Top Five 

We’ve been traveling for 16 days, and I keep wondering to myself: How did we survive TWO months on the road last summer? We’re enjoying every stop, but I think we’d benefit from a few nights in one spot. Our daily routine goes like this: wake up, eat breakfast, pack up the RV, drive for 5-6 hours, stop, quickly make dinner, enjoy the main attraction offerred by our host location, collapse from exhaustion, repeat. Last night we roasted marshmallows in Yellowstone. The night before that we attended the Nite Rodeo in Cody. Three nights ago we watched Close Encounters of the Third Kind while camping in the shadow of Devils Tower. The night before that we found ourselves on the shores of Merritt Reservoir in the sand hills of Nebraska. It’s hard to keep it all straight. 

Last night by the fire, I asked the kids to name their top five stops on the road trip so far. Everybody’s list was different. As soon as one person would announce their top five, somebody else would revise theirs and berate others for their rankings: How could you leave out Grasslands? Does the Miles City KOA even count? How could you not include Mahoney? We all agreed, though, that we’re looking forward to sleeping in our own beds soon. A dip in Yellowstone’s Boiling River today might revitalize us. 

About to board the bus to the Cody Nite Rodeo (our 2nd rodeo of this trip) 

At Devils Tower ready to watch Close Encounters of the Third Kind (released in 1977!)

Standing in the warm water at Merritt Reservoir (not pictured: the questionable algae at our feet) 


This IS our first rodeo

Whoa. 300 miles. 5 buffalo. 3 geysers. 2 states. One rodeo.


As we rolled into Cody, Wyoming, Henry started vibrating. We couldn’t get to the cowboy store fast enough to outfit him and his sister with the appropriate attire for their first-ever rodeo – Cody’s Nite Rodeo. It was awesome. We saw bare back bucking bronco riding, calves wrestled to the ground in 10 seconds, and some pretty amazing rope work. Henry’s and Ruby’s minds were blown.

And that was after we’d spent most of the day driving through Yellowstone Park, where the kids saw their first (up close!) buffalo and multiple geysers. All in a day’s work for the Fry Family Quartet. Yeehaw.