In a good way…
We caught an Astros game Thursday, giving Goosey and I our second ballpark on our trip. We’re going to try to make all 30 at some point, and it was my first game in a domed stadium. We had seats in the first row of the upper deck and they felt like we were right on top of the action; we were literally looking straight down on the action and had a direct sightline into the batters box.
We’ve had a lot of fun in the last two-and-a-half weeks here on the Gulf of Mexico but are really excited to get moving on Monday. We’ve been to the beach so many times… It’ still awesome, but we’re ready for a change of scenery. We will have spent 19 nights here by the time we leave, primarily due to not knowing just how long it was going to take to set up our domicile in Texas, get our licenses, transfer insurance and bank accounts, etc.
It turned out to take about two days to do all that, but with reports from some full-time travelers of the process taking a month, we wanted to be in Texas long enough to make sure we took care of everything.
After heading south for the first part of the trip, we will be backtracking a bit on the way north over the coming weeks, covering about 1700 miles and hopefully finding ourselves at Mount Rushmore in mid-July. It will be a nice change to move from the 90-degree, high-humidity climate down here to cooler temperatures in Big Sky country.
Monday morning we’ll head east through Louisiana, staying the night in Eunice before heading north through Arkansas.
We plan to stop at various places along the way spending the night in El Dorado (Confederate Monument) and Little Rock, Ark. (hopefully hitting up the Arkansas Railroad Museum and the Museum of Automobiles in Morrilton, Ark.) before two nights in the Ozarks while staying in Oak Grove, Ark. I remember this area from reading Where the Red Fern Grows when I was a kid and we’re all looking forward to seeing some waterfalls and getting back to the mountains for a few days.
We won’t get too comfortable though, we will be right back on the road traveling through Merriam, Kan. (The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures!) and Nebraska City, Neb. (Henry Doorly Zoo) before setting up for three nights in Sioux Falls, S.D. Ace will be stoked if our plans to stop at the Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed on the way to Sioux Falls work out.
The final leg of the trip to Mount Rushmore, 370 miles to western South Dakota, will be a long one since the kids start getting real antsy after about four hours of driving. We’ll be there for six nights though, so hopefully the allure of being somewhere for that long will keep spirits high as we race west. There’s a ton of stuff to do there and it should be a great week.
Thanks to everyone who’s following along, we hope to see or hear from all of you at some point!