Vacation – Part Two


Wyoming Landscape

There are days when it feels like you are hours behind before you even get started on the tasks for the day. Today was such a day….Actually the last weeks seems to be running in that same vein.

I finally had time to start mowing the lawn again. It was about 5 days past due, so the grass kind of blew out of the mower in clumps. I do have to admit that pushing a lawn mower is not only a great workout, but it is also a great time for thinking.

As I mowed I did think about playing the chore catch up game and how that ties in with having been on a vacation. Do not get me wrong…I LOVE vacations. For some reason it just seems that the time spent preparing for them is a lot funner than the time spent catching up from taking them. At least when preparing for a vacation there is the anticipation.

I did a bit of pondering on how I prepare and how my husband prepares. My husband usually makes sure to take tools for any mechanical issue that might happen. I am thinking a plier, hammer, and a few other things are probably good. (Pretty sure I am wrong on that one!)

I tend to worry about having enough clothing for every weather event….food for any possibility…and everything that falls in between. If my husband was in charge of packing he would walk out the door with a plastic grocery bag containing a change of underwear and a clean shirt, a toothbrush, toothpaste and a towel.

He would also make sure to pack the Johnny Horton CD so he could belt out the favorite family traveling song, “North to Alaska” while traveling west.

I did pack lighter for our last vacation as I knew we could wash clothes before my husband and I went on the second half of vacation. I call it the second half because our children left on a Sunday to head home and we stayed a few days longer.

We pulled our camper further north (I guess we do head North occasionally) toward Deadwood and Spearfish. We decided we would again do dispersed camping. We found out about this a couple years ago and really liked it.

The national forestry has Motor Vehicle Use Maps that are available and those maps show where you can camp for free.  Of course you are on your own…no water…no electric. You also often camp on a logging road. It did make it interesting watching the trucks go past with all those logs.


Bridal Veil Falls 

On the second half of our vacation we spent time driving through Spearfish Canyon, It is a beautiful drive any time of the year. Bridal Veil falls is always beautiful and the water in the stream is always cold enough to make your feet go numb if you choose to wade in it to cool off. We had thought of hiking to a place called the Devil’s Bathtub to swim; but after freezing our feet we were reluctant to freeze our entire body.

Time was spent in Deadwood watching the reenactment of the shooting of Wild Bill by Jack McCall. There is a lot of history in those towns that are in the Black Hills.

We also decided we needed to do a day trip to Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. It had been 25 years since we had been there and it did not disappoint. (We also decided that at our age we probably should not wait 25 years again before we go see stuff!) As we hiked around the tower we ended up talking to a couple who were there with their 10 year old grandson.

We found out how small this world really is…..they were the in-laws of a gal who was raised in the same town as us and had attended the same church as us!

Our entire week of vacation…with our kids and with just the two of us was a wonderful time of reconnecting. It was great, to just spend time and be together.

My husband I have come to realize that time and vacations spent with those you love are well worth the investment. At the end of the day; or the end of a life; it does not matter how much money you made. It does not matter what position you held in the company. It does not matter if you never missed a day of work…..what matters is the relationships you leave behind and the legacy that is your family and friends.

“Nobody ever has,
“He was a good worker”

written on his tombstone.”
John S. (aka~my dad)




25 thoughts on “Vacation – Part Two

    • thechickengrandma says:

      We have had this fold down for about 23 years and before that we shared a fold down with another family. Two years ago we found out about dispersed camping and we really like it! The blue thing is our shower stall made from PVC pipe and tarps with a solar shower bag. Works fantastic!

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      • thechickengrandma says:

        Jessica, we had not heard of dispersed camping either till two years ago. We asked at the National Grasslands Visitor Center in Wall, SD why people were camping on the rim of the Badlands just outside the entrance. We were told it was free because it was nation grasslands and that there were places in the national forest you could as well.


  1. peggyjoan42 says:

    Vacations are a lot of work when planning them – much fun when you do them – and always great when you get back home. Ha Love Wyoming and have seen most of that state. Next time I am push mowing I will be sure to think about past vacations. And yes, push mowing is a workout. Nice post Faye

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  2. says:

    We love traveling out west. Paul’s sister now lives in Wyoming so we may have to take another road trip soon. (OH NO!) I love your attached photo. These big bales remind me of giant roasted marshmallows. Did you know they were made this way on purpose to get us thinking about S’mores?

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      LOLOL! I did not know about the S’more conspiracy. So glad to be in the loop now. My daughter in law loves to make her S’mores using Reese Peanut Butter Cups instead of Hershey Milk Chocolate Bars. I think either way is a win!

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  3. Julie says:

    Your post made me happy and reflect on the blessings I had of living in Wyoming for 28 years and visiting all the area you’ve mentioned. While I will always be a “Wyo-vore”I also loved living in my home state of Ohio and now exploring our new home state in Arkansas. I can highly recommend the “Natural State” of Arkansas, I just spent 3 days in the Northwest area….but don’t camp here in summer! Too hot and humid 😉

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Northwest Iowa is a tad humid in the summer also. Humidity does not seem to bother my husband but I just really think sweating is over-rated. My in-laws are in Missouri and vacation with their kids in Arkansas. Their photos are beautiful.


  4. Margy says:

    I was just thinking about vacations, particularly camping trips, from years gone by. No wonder moms were always tired by the time they left and more tired by the time they got home! It was their vision of ‘what we might need’ that made the trip a success for the ‘all I need is a toothbrush’ part of the family.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      LOL Margy! You are so right. My husband always asks why I am not done packing and why I have lists. When we are on vacation and he asks for something I tell him, “good thing I packed that and that it was on my list!”


  5. Maureen Helen says:

    Love your description of packing. It made me smile because I’m the one who packs light – very light – and my husband carries the bag with the three pairs of shoes and three different jackets. My style can be described as a bag weighing ten kilos for a six weeks for trip that includes a week in the tropics followed by Europe in winter. My sister thinks my clothes are boring and they probably are, but only my husband and I see how repetitive they are. In my eighties, I can manage my own luggage.

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