Doran Electric Car – Our friends in Lake of the Ozarks, MO have an electric car that they use to get around town. They bought this one on Ebay and added the lightning bolts to make it even more visible and to get people to ask questions (which they do almost daily). In an area where roads are narrow and distances to town and back are short, why bother with a gigantic SUV if you’re only at the lake for the weekend? Did I mention they’re a retired couple in their 70’s?
Wienermobile – And now for a completely different type of vehicle. The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile made headlines earlier this summer when it crashed into a house in Wisconsin. I don’t know if this is the same one or if they have a whole fleet, but it was a fun thing to see in a Motel parking lot in Missouri.
Bed Jumping – After being in the car for 8-10 hours the kids have a lot of pent up energy. The first thing they do when we get to the Motel is enter into a flurry of bed jumping. It only backfired 0nce when the baby tried it and crashed into the wall getting a lovely shiner that she had for the rest of the trip.
The Luxury Diner – When planning the trip I used Google Maps to see where each Motel was and then looked for local restaurants that might be better than your average Denny’s. In Cheyenne Wyoming I found one that looked interesting called The Luxury Diner. It was right down the street and while closed by the time we got there we planned on going for breakfast. we were not disappointed. A true Locals Only type place right next to the rail yard and partly housed in an old train car itself. The service was super friendly, the pancakes huge and the Santa Fe Breakfast Burrito (see above) was both delicious and enormous (and yes I did finish it). If you’re ever in Cheyenne you should definitely check it out. Oh and the singing cook was a surprise bonus.
Bonneville Salt Flats – If you plan on driving between Salt Lake City and Reno then you have to drive on I-80 and you have to drive right past the Salt Flats. With nothing else to see it’s worth a stop. The kids get a kick out of walking out on the salt and always bottle some up to show their friends back home.