Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Around the World in Eighty Days, Sort of...
St. Vrain State Park, CO
Photo credit: Sergio
Number of states travelled through? 8 (AR, MO, KS, CO, WY, UT, ID, OR)
Time zones? 3
State Capitols? 4 (Kansas City, Denver, Cheyenne, Boise)
Highest altitude? 8,653 (Wyoming)
Times across the Continental Divide? 2*
Lowest paid for gas? $2.72 (Evanston, WY)
Highest paid for gas? $3.16 (Oakley, KS)
But it isn't over quite yet. We are in a hotel room in Bakers City, OR and have one more day of driving before we are in our new home. Even though the road trip has been interesting, I think we are both ready to see what Portland is like. Thoughts on the trip so far
- We drove Kansas on autopilot and have nothing interesting to say about it.
- Eastern Colorado isn't Colorado, but is in fact Western Kansas.
- People in Boulder seem very happy to be living there.
- St. Vrain State Park is a good example of why Colorado has the reputation it does. Close, nature, cheap, pretty.
- Desolate, creepy, perplexing, and sometimes eerily pretty are all ways of describing Wyoming.
- Chances of us spending much time in Southern Wyoming in the future are slim.
- The Medicine Bow National Forest was very pretty.
- Wyoming is windy and that makes it hard to drive through. Dawn is particularly bad at this.
- The terrain in the west seems to change dramatically every 60 miles or so.
- No matter the changes, there are no naturally growing trees in Wyoming.
- Utah was very pretty, but we spent no time there whatsoever.
- The Great Salt Lake looks very like other large lakes.
- Idaho is pastoral. They also have license plates that say Famous Potatoes.
- Driving with a trailer on your car with a fifteen gallon gas tank requires many stops for gas.
- Stopping at the gas station with the cheapest gas at the exit is like winning a bet.
- The first two cities in Oregon both have breweries, we like Oregon very much.
More trip pics and posts when we get there!
Look for the rainbow, St. Vrain
*The Continental Divide splits and comes back together in central Wyoming creatig a basin, allowing us to pass over it twice.