Route 66 Recalls

Trip Start Jun 30, 2011
Trip End Jul 09, 2011

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

It's our last leg of the trip and I am already looking back on favorites, bad calls, unexpected sites, and quirky memories. It really was 3 different pieces and they were too different to compare. However, each had their great moments and I am glad to have done them all.
SD was more beautiful and moving than I had anticipated. We tried hard not to fall into tourist traps but wound up sitting on a life-size triceratops any way! And mini golfing in a glow in the dark walk thru music's colorful history. Our days there gave us a taste and left us anxious for more some day soon. The Sioux Falls need to be climbed on, Crazy Hourse's monument will have to be a little more completed for our next visit, and we will know not to choose the Comfort Inn Hill City....ever again.
WY was barely visited and doesn't even warrant a review, except to say that we will forever be grateful for our connection to Marriott.
CO is my new favorite place. It just feels so clean and healthy and open for unlimited exploring. If we ever come into millions of extras dollars there could be a few dropped in this state so we have a mountain retreat. My hubby took a risk throwing out a "wild hair" plan when he wanted to escape the extreme heat of an outdoor baseball game in July, but it was the perfect idea and we will never forget our drive thru Vail Pass and back along Scenic 24 to CO Springs. Our CO Springs hotel had the best pool and I know the kids would have enjoyed our original plan to spend 2 nites (IN A ROW) at this spot. We loved our train ride and got out to explore a little before driving but if I could do it again I would suggest saving the Academy and Gods for another visit so we could reach Amarillo by dinner. This would have allowed the whole first day on the Route to be spent exploring instead of getting such a late start. We only had 1 state plus half the TX panhandle to cover but it needed more time. Hind site!!
TX showed us a grand canyon that we didn't know existed and a steak we had no chance of finishing. We also found a moving cross and Bible statue park, and drove past many towns put to rest by interstate.
OK had a moving memorial, cool bones, fun soda, a plethora of wineries, and Route museums for next time. S
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