Tuesday, July 2, 2013
We visited many gorgeous places on our journey to Indiana. Each time we stopped, the kids posed the same question, "How much longer to Grandma & Grandpa's house?" The Prius was just as happy as the kids to finally reach our destination and relieved to have a pleasant resting place.
Monday, July 1, 2013
We are blessed to have such a great extended family in the midwest. My dad is one of 5 children and my mom is one of 10. Our timing with this trip was perfect, allowing us to attend the Snap graduation party and the next day, a pool party at my cousin Kathy's home.
The next day, we travelled to my cousin Kathy's house in St. John, Indiana. We enjoyed the warmth of the day, had a BBQ, and reconnected with dear cousins, aunts, and uncles.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
We drove and we drove and we drove and finally, we arrived at a much anticipated destination: Kelly's home in central Indiana.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
And now, we enter the incredibly boring part of the trip. Kansas. Flat. Long. And the potential for really nasty weather. I am keeping my eye on the weird clouds in the sky and keeping my fingers crossed that no funnel clouds form.
Glenwood Springs, CO. What a lovely town! As an anniversary gift to each other, we stayed one night at the Glenwood Hot Springs. This hotel has an outdoor mineral hot springs pool and they boast that it is the "world's largest."
From their information booklet and various plaques around the hotel, I learned that the hot springs were a frequent visiting location for the Ute Native Americans. The Ute believed the springs cured illnesses and named it Yampah, meaning "Big Medicine."
In 1881, the Ute signed a treaty with the US Government and were relocated to a reservation. They retained hunting rights in the area and often returned, even as the white man's presence at the hot springs increased. In 1888 a bathhouse was constructed and the white man officially took over.