Day 6


Feeling great after the 6th day on the road. Leaving Black Hawk, SD to Mt. Rushmore. Along the way, I stopped by Bear Country USA. Since I didn't get to see any animals in Yellowstone National Park, I'll see it all in Bear Country, which I did bison, bear, reindeer, mountain lions etc..). It's a drive thru park and animals are not in a cage, even the bears. Of course, except for mountain lions. So must roll up your windows and all doors must be locked.

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After spending 3 hours at Bear Country I headed to Mt. Rushmore. $19 dollars for entrance admission, ouch! But it's good for protecting the park.I didn't stay long there were lots of tourists and it was getting hot and I still have 8hours drive to do before I got to my friend's parents place at Milbank. 

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Day 5


Leaving Bozman, Montana to Rapid City, South Dakato. Total 459 miles on highway 90. If you like you speed you will this, I-90 speed limit is 80 mile per hour.  Wow!!! Hope your playlist is long. Thanks goodness for the car  I rented came with a very good speakers and once I hook to iPhone I can answer calls without headset. Not too shabby.

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Totally unexpected down town Bozeman has food trucks. Did you know that?

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For stops that I made, I tried to find a good dog park for Calvin to run and be out in the field. Burke Park has a good view on the top. However, on a hot sunny day not an ideal dog place because there is less shade areas.

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After leaving Bozeman around 11am the drive was to long 8hours to Rapid City. I decided to stay at a Best Western dog friendly hotel at Black Hawk, SD. 

Highway 90 highway has a good rest area, they even have an area for dogs. For folks traveling with dogs, no need to worry at all.

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Day 4


Leaving Irwin, Idaho heading to Bozeman, Montana thru Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park. Total 226 miles, not a long distance, but with winding roads it took longer.

Here's what we look like in the morning. Afraid? I feel great! I slept like a baby throughout the night until some small animal making knocking or scratching noise against my tent steel bar. Calvin started barking and I woke up. That's 4am. We never knew what animal was it after I shook the tent and scared it away. To calm Calvin down, I open the tent and having him look around the area with flash light on. Then he knew everything was fine.

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After seeing this beautiful view, we wish our family is sharing this with us. 

After seeing this beautiful view, we wish our family is sharing this with us. 

Grand Teton South Entrance

Grand Teton South Entrance

The crowd has shy us away from taking photo of the entrance sign.

The crowd has shy us away from taking photo of the entrance sign.

I-191 Nirth to Montana

I-191 Nirth to Montana

Overnight stay at a private room in this beautiful 30 acres land.

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Sunset is just fantastic in Montana!!!!

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Good night. Until tomorrow. 

Good night. Until tomorrow. 


Day 3


Leaving Idaho Falls to Yellowstone National Park. I didn't do much driving today. I decided to rest and do camping. Found a campsite via Airbnb by the river, 1 hour south of Grand Teton. 

Route 26 has a beautiful scenery toward the campsite.

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At the campsite it was a difficult decision where to set the tent. Next to the roof deck, on top of the roof deck or the opposite which underneath the tree. Underneath the tree was the best choice, got some shade and at night it'll block the wind and warmer than outside the open area. 

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Beautiful sunset and listening to water flowing is so peace and calm.

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And of course we have neighbors too. You can reserve the site with tent or cabin.  

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And you probably wondering where is the toilet and shower? It's a portable potty, doesn't smell and outdoor shower with hot water, pretty cool except it gets cold so dress quickly.

For dinner, I bought KFC from Idaho Falls.


Day 2


Leaving Winnemucca, Nevada to Idaho Falls, Idaho stopped by Twin Falls total 443 miles. Clear sky, temperature high in the 80s by noon. Scenics are stunning.

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WIND TURBINES

WIND TURBINES

RAIL SHIPPING CONTAINERS

RAIL SHIPPING CONTAINERS

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The highway to Idaho Falls was pretty scary. I drove almost 3hours of the non-pavement road one lane and trucks were behind because I was slow. And when I encountered a slow car I can't change lane because the opposite lane cars were going very fast. At one point, I thought I wouldn't survive, or I would get a flat tire because of the road condition.
When I got to Idaho Falls, everything is huge. Big car, big people, and the heat didn't help me.

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Once I got to the hotel, Best Western I was more relaxed. Enjoyed the evening walk.


Day 1


I'm on! Let the journey begin should we?!! Heading to Sacramento, CA for a few days to see the family. A hard good bye San Francisco even though I know I'll be visiting soon but don't know when. As I was crossing the Bay Bridge, tears were all over my face. I was crying like a baby. It was a sad and joyful moment at the same time. The joy part is I'm doing something for myself. The sad part I don't know where I'm going even though I planned out. I marching into the unknown.

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The first day of driving, I decided to take it slow. Taking Highway 80 from Sacramento to Nevada and stop whenever I'm tired. Of course, I was crying again. Fear and leaving my past behind. And thank goodness my journey started with beautiful Sierra mountains and my emotion got distracted. That's a good start.

SIERRA MOUNTAINS

SIERRA MOUNTAINS

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First rest area, the air was beautiful and fresh. I stopped and let Calvin do a small hike.

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Continue on Highway 80 for another 3 hours; I saw a little town called Winnemucca, NV. Giving it's my first day, and the next town will be too long a drive. I stayed at Winnemucca and called it a night. A cute little town, it has a big park that allowed dogs up in the hills. I took Calvin there for the evening break.

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Ended today with a good note. A beautiful valley surrounded by mountains.