Monthly Archives: January 2017

Swafford Family Tour de States – Chapter II Part II

This is the second installment about our second cross country trip, focusing on the northwest. In case you missed it: Chapter II part I.

June 25 – Albany OR – Just an overnight stay on the way to Seattle.

I love this picture of the truck in front a big rig… shows just how much we were hauling!

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And once again we finally made it to “the other side!”

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June 26-July 1 – Seattle WA – one of my favorite cities. The first two pictures here are the view from the top of the Space Needle in a restaurant we ate lunch at. We also got coffee from the original Starbucks and visited the fish market.

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We did have a near catastrophe here. Not paying attention at a gas pump, I filled our diesel truck full of unleaded gas! That set us back a few days and caused me a lot of anxiety. That won’t ever happen again!

July 2 – Pendleton OR

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July 3 – Jerome ID – Not a lot going on in Jerome, but one of Amy’s long time Internet friends lived here. She got to meet her face to face and have lunch with her.

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July 4-7 – Yellowstone – there is no way I could describe the beauty of this place, so I took a lot of pictures. One of the things that was striking to me (other than boiling puddles of water) is the grassy forest floors. It was very different than the forests back east. It almost felt like we were walking to the Shire.

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July 8-10 – Billings MT – the battle of Little Big Horn. RIP General Custer. He’s not actually buried here but this is where he fell as he was surrounded by Indians (Native Americans).

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July 11-15 – Rapid City SD – lots going on in this area. We did a drive through tour of the Badlands, went to Devil’s Tower, and Mt. Rushmore. Amy really loved this area.

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July 16-17 – Bismarck ND – we camped in Bismarck but we stayed here just to take a day trip up to Minot, which is not too far from the Canadian border. The remarkable thing about Minot (“Magic City”) is that I was born there! And there is a cool Stave church.

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July 18 – Nowhere MT

July 19-23 – Minneapolis MN – Mall of America!! And we timed it just right so that we were here over Ailsa’s birthday. What else could a girl want other than to be in the biggest mall in America on her birthday with some spending money??

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July 24-26 – Madison WI – home of “House on the Rock.” That place is insane.

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July 27-28 – Elkhart IN – just a stop over. We were going to see where Zinger travel trailers are made but unfortunately the timing didn’t work out. They only did public tours on certain days of the week.

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July 29-31 – Dayton OH – birthplace of Orville and Wilbur Wright. We met up with Amy’s long time friend Tanya to tour the Wright bicycle shop and a museum, as well as the Cincinnati zoo.

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Aug. 1-2 – Wytheville VA – we were getting into familiar territory here. We took a day to do a little day hiking on the AT so that Jamie could finish his hiking merit badge.

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Aug. 3 – HOME.

What an amazing journey. The best part was the time with the family, completely disconnected from the rest of the world. I miss that more than anything.