On the 28th day of the PapiBlogger Family Road Trip we drove from Minnesota to the outskirts of Chicago, Illinois but the evening of sight-seeing in Chicago was largely ruined thanks to a leaky diaper.
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On the 27th Day of the PapiBlogger Family Road Trip, the Ruiz clan explored the Wild West town of Deadwood, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, a place with such a rich, checkered past that the entire town is designated a National Historic Landmark.
Deadwood (population 1,380) is an old mining town that was to the Wild West of the 1800’s what Las Vegas is to us today – only MUCH wilder. Bars, brothels, gambling, brawls, greed for gold and gunfights characterized Deadwood.
On the 26th Day of the PapiBlogger Family Road Trip we discovered that Wyoming’s natural beauty, saw the titular landmark where “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” was filmed and faced our nation’s history at Mount Rushmore.
BUFFALO BILL HISTORICAL CENTER
We started the day with an unfortunately short visit to the top quality Wild West-themed Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. Buffalo Bill (1846-1917) was a larger than life, former army scout turned showman who for many years brought the Wild West alive to U.S and international audiences with a traveling road show that featured rodeos, cowboy gunslingers, Native American artists and more. (more…)
Major Twitter party TODAY at 6 p.m. ET for major PapiBlogger social media insights update. More info at http://tinyurl.com/25a5f9k
Catch up with Papiblogger at two upcoming activities
On June 20th, Manny Ruiz and his family left Miami for a 10,000-mile PapiBlogger Family Road Trip that will visit the four corners of the continental United States. Now it’s time to have an online touch base with PapiBlogger at this twitter party. He will share creative parenting tricks and exciting prizes.
#PapiBlogger Twitter Party!
Date: Saturday, July 17th, 2010
Time: 6pm to 7:30pm East Time
5pm to 6:30pm Central Time
3:00pm to 4:30pm Pacific Time
Please RSVP here
You can see this Twitter party as a chat here: http://tweetgrid.com
More Info: www.papiblogger.com
Date: Monday, July 19th, 2010
Time: 8:30am to 10:30am CST
Location: Rock n Roll McDonald’s Restaurant located at 600 N. Clark St.
The first 15 people to arrive will have a FREE breakfast.
PapiBlogger (Manny) will be sharing some of his adventures during his cross-country journey.
You’ll be able to take photos and check out the Papimobile.
For more information you can visit the nation’s first bilingual web site devoted to showcasing creative parenting tricks for moms and dads at http://papiblogger.com
DISCLOSURE: McDonald’s a national sponsor of PapiBlogger and the PapiBlogger Family Road Trip
On Day 25 of Road Trip, PapiBlogger Goes Back to Yellowstone for Bear Sightings, Cool Vistas and More GeysersPosted by PapiBlogger on at 12:07 PM
On the 25th Day of the PapiBlogger Family Road Trip, we went back to Yellowstone to find ever-elusive bears, gaze at the park’s famous version of the Grand Canyon and to see the tallest geyser in the world.
WHERE’S THE BEAR?
You always hear horror stories about frisky bears at national parks like Yellowstone so we thought we would spend the day aggressively looking for them on our way to some of the park’s main destinations along the road. (more…)
On the 24th Day of the PapiBlogger Family Road Trip, we spent an abbreviated day driving through Yellowstone National Park, where we had close encounters with Old Faithful, muddy geysers, a herd of elks and several hungry buffalos.
On the 23rd Day of the PapiBlogger Family Road Trip, the midway point of our journey, the Ruiz clan spent 12 hours driving from Washington state to Bozeman, Montana but discovered some small town gems along the way.
NO WASHINGTON APPLES IN THIS DESERT
As we headed back east for the part of the trip that takes us from Seattle to Maine we started seeing that the eastern part of Washington is largely desert. It was a large contrast to see chunks of a state so green with tall pine trees turn into desert.
On the 22nd Day of the PapiBlogger Family Road Trip, the Ruiz clan was joined at this point of the journey by the kids’ aunt from Texas, they visited Pike’s Place Fish Market and they also went to the top of Seattle’s famous Space Needle.
TIA MELISSA JOINS THE JOURNEY
My sister-in-law Melissa flew in from Austin last night and would you believe it: our PapiMobile, the 2010 Chevrolet Traverse, still had room for a sixth person? Melissa will be with us from Seattle through Buffalo. The best news of all is that she’ll help us with the driving load and a rare night out.
WORLD CUP AND COFFEE CUPS
In the morning, all three kids and I stayed at the hotel to watch the extremely boring World Cup finale while my coffee-loving wife took a much-needed break from driving and the kids to go with Melissa to the Seattle By Foot “Coffee Crawl” ($22 per person). (more…)
On the 21st Day of the PapiBlogger Family Road Trip the Ruiz clan went to the home where “The Goonies” was filmed and then did the ultimate volcano sight seeing by going airborne over the majestic Mount St. Helens in Washington.
ASTORIA HOME TO ‘THE GOONIES’
We began the day with a quick visit to Astoria, Oregon, a picturesque seaside town near the Oregon-Washington state border where a number of films have been shot including “Kindergarten Cop”, “Short Circuit” and most notably the 80’s classic “The Goonies”. The white “Goonies” house looks considerably smaller than it appears in the movie and overlooks Astoria’s seaport from a high, distant viewpoint. To see the house you have to park about 100 yards down from a hilly parking entrance that denotes its existence.
This wonderful bridge marks the border between Oregon and Washington. It was built by the engineer who created the Golden Gate Bridge.
As remote as it was to find the Goonies house we were surprised to learn that we were just one of four other families that were also there at the same time getting their photos taken in front of the famous house. Poor neighbors. The only consolation they have is that their homes have to be worth more because they’re next door to the Goonies. (more…)
SNOW MOUNTAIN MORNING
It began with the Ruiz clan boarding the ski lifts of the Timerberline Lodge, which took us to the belly of Mt. Hood at an altitude of 7,000 feet. The Timberline Lodge Ski Area has the only year-round ski season in North America but we couldn’t take advantage of the skiing because at this time of the year it’s only available for intermediate and expert skiers. (more…)
On Day 19 of the PapiBlogger family road trip LeBron James chose the Miami Heat and the older Ruiz kids saw snow for the first time in their lives at the famous hotel where “The Shining “was shot.
TECHNOLOGY RESCUES EPIC SPORTS ANNOUNCEMENT
Hours after a sluggish start to our day, on our way to the Timberline Lodge that frames the 80’s horror classic The Shining, we learned that LeBron James was holding a live interview on ESPN to announce which team he would be going to.