From Salt Lakes to Hot Springs

Trip Start Apr 14, 2010
Trip End May 01, 2010

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

We had another really long drive today, almost 800 miles.   We started early and took a break in Salt Lake City.  My computer has given me a lot of problems.  And My keyboard is shot. I am writing everything with a pen and it often misinterprets my writing.... editing is a real pain.  Also my portable hard drive is shot.  I think all the bumping during the ride didn't do it any favors. Thank God for SD drives. 

On these long drives we found that flour tortillas are the perfect food.  Anything goes in flour tortilla to hand to the driver.  Today it was leftover salad and ham and when that ran out it was French fries and BBQ Chicken in a wrap.  Its a great way to use up leftovers.

We are finding ways of entertaining ourselves. First, I love reading your comments to the kids... we really appreciate them.  Attached is a video of James entertaining us. I am also reading Short stories out loud from a book I picked up at one of the parks, The title is "oh, Ranger" its a lot of fun and reminds me of the stories Pops used to tell. 

Around noon we stopped to stretch our legs. I was itching for a walk so we pulled into a park.   Even the city parks have beautiful views.  We cleaned the shoes some more and then headed straight north.  We had to change our plans a bit because the south entrance road to Yellowstone was closed. So we headed slightly west and decided to try to find something on the way to the West entrance.  We heard about some hot springs and decided to go there.  Looking back - Great choice!   First we were hungry ...I needed a cooking break so we pulled into the chuck wagon resturant and all of us ate a filling meal for $28 dollars. We had burgers, fried steak, potato skins and Onion Rings.

then... off to the Hot Springs.  they are totally natural, warmed by the earth's lava and there is no re-circulation of the water. Just once - through.  There are about 5 different pools and the further you go upstream... the hotter it gets.  The temperatures are ..."for kids"... "warm"..."warmer"... "hot".... and "lobsta".

We were really warm and comfortable. It was awesome! There is so much thermal warmth that they used the water to radiantly heat the floors in the changing rooms and in the parking lot.  We met some really nice people while we were there... Shyanne her daughter, and her daughter's friend live in the next town over and told us about her town of Soda.   More about that in tomorrows blog.  Thanks for the info Shyanne and Alexa!

My favorite road sign:
A small barn on the side of the road with a Small fenced yard... on the roof was written:
Almosta Ranch

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Grammy on

When I go to RI with Nana she will read me stories while we are on the road--usually from the Chicken Soup books. It really helps to pass the time and it is so much fun! Maybe the kids can do a book report on one of those books?? Enjoyed your leftover tip. Pita pockets would probably work too. This is the first time I've seen the girls in their new swim suits. You have taken some nice photos along the way :-) Can I put in my order for a souvenir? Can you bring me back one of those hot springs--the warmer one not the lobsta. Thanks! Love ya!

Margaret on

Wow , I thought the hot springs would be different . It almost looks like a hotel pool that is even better than I pictured....oh so much fun, fun, fun! The chuckwagon looks good the mini burgers at so cute.....Did James get his
Fruit Loops yet?

Cheryl on

What an adventure and I feel like I am with you. Once you get into Yellowstone look for Yogi and Boo Boo and see what kind of good food you can get out of their picnic basket! The springs look very inviting. Can't imagine how warm and inviting the water is. Brian should soak in it after all that driving.

Craig on

Nice video James. You are awesome!!!

Naomi on

Alisa you make me laugh! I like how descriptive your blog is. I do feel like I am in on the journey... but I don't have to sit in the RV for 800 miles...
Thanks for all entries even though it is time consuming without a real keyboard!
Love you guys!!!

papaHugo on

For me, reading this album is like taking little short vacations every day. We are going to Yosemite after the Ken's wedding -- What does Katie suggest? Yosemite is is pretty big and we only have a couple of days.

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