This may sound silly to some. But I have a bucket list item that is simple and unglamorous.
I want to drive an RV halfway across the country to Wyoming and have a shot of bourbon, beer and burger wearing a cowboy hat in a western bar in Jackson Hole, Cheyenne or Laramie.
Then I would visit Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Teton National Forest. I first proposed this to my family when my daughter Celine moved into her dorm at Stanford University in California. It was rejected by my family as too long of a diversion. So we flew to California.
I’ve been to the Grand Canyon and Yosemite several times. I want to see Geyser’s and bubbling water on top of the world’s largest volcano. I do not want to do this trip by myself. It’s too far to drive solo. At least it is for me.
My family is not excited for such a trip so I asked some of the men in the neighborhood and they were enthusiastic.
“Yippie,” one of the men responded. “Let me find my cowboy boots.”
Maybe we can take a side trip to the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.
I have requested tourist guides from the two states and even jotted down notes on two restaurants from Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. I am all ears if you have taken this trip before.
I don’t know why I want to add the shot and beer aspect to the trip. Maybe it was from watching old Westerns with my aunt when a cowboy would stroll in the saloon and ask for a whiskey in a dirty glass.
My family is not gung ho for RV life. My wife Abs once said if it doesn’t say Marriott on the building I’m not going. I once tricked the family into “roughing it” during a trip to the Bay Area. We stayed at the Marriott in Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, but we lived in a trailer home during a getaway to Yosemite.
We had a blast. No cell phone service. No lights. It was great. The kids had a great time outside of the fear into running into a bear. The man who rented us the trailer assured us that bears avoid humans in the summer and they had bear proof trash cans where bears could not pillage food at night.
We saw water falls, beautiful granite domes and mountains. But no bears.
It was the only trip where I cooked food on a grill. Now I want to do the same at Yellowstone and Wyoming. This time wearing a cowboy hat.Find Terry Foster Podcast here: