After 9 days away, it was time for me to head back to Kansas City. Pepper was going to stay another week in Driggs, ID, but, alas, I had to get back to work (and to the kitties). I was on the first flight of the day and she was kind enough to drive me to the airport in Jackson Hole, WY, before the sun was up.
Sunrise from the Jackson Hole, WY, Airport. That's not a cross below - it's the airport's radar, I think.
A trip that took 25 hours by car lasted only 5 hours by plane.
This sign was at Sand Springs on the Oregon Trail, where we saw the wagon wheel ruts. Mr. Manville speaks the truth! I am happy to report that Pepper and I are still friends!
When I got home, Oscar was mad at me for being gone so long, but Cricket was grateful I'd returned. Typical. They took turns sleeping in my suitcase. That's how cats say, "I missed you."
My Welcoming Committee: Cricket on the left, Oscar on the right. [very difficult to photograph a black cat sitting in a black suitcase.]
Here are some vacation stats:
1230 - the number of miles we drove from KCMO to Driggs, ID, give or take a few.
6 - the number of states we drove through (it would have been 5 had we not taken a
brief detour through Nebraska when looking for the Arikaree Breaks).
508 - the number of motorcycles we saw. Kidding! I have no idea how many we saw, too many to count. But I did realize that motorcyclists are like bridesmaids: They look better in groups!
47 - the number of US states we saw represented by license plates. The only states we missed were Rhode Island, Maine, and Alaska (which I thought we'd see for sure). Pepper saw Hawaii when she drove back a week after I left, but I'm counting it anyway!
6 - the number of Canadian provinces we saw represented by license plates Alberta ~ British Columbia ~ Manitoba ~ Ontario ~ Quebec ~ Saskatchewan
1 - the number of Mexican states we saw as represented by license plates
Viva Tamalupias! Viva Mexico!
The darling house had it right: Wherever you wander, wherever you roam, be happy and healthy and glad to come home!