|Our first stop at the Welcome Center in West Virginia|
Traveling with the dogs affected our options for hotels. There's a website www.gopetfriendly.com that was a great resource for us. You can plan your trip out on a map and see all the pet friendly hotels. We used it on the road and would search for a hotel an hour or so before we wanted to stop and that worked well. Peoria was easy enough, but once we really got into the mid-west I had to call around for options. We managed to find some cool places to stay. Peoria was nice but nothing special - the place was by the mall and several other hotels. There was a Chipotle there. I think that was the last time I've eaten at Chipotle! I just realized Peoria was a lot more special than I thought. The next day we drove through the rest of Illinois, through Iowa and into South Dakota.
|Scenic view off I-680 in Iowa|
|This is what I climbed up to see the scenic view.|
|Riley, Sasha and Peter at Prairie Pizza in Murdo, SD|
The longest part of the trip was driving through South Dakota. Planning our trip, I remember thinking that driving through there will be so boring. You look on a map and it's just a big rectangle with two interstates going through it. Other states had their beauty, but we agreed that driving through South Dakota was actually the most interesting part of the trip. I was not able to capture it in photos. But the sky was so blue, the green prairie was so green, the rolling hills with the changing textures, and there were these ponds of water that didn't look like water I'd ever seen before - they were a dark, dark blue, almost black. I wonder how deep they were. We saw lots of cows but didn't see any buffalo. Of course, most of our views were from the interstate, but still. It is vast.
We took a slight detour on our third day to visit Mount Rushmore. Then a slighter detour to visit Wall Drug. There were signs for a lot of other places I wanted to visit, but I couldn't go through without stopping at Wall Drug. And now I have the bumper sticker. Peter balked at stopping there, but I think he enjoyed it. He got some South Dakota socks with buffalo on them.
|Mount Rushmore selfie|
|Sasha and Riley at Eddy's Motel in Butte|
|Peter and a scenic view in Eastern Washington|
|The last leg of our journey - Seattle Ferry Terminal|
After a few days, I flew to Atlanta, spent a couple nights in Georgia and came back with the girls. There is a lot to explore here, and we are all enjoying our new home.
|Mary and Sophie at American Legion Park in Poulsbo|