Sunday, April 8, 2012

Day Eleven: A Waterfall, Horse Back Ride, Indiana and Back on the Road

In the morning Scott rolled over and said, “Guess what time it is?” We had slept in until 10:00! Apparently that fresh mountain air made for good sleeping. We stopped at the Visitor Center for Annelies’ 18th Jr. Ranger badge.

We hiked to Cataract Falls where the girls had a good time walking in the river and across fallen trees. It was a beautiful day.

We left GSM and drove toward Townsend Center to a place called Next to Heaven, for a trail ride in the mountains. This was an unguided trail, and I thought it would be fun for the girls to ride in the mountains. The best part turned out to be meeting the family that had gotten on the trail just before us. Their horses had stopped to eat, and they couldn’t get them going. Paradis and Annelies shared their riding experience with the family, and got them down the hill. We shared a lot of laughter going down that mountain.

After that adventure, we hit the road at 3:30pm for a straight shot back to Minnesota. We had 988 miles to reach our home in Victoria, and planned on stopping only to sleep. Paradis and Annelies slept for the first few hours, not sure what that was all about. I guess they are just plain worn out!

At this point, it is only fair to mention Scott does all the driving, and he is amazing. Driving a 30 foot RV isn’t a simple task. There were two situations where I almost peeed my pants, trying to turn around in a spot not made for our vehicle. But Scott was great. He is always cool and calm. Unlike when I become my own mother and start yelling, “I can’t look .. I can’t look ..!” At one point I had to get out of the vehicle, as I was confident it was going to tip over.

People ask us all the time about our gas mileage. As I mentioned before, we are getting about 6.3 to 7.3 miles per gallon. It depends on the driving conditions and use of the generator, which runs on gas. The prices fluctuate greatly throughout our travels, from $3.66 in Kentucky to $4.00 in Iowa.

We made it into Indiana late, so we shook the girls up from their electronics long enough to get out for our state sign shot. That was state #13 on this trip, #28 total. It was dark, so the sign was reflecting off my flash!

We stopped at a Wal-Mart in Lebanon. Indiana, that is. We drove 458 miles for the day; only 530 remain until we reach Minnesota. We are all a little sad to be coming home (sorry friends). 

Day Eleven: 458 miles (3,411 total); $264.90 on gas ($1,906.11 total); 2 states (13 total); $0 Lodging  ($52 total); $16 Souvenirs ($360.87 total); $141 Tourist Traps ($839.81 total); $4 Redbox  ($26 total); 0 fights (0 total); 1 injuries (1 total)

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