Have We Lost Our Minds?
Pregnant with our fourth child, my husband has a moment of inspiration and suggests a cross-country family trip during maternity leave.
George sprang up at 3:00 am and helped clean up myself and Brogden. Sharing a bed meant he was close enough to hear the startling sound. Biscuit left her bed in favor of Brogden's side around 8:45 am. She was the most excited about staying in a cabin. The girls love looking out the window at the view and horse stables.
Shower caused me to be thankful that baby got sick. It was the best shower of the trip. Partly since I was alone and mostly because of the water pressure. Loaded up to roll out at 10:00 am.
Recommendation for breakfast was the Cowboy Cafe down the street. All girls requested eggs like at church, bacon, and a biscuit. They dug in when it came and Bubble exclaimed, "These eggs remind me of Papa!" Cowboys did indeed frequent the cafe. Several dined with us. Biscuit recorded a Hungry Girl.
Six plus hours to Rushmore. Reserved a tent spot at KOA and we will visit the park tomorrow morning. Easy ride through Wyoming today, allowing me to enjoy my new favorite state. Horses here have no idea how lucky they are for these views.
I take the time to repaint my toenails. Why? Priorities. Bubble asked me to do hers. Might have to make time tonight. Tiny and I take rests after a gas and potty break. She looks more comfy than I feel.
About time that we all need a break from the car. George took an exit for the Wyoming Pioneer Museum and what we found was the State Fair. I do love a Fair and since it was the first day... free admission. That was all she wrote. We checked it out. Bubble and Biscuit held a Rex, saw a high electricity safety demonstration, collected free safety coloring books for the car, and steak sandwiches for dinner. Nice break from the car for a bit. Loaded back up and the girls selected Charlotte's Web since they came from a fair.
State line photo ops times two. Wyoming and South Dakota. Missed Wyoming once in Yosemite zooming to Norris Campground. Chance for another wish of mine to come true. Picture in the middle of a long empty road. George did not like it one bit. I was not allowed a redo to move over a foot to see the long empty road. Boo. It was fun to be completely alone as far as the horizon each way.
KOA Resort! Oh. My. Goodness. First impression. Looks like an old mining town with store fronts offering expresso, wine, and fudge. George heads to registration and I find a trash can for diaper explosion. There is a full color magazine to welcome us and provide a map of the grounds.
Two pools, multiple playgrounds, mini golf, climbing wall, mining station. Live music on a stage and probably more that I cannot see in the dark. George sets up the tent and the girls go with me to explore. Find Zootopia playing.
Girls watch for a bit until one has to go to the bathroom. Find Comfort Station #2 nearest us. Tiny pees in her underwear walking there. In the course of my time in the bathhouse, Biscuit choked Tiny, Bubble ran in and out of every room, Tiny came out with soap all over her hands and rubbed it in Bubble's hair, all while I am attempting to change a dirt diaper on a bench that Brogden is sliding off of since there is no diaper changing table at this family campground. Maybe all the other infants stay in RVs, trailers, or cabins. Maybe I am the only crazy person to tent camp with a baby. Doubt it.
Two bathrooms and still no diaper changing wall thing. Honestly, this sours my attitude more than it should. Drive down to pick up pizza and a salad for a late dinner and a seven mile drive to see Rushmore illuminated against the night sky.
Parking is private and $10. Pull into the pay station and no one to collect money. George figured it was the San Francisco Zoo parking being paid forward. Park is quiet and nice. Girls get the lay of the land to complete Junior Ranger packet tomorrow. Plan is to go to All You Can Eat pancakes at the KOA then Rushmore and back to the campground for the girls to enjoy the Fun Zone.
Tiny and Brogden stay up with us at the campfire. First fire of the trip. One bundle of wood came with the site. Love this KOA. And Tiny loves glow sticks.
Steps taken: 11,627
Miles driven: 441.3
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Mother of four children living up the maternity leave from the job of an agriculture teacher.