All in all we stayed in our trip budget of $500 of less and because South County Boy got paid for those 2 half days of work onto a debit card (there wasn't enough time to set up direct deposit), we were able to creatively use the card to get the cash off it and apply that money towards our little trip budget, so when we came home, a lot of the money we had earmarked for vacation didn't really need to leave our account! Bueno for that!
Trip Cost: $425.24
Toll Fees: $12.00
Cave tour: $16.00
Food/Going out with friends/family: $136.92
As always, gas and food take up a large portion of our budget, but I'm really proud that we stuck to our guns and spent under $500 for our weekly get-a-way!
Our trip started out with our usual pit-stop in Baker California... Not for gas, but for our traditional stop at Alien Fresh Jerky for Root beer & a picture next to the worlds largest thermometer.
Upon our arrival in Utah, we got some good time in with family in friends... I finally got to meet Baby Alice, spend time with my brother-in-law's kids (George and Allen), and hit some of our favorite Utah haunts like Iceberg, Kneaders, and Bridal Veil Falls. SCB and I spent our anniversary eating breakfast at Kneaders and then getting sandwiches from Win-Co and eating them down at Bridal Veil Falls (essentially re-enacting one of our earlier first dates!)
After leaving Utah, we went to the Great Basin National Park where we spent a few days camping, exploring, hiking, and doing a pretty nifty cave tour. My brother in law popped a tire somewhere along the trail, and it did rain one day while we were camping, but even with those small hic-ups, we had a really nice time. My Mother-in-law was able to take us around everywhere and tell us the history of the area and how her great greats founded not only both valleys surrounding Wheeler Peak, but how they helped change and form the different areas. We went to a few historic cemeteries where her family members are buried and just tried to absorb the setting and all the family stories.
|Watching Deer intently from the hammock!|
|Baby Allen can walk now!!! He's a toddler!|
|Old farm house where my MIL's ancestors worked in...|
|George Exploring our our campsite...|
|Inside the Lehmann Caves which we tour'd|
|Finally achieved a state sign!|
|look, he's making a spoon|
|Setting up camp...|
|And another state sign...|
|Me on a hike...|
|Ancestor's grave marker...|
|My father in law "improving" the |
|Its my goal to make all my family members like pandas... |
|Making fire in the rain...|
|Another trail head/overlook|
|Makes me wish he was a daddy...|
|The abandoned, person-less working gas station with only|
4 pump stations...
|The Nevada flood on the way home through Vegas...|
|Just cause Road art is really cool!|