast to rain

After almost 25 years in Nebraska (and 17 years in our lovely home on Plymouth Avenue), we are fulfilling our dream to move to the Oregon coast. It's a bittersweet move, but we couldn't be more happy and excited!

The drive was pretty uneventful. It rained almost the entire time. We got used to traveling in tandem, me leading the way in our Chevy Silverado and Rod bringing up the rear in the hulking 20 foot UHaul truck. We used walkie-talkies to communicate with each other, which turned out to be a great idea since my cell phone coverage was pretty much non-existent (thanks, Sprint!).

First stop in York, Nebraska. We always ate at this dive when we were in York for Amy's soccer games. Haven't eaten there in at least 20 years, but every time we drive past York, we stop to take a photo to send to Amy. :)

Yep, this is Nebraska. Lots of open spaces and pretty flat.

More of the same. You can see for miles!

Keeping an eye on this guy, making sure he doesn't get lost!

Very green farmland. Lots of rain this spring.

And, of course, spring weather is always a bit unpredictable. Fortunately, the snow in Wyoming had stopped and the roads were open by morning. 

Relaxing at the end of a long day. 

May 30, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

On my afternoon walk.
Depoe Bay, Oregon

March 26, 2017

Goodbye, Sweet Annie-Dog

You came into our lives when you were most needed, bringing us joy and laughter. I hope you know just how much we loved you and how deeply you are missed. Rest in peace, my sweet Annie-Dog.

Open your heart. Someone will come. Someone will come for you. But first you must open your heart.~ Kate DiCamillo