Midwest Road Trip

Personally, I’ve never been to the midwest, I mean I lived in Colorado for several years but was too young to drive myself around. My mother and I arrived in Las Vegas in the evening and checked into the Bellagio, purely for convenience as our tour guide for the Grand Canyon, would pick us up from here, and it’s always been a dream of mine. This hotel is absolutely beautiful with some of the best meals I’ve ever eaten (see below). My older brother lives in Phoenix and agreed to meet my mother and me for dinner at Carbone, now if anyone knows palette-changing food, it’s my older brother, so needless to say Carbone did NOT disappoint. I implore you that if you go please don’t leave without trying the Spicy Rigatoni, Veal Parmesan, and the Whole Branzino, your tastebuds will thank you. Although my time with my older brother was short, I always enjoy the moments we spend together, although sporadic, each time meaningful.
At 2:30 in the morning, Mom and I were up and downstairs waiting for the tour van, since it was so early, we had no problem falling back asleep as soon as we got inside. Lucky for us, our drive to the Grand Canyon was four hours. I loved our tour guides, they were so kind and knew so much about the area around us. Kobe and Yozema took us to the Colorado Dam, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, the Grand Canyon, and Route 66.
Antelope Canyon:
I did not know this, but this land belongs to the Navajo Tribe. So when our tour entered their land, we were given new tour guides. Our group tour was a young woman, who had recently returned home from school. Melia was very informative and shared so much about Native American culture, the land, and her family. Antelope Canyon is awe-inspiring, it’s difficult to fully explain what this place is like. The air itself is as smooth as the rocks, and everything is red. Since this is private property, we were required to wear masks, but remove them in certain places, this will depend on your tour guide.
The next morning, my mom and I were up and at’em, in a rented car headed to Salt Lake City, Utah. I didn’t know much about the state, let alone the city, but the drive up there gave me much to enjoy. The mountains are always wonderful to drive through, allowing a person to take in the grandeur that is the world. How America is so big, united as one, yet every state is different, there will always be facts about America I love.
Salt Lake City:
As I’ve said, I know very little about this state so I went in with an open mind. I had heard of the Morman Temple and how it was a temple I couldn’t miss. Alas, when we arrived it was heavily under construction that barely any of the temple was visible, so we opted to walk around instead. The people of Salt Lake were so kind to us, everyone was accommodating and had a lot to share about their beloved Temple. Apparently, an earthquake had shaken and damaged their temple, and needed repairs to withstand seismic activity in the future. I’ve mentioned how I enjoy learning about other religions, and I was quite taken aback by how nearly an entire city could be so involved with their faith, each person we talked to knew all about the churches and the area around us. Impressive.
Bright and early we had finally made it to our final destination, Wyoming. As the Grand Canyon had been a long-time dream for me, for my mother, it was Yellowstone National Park. Our tour guide picked us up at 7:00 and drove the group to the Southern Loop. The Northern loop is currently closed due to flooding, but with God’s sweet grace we were able to still see the lower part of the park. Astounded by the number of animals we’d seen, everything from buffalos, bears, and even elk, the animals were ready and willing to grace us with their presence. The air is thin and surprisingly cold for June, but so long as you keep warm you will have the most spectacular time.
Let me just say I loved Wyoming, so rural and rugged. Take a step back to America before the Industrial Revolution. Cowboys, rodeos, and sagebrush will have a person believe they have stepped into the Wild West. Make sure you take the time to find a bison burger, you’ll be glad you did AND the local brews!
Considering all of the trips I’ve taken with my mother, this one was among the best. We had such a good time, and I’m blessed I have this type of relationship with her. We talk, laugh, and share everything about one another. I can’t wait for the next one with Sandra Davis.
Restaurants to try:
Bellagio, Las Vegas
Yellowtail Incredible sushi!
Lago Great view of the Bellagio fountain if you eat here!
The Buffet Everything you want to eat… is here.
Route 66:
Delgadillo’s Snow Cap or a place in the middle of nowhere-the food was fresh and delicious!
P.S. Try cactus candy!
Salt Lake City, Utah
Eggsburgh Delicious eggs!
Pat’s BBQ This was on my Diners, Drive-In’s, and Dives app…. umm let me know what you think of this place if you eat here.
Farson Mercantile We found this place on the way to Cody, make sure you try the ice cream. 😉
The Meatery Try the bison burger or bison steak!
Till next time!

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