My dad and I had been planning a road trip out west for several months after I chose retirement at the end of the previous school year. I had never visited any of the national parks this direction, nor several of the states we would traverse. He had, but was looking forward to seeing them again and visiting some long-time friends.
We worked on a route and stopping points throughout our two-week trip that took us through Missouri, Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Wyoming (again), Colorado and Kansas. We took off the day after Labor Day and returned home in the middle of September.
I was fortunate to spend so much time with my dad in this memorable way. Some days were long…driving and driving. Sometimes we chatted and sometimes we were quiet watching the scenery go by. We enjoyed majestic sights and exciting animal encounters throughout the trip. We overcame difficulties and solved problems such as finding a route that included driving 150 miles out of the way due to an unexpected closed highway and obtaining heat in the rented cabin when the unit stopped working.
It was a great time and we are already planning our next trip in the springtime. My dad asked me yesterday if I was glad to be home or would I rather be back out on our trip.
I said that I would rather be out on our trip.
He said, “Me too.”