I've been reworking our summer trip and trying to look at alternate places to stay on the way home because I can not get an associate rate at any Marriott hotel. I've also decided we won't be going to the tri-cites or over to Seattle. We will just be staying at my dads for the whole week. With the way gas prices are and the fact that I don't want to be so rushed I think this is the best way to go. I've decided we will leave my dad's a day earlier than we had originally planned. We will take 4 days and 3 nights coming home and stay in KOA campgrounds. It will end up costing almost what we would have paid to stay at the Spearfish, SD Fairfield Inn for one night and we won't have to drive 12 hours to get there. That was my original plan--to drive from dad's to Spearfish on the 23rd and then drive home from Spearfish. Based on how tired I was driving home in April I don't want to do that. So my plan is to get money out of my savings account tomorrow and put it into my checking account and book the reservations at the KOA campgrounds. they require pre-payment but you can cancel 1 week before arrival so if I do change my mind again I can still get out of it. At two of the camp grounds (Buffalo, WY and Kennebec, SD) they have teepees to sleep in! I'm going to try to get those reserved. I think Jordan would LOVE sleeping in them. Here are the places I'm going to make reservations at: Butte, MT http://www.koa.com/where/mt/26106/ We will just stay in one of their one bedroom cabins. Buffalo, WY http://www.koa.com/where/wy/50152/ These guys have the teepees and Kennebec, SD http://www.koa.com/where/sd/41101/ These guys also have teepees Here's a pic of the inside of their teepees. We just need to take our sleeping bags with us. All of these campgrounds have pools and the Buffalo, Wy one has horses nearby and has a horse corral on property so campers can bring their horses. Jordan would be in absolute heaven if they had horses there. So as of now this is my itenerary for our trip:
7/13—Home to Sioux Falls, SD (RI)= 174 miles approx 2 hours and 43 min
7/14—Sioux Falls to Billings, MT (SH) = 722 miles approx. 9 hours and 52 min
7/15—Billings to dad’s = 520 miles approx 7 hours and 15 min.
7/22—Dad’s to Butte, MT—KOA= 297 miles approx 4 hrs and 18 min
7/23—Butte to Buffalo, WY—KOA= 391 mi approx 5 hrs and 24 min
7/24—Buffalo to Kennebec, SD—KOA= 387 mi approx 5 hrs and 19 min
7/25—Kennebec to home—approx 5 hrs