IDAHO Saturday and Sunday

It’s Saturday morning and time to leave our home away from home.  With the towels in the laundry room, bedsheets stripped, trash tossed and kitchen cleaned we departed at 8:30 a.m.   We all had a great time and created some good family memories. This vacation was a good balance of activities and chill time.  Our trip to Idaho (from California) provided us the opportunity to see four states; Nevada, Utah, Idaho and Wyoming.

Saturday morning

The first order of business was to fill Shorty’s  tank with ⛽ petrol,  and dump the black 💩 tank before we hit the road. Once that was done and everyone was settled in we hit the highway; interstate 15 will get us 🏡 home.

Typical Idaho sights; we passed a potato 🥔  museum just beyond Idaho Falls on our way to Blackfoot.  We passed corn 🌽 fields just before Pocatello. We saw plenty of silos and bales and bales of hay. 

Silos, filled with??🤷🏽‍♀️
Bales of hay.

Lunch of leftovers was had in a gas station parking lot in Maiad City, ID.  We hit the Utah state line about 1:30 p.m.  Craig had been driving since 8:30 this morning, when he gets tired I take over.

A lighthouse, in Idaho. Forgot what city tho…
Welcome!👋🏼

I began driving about  3 p.m.  I enjoy driving on the open road, it gives me a certain feeling of freedom, kind of like when I used to go jogging or when I ride my bike down a hill with the wind in my face, that kind of feeling.😁

Beautiful open highway
Rain in the distance.
Clouds began to roll in. We got a little rain.

Interstate 15 was a nice drive, until I got to a mountain pass between St. George, UT and Mesquite,  NV. Initially it wasn’t too bad, but then it began to get dusky, and then DARK, with windy roads.😳  (I don’t like driving in the dark. Nor do I like driving in the mountains – especially in the dark.  My vision is not what it used to be, even with my 🤓glasses.)  Once it got dark in that mountain pass I wanted to pull over and let Craig take the wheel, but he was in the back resting his eyes, AND those dang pull outs were few and far between!  And, and, (yes, two ‘ands’ on purpose) I had big rigs on my tail, some went around me, (yea, I was driving slow, IT WAS DARK!)  ANYWAY,  when I did see a pull out it was typically too late to try to get off because I was afraid that the big rig behind me wouldn’t be able to slow down in time and I didn’t want to cause an accident.  I guess those big rig drivers know the roads well because they took the hills and turns with such speed and confidence. I slowed quite a bit on the turns because I was unfamiliar with them. It was a white knuckle drive for me, FOR SURE!🥺  I had my playlist 🎶 on, I was singing but in my head I was praying for safe travels.  Pardon me, but  I grew some balls on that drive!! 🤭 (Figuratively speaking of course.) I definately tested my driving skills, that is for dang sure! My family had no idea how difficult that drive was for me. (I think my co-pilot, Muneca sensed my stress.) I just kept thinking to myself, “you can do this Deb! Focus! You have precious cargo on board.”  I felt such relief when we arrived in that Casino parking lot in Mesquite, NV. It was about 8:30 and  I was TIRED and fatigued.

Dusky just before that white knuckle drive.

We parked our Shorty in the Casino parking lot. After a quick dinner and short walk we hopped in our rig for the night. Even though it was a 🥵 hot night, I slept VERY well in that Casino parking lot. The kids got a hotel room, we will see them in the morning.

The Casino where we spent the night.

SUNDAY: The night before we agreed to be ready to leave by 9 a.m.  We hit the road on time.😊 

We have a niece Jule (her husband and baby girl) who reside in Las Vegas, NV, so we decided to pay her a quick visit. After our visit everyone was hungry so we stopped at a local restaurant for a bite.

Treasure Island Hotel/ Casino, Las Vegas, NV

We hit the road in the afternoon. We are about four to five hours from home at this point.

Penn & Teller at The Rio Hotel/Casino, Las Vegas, NV
New Raiders Staduim

Of course, we hit the Sunday afternoon Vegas traffic on our way home.😔

The drive was LONGER than we anticipated. We got 🏡 home about 9 p.m. We were all tired as we unpacked Shorty. Muneca and the boys packed up their car and drove another 15 minutes to get home. Craig and I finished unpacking Shorty, showered and hit the sack.🥱

Idaho was GOOD family time. We all had fun; breathtaking views, a river float, horseback riding, shooting, ATV riding, exploring Yellowstone, shopping in Wyoming, sitting on the porch swing with coffee enjoying the amazing sights and silence, and we dare not forget about that delicious Huckleberry shake! There was so much we could have done, but with our limited time there, I think it was well spent.

A big THANK YOU to Carle and Joyce for opening your 💗 hearts and 🏡 home to my 👪 family. Betty, a special THANK YOU for trusting and allowing us to retreat at your special ‘hideaway.” We are forever grateful for your kindness. 🥰 May you continue to be blessed for your kindness.😇

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