Taking a mental vacation


I took a long-awaited week off from work last week. I never seem to get everything done I want to do on the weekends (even if it’s a long holiday weekend). So, I took the time off to work on some projects I’d been putting off.

One of my major projects was to scan my dad’s slides (taken in the late 1960s and early 1970s) and save them to my computer. My goal was to scan at least four trays and I got six done. Most of the slides were of our vacation to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks. It was the first vacation our family took without my older brother. Although we missed having him along, it was one of the most memorable vacations our family ever had. As I looked at each picture, it immediately took me back to our trek out west.

The first leg of our journey led us through Western Kansas and the northeast corner of Colorado to Cheyenne, Wyo. We stayed with my cousin’s in-laws. After a tour of the capital city, we enjoyed rainbow trout for dinner. My sister and I slept in the family’s camper and we thought that was a real treat.

After we left Cheyenne, we headed north. We stopped at a tourist attraction called Hell’s Half Acre, 40 miles west of Casper. It’s not the kind of scenery you’d expect to see in the high plains of central Wyoming. Hell’s Half Acre is a horseshoe-shaped gorge with jagged spires and eerie rock formations.

Hell's Half Acre

Our next stop was Dubois. I fell in love with this authentic western town nestled in the valley between two mountain ranges. My parents, sister and I took an evening trail ride. I pretended to be a rancher’s daughter surveying our vast Rocky Mountain empire.

Brenda Kipp_1
7/28/2009 9:01:22 AM

I'll hook you up with my travel agent, Taylor. HA!

Taylor Miller
7/28/2009 8:59:07 AM

Yay! Sounds like you had a good time. Gosh, I don't know where I'd go mentally to relax ... good thing to think about, though!

Brenda Kipp_1
7/21/2009 1:45:46 PM

You're right, Maryellen, a trip down memory lane is so fun! The only thing is that it makes me feel old when I look at what I wore back then -- and how much weight I've gained!:( On the other hand, it makes me feel young when I can remember it as if it just happened this summer! Glad you enjoyed the journey.

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