Road Trip Out West

During the month of July, my husband and I decided we would like to take a road trip and visit our daughter and son in law who live in Clear Lake, California.  She has been doing traveling nursing in Cali for almost a year now, and since her contract is almost up, we thought it would be the perfect time to take a road trip.  

We stopped at the cottage first, mapped out our route and basically winged the rest.  We would check out towns and cities that we thought were interesting, make hotel reservations and stay for a few days, and then be on our way. Here’s some photo’s of the first places we stayed.


Abilene Kansas

Our first over night stop was in Abilene Kansas, the home and birthplace of former President Eisenhower.  We ate at his favorite restaurant, toured his boy hood home, and Presidential Library.

Denver, CO.

As we drove through Denver, I was surprised that snow would still be on the mountains.  I’m not sure if it ever completely goes away. By the way… I thought Colorado was beautiful.


It was starting to rain….





Vail, Co.

We stopped and toured Vail….gorgeous! 


Vail, Co.

This little guy insisted on being our helper. Yes, our little buddy came with us, and he was a great little traveler.


Glenwood Springs, Co.

Our view every morning from our hotel.


Glenwood Springs, Co.

We spend several days in Glenwood Springs, Co.  It was such a lovely town….I also thought it was fascinating that the Colorado River ran through the middle of town..

Glenwood Springs, Co.

We walked up a dirt road that was 1/2 mile (wagon road) to view Dr. Holliday’s grave site, he was only 36 years of age when he died of tuberculosis.  He was one of the most famous Western Gun Fighter’s, who actually came to Glenwood Springs to bath in the hot springs.  He thought it had healing powers.

If you visit Glenwood Springs you must eat at Dr. Holliday’s Bar in town….and ask for the prime rib sandwich. It’s very GOOD and…it’s not listed on the menu….you will have to ask. 

Glenwood Springs, Co.

We met several people, with dogs, that actually hike up this mountain every week. What a work out! I had to stop several times and take a little break, some of the elevation was nearly 1100 feet.

We met some folks that follow Guy Fieri, from Food Network, and they had eaten at Rick’s CafĂ© in our hometown.  They were telling us about their favorite places they enjoyed visiting in KY.  It’s surprising how much you have in common with complete strangers…. you meet along the way.

Glenwood Springs, Co.

Albert and I on our way down…it was much easier this time.



I would go back for another visit….it’s a neat place.



Next up…..Utah!   (Part II)

This will be all for today…but I will be posting more soon.

I hope you have a wonderful week ! xo


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Always in a Southern State of Mind said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Beautiful pictures Aunt Mary!

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

To just decide to take a road trip must be one of the best pleasures in the world! A little bit of planning and off you go - happy days! Some gorgeous views and walks here. x

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