Blog post 16, September 5, 2018
My Freelance Travel Journey!
Family Time on the Road!
All pictures are the property of Peggy Hefner. Please do not copy, sell, or reproduce. This picture was taken at Multnomah Falls, Oregon. My favorite waterfall in that state.
Hello everyone. I hope that your summer went well. We didn’t get our family time on the road this summer because I had minor surgery and I will be having a second one in a couple of days. The first one wasn’t anything serious. This second surgery, well I will update my galactography blog when I get the results from that surgery. With the extra time on my hands, I have been able to take on more proofreading clients. Since we are in August, it reminded me of a vacation we took a couple of years ago. If you don’t have the time to read this blog post save it to your Pinterest board so you can read it later.
Above pictures arena our Sturgis, South Dakota trip.
This year the Sturgis Rally was from August 3rd to August 12th. When we went a couple of years ago, we happened upon the rally by chance because we were on our way to Mount Rushmore. Stopping in for a little bit to get gas and grabbing some snacks just seem logical. The gas attendants were extremely friendly and told us that this was their bread-and-butter for the year.
It was so much fun to go to a place that I only heard about when I was growing up. I loved hearing the roar of the group of motorcycles driving by. However, it wasn’t the rowdy party that everyone talked about. That wasn’t a bad thing because we had the kids with us. It just changed my whole perception of the event. The only downfall was that parking was beyond limited for non-motorcycle riders.
Mount Rushmore Road Trip
After we enjoyed a couple of hours in Sturgis, South Dakota, we headed on over to Mount Rushmore. Next time I go to Sturgis, I will be there for the rally, and I will get to see some of the bands. It is best always to set goals for yourself, my bucket list. Once we finally made it to Mount Rushmore getting through town was a little slow-and-go because of the rally.
The parking lot at Mount Rushmore wasn’t any better. Bring plenty of patience with you. It was extremely crowded but so worth it. History is one of my favorite subjects along with genealogy. What made the trip even more special is that I am actually a cousin to all four presidents on Mount Rushmore. After my years of research, I am finding that it is common to be related to the presidents of our nation.
We finally called it a day after spending our time exploring.
This time we entered Yellowstone from the east gate and found this guy resting after his dust bath somewhere in the middle. The park ranger assured us he wasn’t hit by a car.
Next Day Cody, Wyoming
We took our time getting to Cody, Wyoming. This is the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Choosing to stay at the Best Western Premier Ivy Inn & Suites was a great decision. (Not an affiliate. We just really liked the place.) It was super clean and they were very organized. We did sit down at the restaurant for dinner, but the kids weren’t feeling the menu. The food smelled great, and I was ready to eat. The kids wanted something more simple like pizza.
So they gave us directions to Millstone Pizza Company & Brewery. (Also not an affiliate.) The food was excellent, they had a good variety of Italian choices, along with burgers and hot dogs. Happy to announce that the bathrooms were clean, and service was polite. Our live music for the evening was entertaining. The only negative I got from the place was the hardwood chairs. After a long drive, my back was killing me, but that wasn’t their fault.
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Moose – Idaho Falls, Idaho
Multnomah Falls, Oregon
Winchester House in San Jose, California
The Ride Home
Once we were done with our primary destination, the ride home seems to happen so much faster. We made a few stops on the way home. Trekked through Idaho, such a beautiful state. Then headed over to Oregon, my favorite waterfall is in this state. Then took the coast down through California and stopped in at the Winchester Mystery House. (Not Affiliate.) This is a must-see attraction. The more quirky things are in history, the better for me.
Now one thing that helped us on our road trip was fun road trip bingo games that we picked up at our local AAA store. (Not an affiliate.) They had pictures of street signs, signals, hay, and other various things that you could find on a road trip.
Have A Healthy Life-Business Balance
Finding the time to spend with family is vital in being productive in your business. We all need the chance to unwind. By unwinding, unplugging, or setting a detailed work schedule while on vacation and sticking to it we can then provide our customers with a better form of ourselves.
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This week’s book suggestions is The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
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