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Days 66-69: Birthday, Hearst Castle, San Margarita KOA

October 27-30, 2017 Lauren wanted to relax and hang out on her birthday, so we stayed at the hotel the whole day watching the new season Stranger Things. We only left the room to get the food necessary for binge watching. The next day, we visited Hearst Castle. We took the Grand Rooms Tour which …

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Day 65: Sequoia National Park

October 26, 2017 When planning our visit to Sequoia National Park, we learned that, due to road construction, the main road entering the park only opened every two hours. We planned our morning to arrive at the right time to make it through the road. We went to the visitor center before taking Big Tree Trail, Sherman …

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Day 64: Yosemite National Park

October 25, 2017 Unfortunately, our hotel room had paper thin walls, and we were awoken by a man yelling on the phone at 4:00 am. At least we got an early start... We ate breakfast at the hotel and drove to Yosemite National Park. We drove up to Glacier Point and took in the astounding views of …

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Days 62-63: Glass Beach, Wine Country

October 23-24, 2017 The next day, we drove to Fort Bragg to visit the glass beach there. At this particular beach, broken up pieces of glass from the sea are washed ashore after being polished and smoothed by the waves and the sand. As a result, you can find many different colors and sizes along the beach. …

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Day 61: Redwood National Park

October 22, 2017 In the morning, we drove an hour to the Sea Lion Caves just to learn that there were no sea lions in the cave at that time. We moved on and drove through Redwood National Park and to the visitor center. We decided to do the Prairie Creek Trail to see the "Big Tree", a …

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Days 59-60: Craters of the Moon, Powell’s Books

October 20-21, 2017 In the morning, it was extremely cold and windy. We packed up quickly, and drove to Craters of the Moon National Monument. It was a very interesting landscape to say the least. There were old cinder cones, lava flows, and lave tubes. We only did two short trails because of the weather. …

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Day 58: Grand Teton National Park

October 19, 2017 We wanted to get an early start so that we could do and see as much of the Grand Tetons as possible. We went to the visitor center to get information and look at their exhibits. We decided to do the Taggart Lake trail and were very glad we did. The view …

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Days 55-57: Wild West Museum, Yellowstone National Park

October 16-18, 2017 We managed to wake up early enough to get to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West right when it opened. The museum was amazing. There are actually 5 different museums within the one building - Buffalo Bill, Plains Indians, Whitney Western Art, Draper Natural History, and Cody Firearms Museums. Each museum was unique …

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Days 53-54: Devils Tower, Little Bighorn Battlefield, Laundry Day

October 14-15, 2017 We awoke to find the massive Devils Tower looming directly over our campsite. Since we arrived after dark the previous night, we had no idea that the tower was right beside us. We drove up the hill a few minutes to the visitor center and did the loop trail around this rock that seemingly …

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Day 52: Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park

October 13, 2017 In the morning, we packed up and ate breakfast before driving to Mount Rushmore. We visited the exhibits, watched the video, and took the Presidential Trail to get an up-close look. We ate ham sandwiches in the car and drove to Crazy Horse. We walked through the exhibits and watched the video. The monument will …

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