After driving on route 90 for days- we finally pulled off at route 240. In a matter of minutes we entered Badlands National Park and immediately noticed a huge change in the land around us. A giant hole in the ground emerged- and it was so striking the kids could not stop squealing.
We felt like we were on a different planet. The air incredibly dry and the sun shining so brightly it was difficult to not squint.
A few minutes into the park and we came upon some short hikes- easy for the kids and fun exploring and touching the rock.
“Door” hike had incredible views and allowed the kids to run free. They of course were scared of rattle snakes but happy to stumble upon rabbits with larger ears than we have back home-
After our adventure, we pulled into the Badlands White River Koa.
248 miles- hard to know how long it took because we pulled over so often for photos and the bikes.
Franco has been my right hand man with hooking up RV. But all the kids know how to and helped me make a video showing the steps. We will upload when have better WiFi.
Lentil Burritos were quickly made and devoured.
The boys made a fire and we enjoyed the warmth before hitting the hay.
Overall- we have had zero down time. School takes up the bulk of our morning and then we load up and drive to next destination.
They do some work on the road- catching up on anything they didn’t finish from the morning. But for the most part, the morning hours the most important for school and thus WiFi.
We slept beautifully- had windows open and temp dropped to perfect sleeping weather. Sofia and C on the queen bed, mica and Franco on the dinette space and G and I on the top space. G and I looked for shooting stars (through the awesome roof window) for a while before falling asleep.
Woke at 7am our time so that I had time to make my French press coffee and Ciela up for her 8:20 (eastern standard time) class.
“Just” plant based eggs and cheese bagels for breakfast. Girls preferred blueberry muffins.
Class happened without a hitch- WiFi strong. Frisbee break between classes.
Three hour forty minute drive- 249 miles of flat flat land…
It truly is so remarkably flat across the middle of our country.
Sunflower fields made us happy because something new.
You cannot imagine the size of these windmills. Hard to tell from pics but they are everywhere along Route 90.
We drove past a truck pulling one of the turbines. I wish I had taken a photo- it was so long it was insane.
The flatlands are so expansive that when we finally crossed a river, the kids lost their minds. Something new to look at. They were so ecstatic it was comical.
The joy of the lands starting to rise up into hills-
We finally get off route 90 on to 240. We made the obligatory stop at-
and fed the prairie dogs. Funny because we hate the ground hogs at our home but these guys seemed adorable to us, although they look like smaller version of a ground hog.
The funny noise they make as they arch their backs is hilarious-
Stocked up on instacart Whole Foods and TJ (long Covid line) for our next week living in the RV.
Kids loved just hanging with cousins with no agenda.
Loading BigE. Doing last load of laundry. Charging all devices.
Clowns playing around.
Sad day- RIP RBG.
Family bike rollerblade ride to Cocktail Courier Headquarters to wear the kids out at the soccer fields adjacent. Kiki easily guided us through city streets- city girl.
Shooting lessons w Rog on the roof-
Night ended with a long evening walk with Mere. Streets blocked off for covid outdoor meals. DePaul university fully virtual but kids around.
We are gonna miss the McGoldmans.
295 miles from GP to Chicago. Ciela summed it up by saying “five hours is nothing! After this, our VT trips will be so easy.”
And it was.
Kids schooled at Tata’s in the morning. Mica was eager to teach Tata how to type properly with both hands. And we were off- hoping to miss city Chicago traffic upon arrival.
Surprising the kids in Chicago was the best-
added Indiana and illinois to our map!
Boys back at it… even gray in goal!
Mere made is a lentil rice dinner that was delish. Feeling loved.