Subject: My Roadtrip--need advice
Hi Ziners -- It seems like it's been weeks since we left home, but we're just going into our sixth day. I'm writing this from my cousin's home in a suburb of Denver. We leave here tomorrow for Camino, California (not far from Lake Tahoe and the Nevada border) where we will visit another cousin.

It's about this next leg of the trip that I can use some advice. Last night when I sat down with my maps to try to get an idea of where we'd be spending our two nights on the road, I discovered that I'd accidentally scheduled three nights on the road between here and Camino. It's not feasible to spend an extra night here and I'm pretty sure that arriving in Camino a night early isn't an option either (although I haven't been able to reach my cousin to confirm this).

The problem with trying to schedule an extra night on this part of the trip is that towns with accommodations aren't particularly well-spaced for three nights on the road. So my question is, does anyone have any knowledge of southern Wyoming, and/or northern Utah and Nevada? If so, do you have any suggestions as to where we might spend some extra time? If we were to spend two nights in Salt Lake City, what might we want to see/do there?

What follows is a quick summary of our trip so far:

We left our home in Columbia County, NY at 7am on Saturday, August 14. The highlight of our first day was a visit to Niagara Falls where we got lost. Then our entire view of the Falls was while unsuccessfully looking for a place to park on the Canadian side.

We spent our first night at Erie Breezes (, a warm and friendly B&B in West Lorne, ON near Lake Erie. Sunday we drove on to Ann Arbor where we spent a couple of hours. I was even able to show my husband around my old dorm. The traffic was really terrible that day and we encountered a horrendus backup in Indiana where we ended up taking a huge detour to get around it. We spent Sunday night in a cheap motel (the Excel Inn) in Davenport, Iowa. All I can say about that one is that I definitely hope we don't encounter anything worse on this trip since our night's sleep was interrupted twice by obscene phone calls that had to have originated from within the motel.

Monday we drove all the way across Iowa and to Broken Bow, Nebraska where we stayed at the Arrow Hotel which is on the National Register of historic sites. Our room set us back a total $53 including tax! Broken Bow is in the Sand Hill country and the area is amazingly beautiful. It's truly where the West begins. I've been wanting to go there for over 30 years, ever since reading "Old Jules" by Maria Sandoz. I'd definitely like to visit Nebraska again.

We arrived here in the Denver area on Tuesday evening and have been having a great visit with my cousin. Yesterday we spent the day in Boulder. My husband and I are definitely putting it on our list of places we'd like to retire to. The setting is beautiful and it's a vibrant and friendly city. One of the highlights of the day was a visit to and tour of the Celestial Seasonings tea factory. Even my husband who disdains the idea of herbal teas or anything else that might smack of "healthy" loved it.

BTW, you may recall that I'd been concerned that my husband and I might kill each other on this trip. Well, our only argument so far was while we were still in our own driveway!

So that's it for the first part of our trip. Again, I'd appreciate any advice on how to take advantage of an extra day on the next leg of our trip.

Landra from upstate NY, currently in Colorado