After the last suitcase was
forcefully shoved lovingly nestled into my already overstuffed car and a handful of tearful hugs and puppy snuggles were given, our California road trip, or our Mother-Daughter Grand Adventure as mom liked to call it, had officially begun.
Armed with enough snacks to feed a small army and a fresh playlist chock-full of showtunes, broadway musicals and Shania Twain, we were on our way.
First state on the list was Wisconsin. No more than a 25 minute drive from our house, this stop didn’t resemble much of an accomplishment, but we decided to stick to our original mission: to get a selfie with each state’s “Welcome” sign.
After taking in the amazing, never-before-seen sights of America’s dairyland (read: flat), we passed an intriguing sign urging us not to miss Ehlenbahc’s Cheese Chalet. What is a chalet, you may ask? Not a no clue. Thus our first pit-stop was decided.
And on we drove.
And then we made another pit stop…
Armed with more knowledge about the sodium-rich mystery meat than we cared to admit, the Minnesota weather wasted no time letting us know (rather rudely) that we overstayed our welcome. By the time we stepped foot out of the museum, raindrops larger than my thumb began to fall, and so began the race to Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
And on we drove.
And marveled at the Ikea catalog we brought along.
Wondering what happened to our Minnesota welcome selfie? Turns out that there isn’t a welcome sign from Wisconsin to Minnesota, so we cheated a little bit and got both the South Dakota and Minnesota sign at the same time, border hopping.
We checked into our first hotel and scurried off to dinner at Phillips Avenue Diner in quaint downtown Sioux Falls and were just in time to be seated at the last available patio table, as this 50’s-style diner was bustling.
Afterwards mom and I enjoied the weather and walked around the downtown, imagining how everything would look if the shops were open (everything closed at 8 p.m.).
Tomorrow we head off to Sturgis, North Dakota. Stay tuned for the Badlands, Wall Drug, Mount Rushmore, and other Grand Adventure shenanigans!
Bonus: My Snapchat video for today