2011-08-19

This is no longer a vacation. It's a quest.

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So, by the time you are reading this, I've left to meet Cora and Wednesday out in Seattle* for the weekend. And then we are driving back to Chicago.

Originally, the plan was to rent a car, and drive back. Until we realized that it was bloody expensive to rent a car one way. It was going to cost about $1,300 for the 3 days. For the car. Then gas, food, lodging, etc. With the court case going on, we wanted to save a little money.

So we then looked into having someone ride with us in Cora's car (we've left hers out there for us to drive when we're out there) and then drive the car back. But that fell through.

Then we looked at Amtrak. While we wouldn't get the exact sightseeing we wanted to do, we would get to accomplish another goal of the trip. Wednesday's pet water frogs have been living with grandma since we moved, since they can't fly and you can't ship them.

Finally, we decided to just drive Cora's car back and sell it. When we go our there, we'll rent a car. Since we'll save $75 a month on insurance, we'll either break even or come out a little ahead.

Our planned route is on the map above. Basically, it's I-90. Virtually door to door. But there will be a few side-trips off the interstate and into the wild. We're going to take the better part of 4 days. It will be our quest.

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Our current planned side-trips are:

On the bubble:

  • Devils Tower [Link] – It's cool, but it's just a little out of the way, and and it might be dark when we're passing by. So, it may just be a "Close Encounter".

Unfortunately, the following stops, while they COULD be along our path, aren't.

  • Little Big Horn National Battlefield National Monument [Link]
  • Kenmare, ND High School Class Year Rocks. [Link]
  • Rugby, ND (Geographic Center of North America) [Link]

Fortunately, the following stops, while they COULD be along our path, aren't.

  • Spoonbridge & Cherry [Link]
  • Mall of America [Link]
  • Wisconsin Dells [Link]

Nor will this sight be seen along the way. :-(

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* Okay, technically, I'm going to work, then flying out tonight. But I wanted to be DRAMATIC!

9 comments:

Cora said...

Hey now. Don't go insulting that Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture. That thing is pretty damn cool! Much cooler than the Corn Palace or Wall Drug, I'm sure.

It kind of reminds me of that big bow and arrow sculpture in San Francisco that was just kind of sitting there for no reason - quirky and funny. Nothing wrong with that.

If the spoon and cherry thingy is not too far out of the way, I would absolutely want to stop and get a quick picture of it.

dmarks said...

Spoonbridge sounds like a cartoon on Nick.

BeckEye said...

I'll expect a Scope-on-a-Jackalope pic upon your return.

So. Cal. Gal said...

Wisconsin Dells is cool.

The Mall of America is not.

Have fun (and strap 'er down good)!!!

That Janie Girl said...

Dang. I guess Texas is completely out of the question. Gotta come down a couple of notches on the interstate scale - from I-90 to I-20...

Have a good trip!!

SkylersDad said...

I was hoping to see a place where I could race north and see you, but you are just to far up there. have fun!!

Joshua said...

Just remember the one thing my brother forgot to keep in mind: 90 is the name of the road, not the speed limit.

That Janie Girl said...

@ joshua - that is funny!

Okay, Scope - we're ready for another post! And you cracked me up on my post "Scan This". Steve and I laughed all night...

Scope said...

@ Joshua - 75 mph seemed more than fine for most of the way.

@ Janie Girl - Glad I could make you laugh. I've just fired up Window Live Writer to start the series of posts on the trip.