The Wagon Queen Family Truckster Goes Northwest - Update 10/3 pg 6 (Canada)

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  1. middlepat

    middlepat Dis Dad Member #325

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    Hi All,

    So this is the start of a non-Disney trip report from our family's road trip to visit my family in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Before I get ahead of myself, lets give you all some background...

    Our family:

    We are a family of 5 from Arlington Heights, IL, a suburb of Chicago. I grew up in Canada and moved to Chicago after college, where I met my wonderful DW.

    We are:

    Me - Brian (38) - Lead singer and driver of the Winnebago.
    DW - Erika (not 38) - Mother to 3 beautiful girls and chief navigator (remember this for later)
    DD1 - Mary (8) - Master of the Nintendo DS and keeper of the snacks
    DD2 - Shannon (7) - the Queen of all Drama
    DD3 - Megan (3.5) - the Hot Potato as she always keeps us hopping.



    The Plan:

    A few months back, we were talking with the kids about our family in Canada and they told us that they missed their cousins as they hadn't seen them in over a year and a half. DW and I talked this over and we thought it would be fun to do a cross country road trip. So we starting planning a 2 week extravaganza where we would see some of our country's National Parks, spend a week with family, and cover nearly 4500 miles in the process.

    The Route:

    So as we sat down with our handy dandy road atlas, Google maps, and AAA TripTik tools, we started to draw out the routes we could take between Arlington Heights and Edmonton. As we looked at the maps, our plan was to try to find interesting stopping points along the way, as well as keeping the driving manageable for each day. After considering a number of different routes, we decided on including the following sites:

    The Corn Palace
    Buffalo Grasslands and Badlands
    Mt Rushmore
    Jewel Cave
    Old Faithful
    Mammoth Hot Springs


    Coming up next, departure day.
     
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  3. Grooovertoo

    Grooovertoo DIS Dad #572

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    popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::subbbbbing!
     
  4. Rental01

    Rental01 DIS Dad’s Club Member #366

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    I'm in! [​IMG]
     
  5. tutter99

    tutter99 DIS Veteran

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    Oooooo, trip back to the motherland!

    I'm in!

    Did you make ADR's for Swiss Chalet or Harvey's?:cool1:
     
  6. jason4024

    jason4024 <font color=red>DIS Dad #541<br><font color=navy>I

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    A trip report not going to a disney park? You mean people still take those kinds of vacations? :confused3:confused3

    Subbing to follow along
     
  7. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    Hey there, nemesis. You can't have a TR without me here to hijack it, you know. pirate:
     
  8. GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes

    GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes Dis Dad #469 . . . . "Nation Ford", SC

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    I’ll follow along (I need a vacation).
     
  9. middlepat

    middlepat Dis Dad Member #325

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    :welcome:
    Glad you are all along for the ride. Hopefully you all have set your expectations low enough so that I can meet them. :lmao:

    Thanks for joining. I must admit that we did not get to enjoy a stop at Swiss Chalet / Harvey's this trip :-)scared1: I know, its a travesty missing out on Harvey's Poutine, in fact it one of my few regrets from this trip)

    Ok there nemesis, I suppose I'll welcome you to, if nothing else it will keep me honest about staying on top of this to avoid hijacking.

    BTW, can you pick out any of the movie quote references from my into? No points, just the satisfaction that you've infulenced TRs forever going forward.
     
  10. afwdwfan

    afwdwfan DIS Dad #460

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    D'Oh!!! No points??? Forget this TR!

    Just kidding, looking forward to reading about your epic road trip, Clark!
     
  11. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    The Wagon Queen Family Truckster...a fine automobile, from National Lampoon's Vacation! :thumbsup2

    It's nice to know my influence has been felt far and wide...it's all part of my plans to dominate the Tri-State Area.

    I guess it's another Whose Line TR...the points don't matter. :guilty:
     
  12. FreezinRafiki

    FreezinRafiki Cold enough for ya?

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    Interesting that we put on as many miles as you at the same time, but in the opposite direction. Go Big Oil! Wooo Hoooo!
     
  13. middlepat

    middlepat Dis Dad Member #325

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    Hi everyone, I thought it would be appropriate to first of all apologize for not getting the next update posted here yet, but I still have not downloaded all of our pictures and I would like to have a few for our next installment.

    Also, I wanted to let everyone know that today we had a family detour to go and pick up our newest family member....

    PERRRY

    [​IMG]
     
  14. middlepat

    middlepat Dis Dad Member #325

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    So, where were we... oh yeah we just did the introductions. I wish the guy writing this trip report was a little more timely... oh wait, that's me... This TR is AWESOME. :rotfl2:

    So Saturday morning rolls around and we wake up bright and early to pack up the van. We get everything all situated and roll out to.... SOFTBALL.

    {side note}
    When we first planned our trip we tried to account for all events / team sports so we pulled out the schedules from last year, analyzed, reviewed and decided we should be fine booking the last week of June / first week of July for vacation. So with time booked at work and my primary backup person already booked out the second week of July, we get the softball schedule and see that the last game is JUNE 30th???...what the.... oh well. So we had originally planned to head out first thing Saturday morning but the girls had a softball game at 10:30. So we re-tooled the schedule and decided we would leave after softball.
    {end side note}

    So we headed off to the girls last softball game of the season with the van packed about 90%. We figured that it would be good to swing by home before hitting the road for last minute items / potty breaks.

    So about 1:00 PM we head out on I-90 going west. The plan was to drive to Sioux Falls the first day without any sightseeing stops. This was fairly easily obtained as we were driving through Wisconsin and Minnesota. :rotfl2: So we drove without much ado for the majority of the afternoon /evening. The few notable events of this part of the drive were as follows:

    - The first "are we there yet" didn't happen until a little after 5pm from Shannon. (she won the prize for being the most impatient).

    - When we crossed the Mississippi River Megan renamed it the "Sippy" River. Of course every river we crossed after that was also called the "Sippy" River.

    So without further ado we pulled into Sioux Falls around 9:30 pm. We had a reservation at the Springhill Suites. As it turned out we were not able to book the same sub-chain hotel for the 6 nights that we stayed in hotels so I'll be adding comments about each hotel.

    We were very happy with the room at Springhill Suites and this was one of our top 2 hotels for the trip. The hotel seemed relatively new (or at least recently renovated). We had booked a room with 2 queen beds and a pull out sofa. This worked out very well for our family and the room was very spacious. Overall I would give Springhill Suites an A based on this experience.

    So there we have it, we've made it to South Dakota and are ready to begin the sightseeing part of our adventure.

    Next up.... The Corn Palace!!!!
     
  15. chillcoupons

    chillcoupons Dis Dad's Club Member #81

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    I can't wait for the Corn Palace. It has been over 30 years since I was there. I hope you post Pictures!:cool1:
     
  16. afwdwfan

    afwdwfan DIS Dad #460

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    Did they win? :confused3

    What would be the point in even having plans if you didn't have to change them? :rolleyes1
     
  17. middlepat

    middlepat Dis Dad Member #325

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    Yes we have pics of the Corn Palace, and some other places... If all goes well, I'll get an update done tonight.

    As with all rec league sports at this level score is not kept and everyone wins... but our team won better then their team. :rolleyes1

    {forshadowing - on}
    As for plans, agreed, and you'll see more evidence of just that as we continue our little excursion.
    {forshadowing - off}

    C'mon, I gotta try to keep people interested in this TR somehow. :rotfl2:
     
  18. FreezinRafiki

    FreezinRafiki Cold enough for ya?

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    Silly Flatlander, there's tons of stuff to do along I-90
    • State Street in Madison. It was the middle of the day in the middle of the summer, so the drunken debauchery would probably be at level acceptable to take a family with young kids. Probably.
    • Wisconsin Dells: Museum of Historic Torture Devices
    • La Crosse: World's largest 6 pack of beer.

    I agree with you on Minnesota, though. There's nothing over there.
     
  19. middlepat

    middlepat Dis Dad Member #325

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    I will give you those mentioned items but:

    1) We have taken the kids to "The Dells" and were afraid of a revolt if we stopped and then tried to load then back in the car.

    2) DW and I have been to State Street in Madison on a Saturday afternoon pre-kids and we were concerned about the flashbacks.

    3) I think DW was afraid of the same as #1 with me in LaCrosse.

    As for calling me a "flat-lander" I would like to point out the following:

    [​IMG]

    This is near where my friends and I would go camping when living in Canada, so don't be bringing no "flat-lander" my way.
     
  20. afwdwfan

    afwdwfan DIS Dad #460

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    You and Mark might have to let the whole nemesis thing slide... at least temporarily. Between this and the shirt Barry wore to meet Mark, it looks like he's trying to make this nemesis pairing a trio. :lmao::rotfl2:
     
  21. middlepat

    middlepat Dis Dad Member #325

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    Oh no, we can't quite go there. See, Barry and I have this Illinois / Wisconsin love / hate thing going on, but I could never become his nemesis as he's a Cubs fan. So you see the conundrum there.

    Now, Mark on the other hand.... he and I have this deep rooted hate that goes all the way back to 2010 where his "Blares Horn" went up against my badaba badaba badaba badaba, and we won the cup!

    So, even though Barry and I don't always see eye to eye on most topics (outside of Disney and Dole Whips) any animosity that he directs to Mark is more than welcome. Something like the enemy of my enemy's enemy doesn't really bother me.
     

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