A year ago today (366 days since this is leap year) we pulled away from our house in Deer Park and the Generous Journey officially began. What a year it’s been!
We’ve mostly been hiding out in Eastern Washington, resting, connecting with friends and family, and doing what needs to be done to get back on the road in October. But we did take a road trip to the upper reaches of Washington with our son, our daughter-in-love, and the world’s cutest grandchild. Among other things, this allowed Lori’s dad to meet his great-grandson.
We also snagged a couple of geocaches and hit a farmers market.
Al didn’t accompany us on this trip – he couldn’t get off work. He’s got a summer job as a bouncer at a local animal hangout. As none of the critters here have ever seen an alligator he’s a bit of a celebrity.
Image Credit © Paul H. Byerly
The first time we blew through Wyoming, Paul’s state of birth, we failed to get a cache. We tried, but we had no cell phone reception the two times we stopped. So, this time, we printed out half a dozen caches. We nailed the one on the border and grabbed a fast picture to prove I was there.
Image Credit: © Paul H. Byerly
Lori and I continued our exploration of the Rapid City area by driving through the Badlands National Park. In addition to a lot of great pictures, we also got our first earth cache.
Apparently, the area is called “The Badlands” because early French explorers said they were “bad land to cross”. With a modern road, access to the beauty and wonder of the badlands is easy.
We never got close enough to tell what the dark area was in the picture below; might be plants. Looks almost like someone painted it on!
And a couple panoramas to give you an idea how big it all is:
Image Credits: © Paul H. Byerly