We basically spent the first day driving. We got up and got going by 8, made a couple stops in town for ice, coffee, etc, and then basically drove to Grand Island, NE (with a few stops for gas, food, bathroom breaks of course). We got into Grand Island about 5:30 pm and spent the evening with my husband cousin and family. It was very nice. We chatted for awhile and I really enjoyed interacting with my spouse’s cousin’s grandson, who’s 6 months old (my spouse’s cousin is quite a bit older than him). He is such a cute and happy baby! We had pizza for dinner and then played ladder golf [link] in the yard, then played Apples to Apples. It was a super fun night. We got a decent nights’ sleep, had breakfast with them, and got on the road at about 10am.
On Day 2, we made our way across Nebraska and into Colorado to the Rockies. Driving through the mountains was stressful (my spouse did all the mountain driving since we took his car, and it’s a manual transmission, and I’m not used to driving stick) but beautiful! We stopped in Colorado Springs for the night. We thought about going to the hot springs, but we were tired, it was busy there, and it was also expensive, so we just got a hotel and went in search of food. We ended up at The Bayou, a Cajun restaurant! Not only was the food deeeeelicious, but we also witnessed an impromptu dinner show, when a bunch of biker chicks there decided they wanted to earn their Mardi Gras beads the old fashioned way! (We got Mardi Gras beads too, but I didn’t have to show my boobs to anyone!) My spouse had jambalaya, and I had crawfish etouffee. Mmmm, mmm!