Bro, buy suntan lotion! And more national forests!

JACKSON, WY — Another day, more sunburn for me!

Actually, it was another fabulous day on the road as my road trip is slowly coming to a close.

I drove through three more national forests — Cache, Caribou and Bridger and Teton — and Cache took the cake by a mile.

View from the top of Cache National Forest.

The West is absolutely gorgeous and I’m not even an outdoors person. This is an incredible place to travel and see, and I urge all people my age to do it. The only thing you’ll regret is not doing it.

This little duck was trying to get this weed for five minutes. He finally got it.
Cache National Forest.

After I got through Cache National Forest, I stopped in Fish Haven, Idaho, for some golf overlooking Bear Lake, which is a big ass body of water. That’s the only way I can describe it.

I golfed a great round and got more sunburned in the process. But I made a few pars and birds during my nine holes, so it was worth it!

I stopped in Garden City, Utah, which is before Fish Haven, for a big burger called the “Big Bear.” It was two patties, tomato, onions, lettuce, ketchup, mustard and mayo and it was fabulous. I’m a huge fan of drive-ins and this was great! Easy, simple food.

After my meal, it was time to hit the links at Bear Lake West Golf Course, which is a nice 9-hole course overlooking Bear Lake. The guy running the pro shop was out killing weeds when I pulled up and his internet was working when I checked in, so he said, “Just stop by after your round is done and pay then.” I guess I played too quickly because when I came back, his internet still wasn’t working.

He told me today was my lucky day, which I didn’t think it was because I’m pink like a salmon fillet! But he bought my round and we shared a 25-minute conversation. He was a good guy and I’ll definitely stop back if I get the chance to be in the area again.

It couldn’t have been a better day for golf. No wind and 75 degrees. I’ll bring the suntan lotion next time.

I arrived in Jackson, Wyoming a little after 4:15 p.m. and this town in fantastic. I’m looking to have a fun night here before hopefully finishing my last round of golf in the morning in the Teton Forest and traveling through Yellowstone National Park and ending up in Sheridan.

I’m sad my vacation is coming to an end, but this has been the best experience of my life.

Two more days!

I’m off to buy some damn lotion!


Golf, Salt Lake City and one stupid GPS

Salt Lake City, UT — Wednesday marked the peak in my trip.

I got up early and headed for Salt Lake City, which is as far west as I’ll go on this journey.

I stopped in Roosevelt to play nine holes of golf before making the rest of the 134-mile journey.

It was a perfect day out. No wind and temperatures that reached 70 degrees.

I stopped in Park City, which is about 20 miles east of Salt Lake City, for some lunch. Park City is a big ski resort town, but the weather was way too nice to do any skiing. I stopped at Wasatch Brewing company and had some drinks before making my way to the Blue Iguana for a Mexican lunch. The carnitas burrito is something you wouldn’t find at any Chipotle. This was the real deal Mexican food.

Jalapeño cream ale beer. Wasatch Brewing Company uses 110 pounds of jalapeños in every batch of this kind of beer.

After lunch, I walked around the town a little bit, just seeing what was going on. After I had enough, I waddled back to my car to finish the drive to Salt Lake City.

Downtown Park City, Utah.
The next two photos are some views from Mountains Dell Golf Course.


Of course, though, I had to play more golf. I stopped at Mountain Dell Golf Course, which is 10 miles outside the downtown area and played nine more holes.

Walking that many holes in one day, especially this second course with all the hills, is something that would be difficult even if I was in shape! Still, it didn’t affect my golf game much. I’m in peak form!

After I was done, and sunburned, I finally made my way into the city. Finding my hotel was not easy in the slightest because my car’s GPS decided to flip out and send me on a wild goose chase. I knew I wasn’t anywhere close to my hotel, but once I exited off the Interstate, I couldn’t find my damn way back on and my GPS did not help me. Once I pulled over, collected my thoughts and figured that the freeway ran east-west, I headed west — parallel to it — and finally found the enter ramp.

After checking in, the day in the sun got to me, but I muscled up the strength to drive out to see the Great Salt Lake. Wow, it truly was scenic and cool to see. It’s not the biggest body of water in the United States, but with the sun shining and the mountains surrounding it — on a perfect day like Wednesday — it was awesome.18222639_1533998559965041_5527045651100762963_n.jpg

I got back to my room and wanted some simple food and to watch the NBA and NHL playoffs, so I went to Buffalo Wild Wings for a snack. If you’ve never had fireball and ginger ale — as a mixed drink — it’s something that will refresh the pallet after a long day.

All in all, Wednesday was a mother tremendous day — except for the GPS fiasco — but if you stop, take a breath and live in the moment, you can find your way.

Thursday’s adventure is Jackson, Wyoming!

Safe travels!

Golf, Fort Laramie and drinks

FORT COLLINS, CO — Monday marked the third day of my Western Road Trip.

I took off from Custer, South Dakota, on US Highway 18 and stopped in Hot Springs at Southern Hills Golf Course. It’s a very nice course in the Black Hills. I played and walked nine holes and, surprisingly, my golf game wasn’t too bad for it being the first time this year.

Tee No. 1 at Southern Hills Golf Course

After golf, I hopped in my car continued on my journey to Fort Collins, Colorado. The mountains became much more prevalent as I got closer to Colorado. I was surprised how high the speed limits were on a two-lane road in Wyoming! In Minnesota, you’re lucky to see the speed limit reach 60 M.P.H. In Wyoming, it’s 70 and I was always getting passed by people.

Some of the scenic traveling in Wyoming is breathtaking. There is nothing like traveling down into a valley and seeing for miles, with mountains in the distance.

I stopped to see Fort Laramie. Checking out national monuments is not something I’m a huge fan of, but I really enjoyed seeing this fort. A lot of the buildings have been preserved and I stopped to read the placards and take pictures. It was cool to see some of the old firing weapons that were used back in the 1800s.18301391_1531395290225368_7248244401244906087_n.jpg

The “bachelor” officer house.


A Gatling gun that was used back in the day.
This is where the calvary was housed.


After spending about 30 minutes at Fort Laramie, I called it a day and headed to Cheyenne for gas and lunch.18268663_1531395383558692_7545317156537877870_n.jpg

Cheyenne is a short drive to Fort Collins and after checking into my hotel room, I went downtown to check out some bars.

I stopped at Whisk(e)y, where they have the third-largest whiskey selection of any bar in the country and the largest in Colorado.

The guy made me a whiskey sour with an egg white. I’m not a huge fan of those kinds of drinks, but this one was very good. After finishing my drink and food, I headed next door to a bar where they were serving $2 taps. I watched some basketball, then walked around the downtown area.

A whiskey sour made with an egg white

Fort Collins is a very interesting town with a good downtown square, but I don’t think I would want to live here.

All in all, it was a great day of driving, enjoying a few drinks and some good food.

I’m off to Utah in the morning with a stop in Steamboat Springs for some more golf. I’ll be traveling through Roosevelt National Forest, which means it’ll take some time, so I must get some rest.