Road trip to California

The drive from Salt Lake City to Marin County, California is long but easy. Take I-80 west and just keep going! There’s some fun things along the route to break up the trip, like…

The Bonneville salt flats! Salt as far as the eye can see! The salt is crunchy underfoot and is quite bright to look at.

Bonneville Salt Flats

Bonneville Salt Flats

This humongous log!

Gateway to the Pacific Northwest

Gateway to the Pacific Northwest

Reno — I donated $1 to the slot machines!

Reno

Lake Tahoe! I’d love to go back here for vacation. From the highway, you have to drive up a twisty mountain road, but then you’re rewarded with a beautiful view of the lake and surrounding wooded hills. If you drive around the north side of the lake, you can head back to 80 near Tahoe City.

Mount Rose, Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

And last, but not least, Donner Memorial State Park! Yup, the cannibals. The visitor center has a really interesting exhibit about the family’s journey and the history of the Transcontinental Railroad.

Donner Memorial State Park

Hooray, we made it the west coast! (On September 12 if you’re keeping track.)

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New time zone

We drove 968.4 miles this weekend! Yes, I’m counting that .4 miles, just like you marathoners count your .2’s. We left Arlington on Saturday morning and arrived in Cedar Rapids on Sunday evening. The drive alternated between miles of farmland and miles of wooded areas.

Driving to Iowa

Driving to Iowa

On Saturday we drove through a herd of locusts that made very loud splats when they hit the car. They were large and gross. In the late afternoon a big storm crossed our path and since we had made it halfway we decided to stop for the night in Dayton, Ohio.

Driving to Iowa

Driving to Iowa

On Sunday we saw more farms and woodlands, lots of windmills, and several signs for Steak ‘n Shakes. We didn’t stop at one of those, but we did grab lunch at a place called Culvers, home of the ButterBurger. Also home of delicious custard. Yum yums in my tum tums.

Culvers

Iowa 80

Iowa 80

Iowa 80

We crossed the Mississippi river! And in Iowa we got to visit the World’s Largest Truck Stop. That place has a library, a barber shop, restaurant, gift shop, and an auto section that sells very neat accessories for your big rig.

Kenan took some cool time-lapse videos along the way. Here’s a glimpse of the drive in 45 seconds!

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