It was a big day! The Rise and Shine was at a beautiful, old train yard in Cheyenne, WY that was just oozing with rich history of the Wild West. Many of the buildings in downtown Cheyenne were marked that they had been built in the late 1800s and had been beautifully preserved. It was cool to close your eyes and imagine cowboys on horses riding down those very streets, long ago.
The big news of the day came from Thomas Felbermair, vice president of MINI of the Americas, who announced that money had been raised to provide more than 1-million meals for Feeding America. Woohoo! The original goal had been 800,000 meals, but now we will try to make 1.6 million by the end of the campaign as we continue to #defyhunger. And as part of that, on the same day we earned our final badge for surpassing our own goal of $1,000 raised, with a current total of nearly $1600 raised by Team MightyBee! We’re now trying to make it to $2,000 and we’re excepting donations for the MightyBee and the Beehive stickers with all proceeds going to Feeding America. Come find us at one of the remaining events or donate through our link. Thanks for your support!
We decided to jump ahead of the pack for the long drive and left Cheyenne just before 9 AM. With another 6.5-hour drive ahead we skipped the “Surprise and Delight” and chose the quicker, Interstate route. It was not a disappointing route by any means, with tons of beauty along the way as we passed through hours of Wyoming countryside. At one point you could look to your right and see scorched grasslands and look in the distance to your left to see snow-capped mountains (the Rockies in Colorado?). Beautiful rock formations lined the highway in places and we passed through a cool tunnel under one mountain. Freight trains, with their battered and beautiful Union Pacific engines chugged along in the distance, with lines of cars behind them that made the trains longer than many of the Main Streets in the towns through which we had passed.
There is just so much beauty in the expanse of our country and it’s hard to not get caught up in it. We mostly live our lives taking planes to go to various destinations and in doing so, we miss so much of the beauty, history and culture we have here. Mrs. MINIBee and I have talked about traveling to many places in the World after we retire, and we will do that. But before we do, I want to start here. I found myself choked-up by the beauty of it and although the pace of this trip can be frustrating when you can’t stay to explore new areas, I’m grateful for the inspiration it has provided that will bring me back. It seemed corny at the time, but as we motored along I began to sing the classic Woody Guthrie tune, “This Land is Your Land.”
This land is your land This land is my land
From California to the New York island;
From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and Me.
We arrived in the Park City area around 3 PM and began to climb the mountains. Wow, it is absolutely stunning here. The terrain is different than the Smokies, with mostly bushes on the mountains and that creates a more open feel. After checking in at the Park City RV resort we hooked up the Beehive and actually had time to take a nap! We then headed to DeJoria Center in Kamas, UT for the night’s event and checked-in there briefly before succumbing to the call of the local roads and the search for more beauty. We took the highway heading to Mirror Lake, UT and we were rewarded by our choice with beautiful, sweeping roads through stunning mountains. We pulled off to make some pictures of a creek, then headed back. I saw a familiar MINI at local restaurant so we pulled in and had dinner with our friends, Ian and Jackie Hardy from Miami. It was a really great day!
Off to Vegas now, with another 6.5 hour drive. Hope wants to stop in Salt Lake City for photos of the high school used in the movie “High School Musical,” so we will be diverting a bit today to accommodate. MTTS is passing by faster than I thought it would, but I appreciate the sentiment on sign that VP Thomas Felbermair was holding at the morning event, often attributed to Dr. Seuss:
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
Keep smiling, everyone.