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Old 06-17-2020, 08:15 PM   #1
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2020 summer trip!

So we decided to have a summer trip, even though Covid is making life really difficult for everyone. We know this will probably be the last trip we take with our oldest daughter who is (maybe) leaving for college this fall, so we decided to go big!

So, we started talking about how to which way to go to get to Rexburg Idaho to visit the college campus while we are traveling. Our initial route had us hitting the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and a quick trip through Death Valley just so we could say we made it California.

Well, that was was quickly modified. The kids wanted to see the west coast and Hollywood, so off we go!

Just FYI, as I wright this we are somewhere between Reno NV, and Salt Lake City.

Initially, we were a little concerned because the trip from home to El Paso was just miserable. The a/c wasnt keeping up and it was getting warm. After a couple of days of rolling across the desert, we finally dropped into the LA area and things got so much more comfortable.

Our bus, Frank, is running great and has performed flawlessly everywhere we've gone. We left LA a couple of days ago and headed up HWY 1 to San Francisco. I had no clue that once you got on it, you were committed for the long haul. Big Sur, San Francisco and on to Lake Tahoe. From there we headed the Bonneville Salt Flats for quick drive onto the salt.

I'll post some pics as I get them uploaded.
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Old 06-17-2020, 08:16 PM   #2
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WTH? Not sure why my pics were posted upside down!
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Old 06-17-2020, 08:19 PM   #3
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Old 06-17-2020, 09:10 PM   #4
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If possible, convert your pics to PNG format before posting. This will fix the rotation problems.
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Awesome road trip! We are still on the fence about traveling due to the current stupidity crisis! Our trip, if it happens, will take us back to my old stompin' grounds in the mid-west. Granite will not be ready, so it will be with the Escalade and the pop-up. I admire your gumption to make this great memory despite all the goofiness' going on. I hope your daughter doesn't suffer too much culture shock from the frozen tundra that Rexburg is in the winter! It's a far cry from anything Texas has to offer! I'm guessing she is attending BYU-I-Do (inside joke) My daughter was choosing between there and LDSBC in SLC. She chose SLC and didn't make it to the end of the first year..... now I have 3 awesome grandkids!

Be careful driving out on the saltflats, it's pretty easy to sink in what looks completely solid, especially this time of year. Keep on bussin' along and making good memories, it's the times like these that get us through the tough times!
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Old 06-18-2020, 12:32 PM   #6
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Well good morning from SLC! Woke up this morning to a wonderful 58* clear sky day. Perfect flying weather, if that's what your into.

We poked around on the road yesterday long enough that we missed stopping by the salt flats. That was something I really wanted to see. So now we are in SLC for a couple of days for a wedding.

While here I need to replace a couple of lights. One lens was drug off by a tree limb in a parking lot. And then we, my wife would says I did it but I say we are team, so we, clipped a guard rail a few days ago coming through LA. Luckily, the only damage was a broken mid turn signal. A quick stop by Flying J and it will be replaced with a brighter and better LED one. My only issue is the one that was broke was riveted on instead of using screws, like a normal install. So, I may have to buy a drill bit (the only thing I don't have w me) or a grinding/cutting wheel for my cordless drill.

JackE, if my brain is working correctly this morning, that inside joke is a thinly veiled inside joke. My wife and I are expecting that. Hopefully, she will get four years in before it happens. Her "boyfriend" will be leaving for his mission this year, so that buys us at least two years, LOL! Yes, BYUI is where shes headed, although she wants to transfer to Provo at some point. We love her, and shes a great girl, but she would not listen when we told her her grades weren't good enough for Provo. Lesson learned, I HOPE.
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Old 06-18-2020, 05:11 PM   #7
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I'm actually headed to SLC tomorrow to pack up my moms stuff and get her moved back home. She has been serving in the FHC there, but all the Senior missionaries were sent home due to Covid. They are having her finish out her year from home doing computer based work. I lived in Rexburg many moons ago when it was Rick's College. It has changed enough since then I don't even recognize the place. The Salt Flats are definitely a sight to behold, if you can manage it before you go home, take the chance to experience it. Another really cool experience, if you have time to make it happen, is to hike up Ensign Peak and watch the sun set over the lake. If you can get up there by 8, you get to watch the city lights come alive as the sun goes to bed. It's pretty cool!
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Old 06-21-2020, 10:27 PM   #8
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On the road again. After a couple of days in SLC, and successfully getting my nephew married and on the road, we've moved a couple of hours north to Rexburg Idaho.

The weather has been nothing short of perfect, and we are taking a little time to tour the campus and housing at BYUI. After a late start today we drove around town a bit and then spent a little time skateboarding around the campus.
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Old 06-21-2020, 10:30 PM   #9
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Saw this guy on the road north yesterday ...IMG_5110.jpg
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Wonderful trip! We'll keep Texas as safe as possible until you return.
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Hmmm, a FULL length shorty...
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Old 06-24-2020, 09:28 PM   #12
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So, a couple of days later and finally back to some cell service. We left Rexburg ID and worked our way over to Jackson Hole. We stopped for a quick snowball fight at the top of the passIMG_5167.jpgIMG_5161.jpg
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Old 06-24-2020, 09:32 PM   #13
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You can zoom in and see Frank watching over our shenanigans from the parking lot.

After a couple of hours in JH, we headed north to Grand Teton NP. I love the mountains and really enjoyed that drive through to Yellowstone. IMG_5200.jpgIMG_5180.jpg
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Old 06-24-2020, 09:43 PM   #14
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After a couple of days in Yellowstone, we are now headed to see Devils Tower, and Mt Rushmore. IMG_5289.jpgIMG_5218.jpg
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Pretty country ... especially this time of year.
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Old 06-25-2020, 06:20 PM   #16
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So first stop this morning was to Mt. Rushmore. It truly is a beautiful place and an amazing monument. Unfortunately they are doing some construction, so we could only get as far as the gift shop. IMG_5299.jpg
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From here we are on to Sioux Falls SD for a high school graduation. Glad to see my nephew getting the chance to cross the stage.

My daughter was really fortunate to be able to have a real graduation back in May. The school found a way to accommodate the social distancing rules and still have the kids walk across the stage. They had the kids choose someone to hand them their diplomas. I was very fortunate to be able to hand her her diploma!
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Cool photo, never seen the monument from quite that angle before. Never noticed the angry monkey to the left of George before.
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I am glad you were able to see the monument. Today, the SD governor stated that the rioters would not be allowed to deface the monument. Perhaps that was the reason for only being able to get to the gift shop.
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I am glad you were able to see the monument. Today, the SD governor stated that the rioters would not be allowed to deface the monument. Perhaps that was the reason for only being able to get to the gift shop.
I've wondered about that from time to time. Either the rioters, or any other group that wants to have the monument 'removed' because of what it represents to them. Seriously, I am so sick of this sh!t. People forget that along with freedom of speech, we have the right to be offended by whatever was said. But being offended does not trump someones freedom of speech.

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