Saturday, August 17, 2013
Three Jr.Badges and Troubles on the Mountain
Today started off great! The hotel was wonderful. The breakfast was good. The front desk gave me very clear directions on how to get out to Promotory Point. We were on our way!
Wait, what was that?
Here it comes!
We watched the whole re-enactment. It was very cool. Lon was the first one to go up to have his picture taken with the cast. They let him hold the silver spike.
We learned there were four spikes! and they just popped them into a pre drilled polished laurel wood tie. Leland Stanford did not have to hammer in anything!
Time to hit the road. The original plan was to go to Vernal, Utah and just have a slow day. Things change.
Lon got a corn dog and an ice cream. He had to eat the ice cream first or it would be a puddle in the back of the car. He did finish his corn dog too.
Lon was the only child there. It was not crowded. I think we had 6 people all together. Including us.
Wait! There is MORE ! Lon got another booklet to work on in the car and a Jr. Paleontologist badge! That was so cool. Lon was over the moon with that!
We had half a tank of gas left, but the garmin said it was only 110 miles. No problems, we should be able to make it, if we can not find gas anywhere
Then things started to go wrong.
We were going through the town of Mountain View Wyoming. The sign ahead says 55, so I start speeding up. Well, that is not the right thing to do till you pass the sign. I had less than 25 yards to go when I got pulled over. I owe the state of Wyoming a little money. It was not as bad as it could have been. I was polite, Lon was good. First ticket I have had in over 25 years. I was not going to let that pull out the fun from our adventure.
I forgot about getting gas after that. I should have. There were no more gas stations along the way. None.
We did not hit any deer. We were very careful and going slow.
We finally got to Vernal! We found a gas station
and filled it up
We made it! We did it! We survived ! We did not have to push the car!
I did feel a little like Blanche DuBois (Streetcar Named Desire). I have always depended on the Kindness of strangers.
We found a hotel. Best Western Dinosaur Land. We are going to go see the Dinosaur National Monument tomorrow. That is the plan. With a full tank of gas.
We took the time and cleaned out the car. I found Lon's garbage bags so he can use them now.
We went to dinner at a place called 7/11 Ranch Restaurant. Lon had chicken strips and I had a burger. Fast, and not horrible. Lon tried their fried ice cream, but it was not up to La Corona's standards so he did not like it. I tried the fried cheesecake, and it was not bad. It needed some work, but it could be fun to try to make it at home.
It was a day that will make a great story. Off on our next adventure tomorrow. With a full tank of gas.