Salt Lake City is a really interesting place, and sad we didn’t take any time to do a little wandering around. As things stood, we were all really ready to get home, so we just crashed and got on the road the next day.
Speaking of roads, I-80 is a good one, and the drive east from Salt Lake is so beautiful.
The scenery between Salt Lake and Gillette, WY was a marked improvement all the way around. And, the rest stops in WY are pretty well maintained as well. I can’t tell you how many we ran across in NV and UT that were closed. The few we saw in NV looked like they out to be closed, even if they weren’t.
We stopped at a rest stop in WY next to a historical sight called Independence Rock.
This was a stop along the Oregon Trail where folks would make camp. There are initials and other things carved into this rock you can still see today. We didn’t take time to go on the hike up to the rock, but it is recommended, and something to scratch off my bucket list in the future.
We made it to Spearfish, SD and stopped for the night at what ended up to be a really good hotel. The price through the service I was going through was really cheap at just $88 per room, so I didn’t expect anything super fabulous, but we ended up with something I never expected: an in room jacuzzi tub!
Ok… I know it does t look like much, but it ended up being a lot of fun. I told The Flirt that it needed bubbles, so he dumped in the little bottle of hotel shampoo into the tub, and when we turned the jets on, KABAM! It was a bubblepalooza!
Oh my goodness, I haven’t laughed like that in a long time! I bet the bubbles ended up being a foot taller than the top of the water, and they were jumping around with the tub jets. What a hoot! There were bubbles everywhere. That is going down as one of my favorite travel memories ever, and I’m grateful it was the last night of our trip.
The next day saw us driving seven hours home, and we were unloaded and on our respective homes by 3 pm that day.
It was a good trip, but I learned some things about myself, and how I’d like to travel going forward. More on that later.
Here’s hoping your return trips from wherever you have been are full of interesting and joyful things. It takes effort to stop and smell the roses when you are tired, but it’s worth it! Blessings all!