The West - Our Grand Adventure - My Family Travels

I was not ready for this. I mean, come on! I was going to be separated from my boyfriend, all my friends, and anyone I even just KNEW for an entire week and a half! How lame. I was sort of excited, but I did not want to let it show as I said my final goodbyes to my friends.

So, Day 1.

We drove to Nashville, about two hours away from home, to catch our first flight. As our plane zoomed into the air, I looked down to see Tennessee melting away beneath the clouds. Then I stuck my iPod in and fell asleep. After one more plane ride, we were in Denver.

After securing our rental car, we drove out of the airport and hit the highway. My first thought was, ‘Wow…this is amazing…’ I was just dumb-founded. The land was so flat, so beautiful, that I couldn’t even imagine it at home. In the background, the Rockies loomed towards the sky.

Real mountains, these were, not like ours at home.The trip consisted of a ton of driving. I had the whole backseat of the van to myself though, so I didn’t mind. As we ticked off the miles, I would look for wildlife and domestic stock, like my beloved horses. We saw great things, like Mount Rushmore.

We also saw lesser-known items of interest, like Chief Crazy Horse and tiny towns along the way. We made a stop in Cody, Wyoming, where the rodeo is big and the fans are loud. Once we reached Yellowstone, everything started looking the same. Trees, and lots of them.

The wildlife was amazing though. Elk were everywhere, just like the bison. We saw Old Faithful go up twice, and it was amazing both times. Needless to say, this trip was amazing.

We saw beautiful, majestic mountains, bull riding, and so much more. It was really just a taste of… the west.

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