Sand Dunes

Sand dune

When Allan and I were married, we went backpacking.  One of our stops was at Ogallala Lake in Nebraska.  It is a park where you can camp on the sand dunes.  Unfortunately, after getting our car stuck (and unstuck) in the sand, we noticed ominous storm clouds, so we ended up in a horrible hotel, made worse because we both really wanted to stay at the dunes.

On this trip, we decided to try staying there again.  After exploring, we could not find anyplace that looked like what we had discovered years ago.  We did learn that nearby Lake McConaughy also had sand dunes that we could camp at, so we stopped there.

The kids enjoyed camping on the beach! If we had more time, we all would have loved to stay and explore for a few days.  It is on our be-sure-to-stop-again list!

Driving Through Iowa

Windmills in Iowa We were able to take just over  a week off for a mini vacation and family reunion in Colorado. We had a lot of fun!  We left after work on Friday night and drove until very late, so we could enjoy a slower pace on Saturday.

We did not stop much until we saw the wind turbines in Iowa.  Megan’s eyes got huge and she called them flowers.

While in Iowa we stopped at the “World’s Largest Truck stop”.  If it had been earlier, I would have taken a picture of all the trucks lined up.  It was a good touristy place to stop, but nothing special except for some really neat old trucks on display.

We visited a pony express cabin and reviewed some of the things we learned in history. The sod house museum nearby had just closed, so we unfortunately missed that.

The kids traveled very well. We enjoyed reading books and listening to stories on tape. The first full day flew by.Cows and Wind Turbins