Showing posts with label road trip. Show all posts
Showing posts with label road trip. Show all posts

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Our Koffee Trail: Java Drip Coffee

Closer up image of Java Drip Coffee building

Date of Visit: June 29, 2024

Location: Java Drip Coffee, Gallup, NM

Last night we noticed a coffeeshop named Thanx a Latte when exploring Holbrook, Arizona, where we stayed the night. We considered going there before hitting the road this morning, but it was not open on the weekend. In searching where we could go instead, I found Java Drip Coffee in Gallup.

Java Drip Coffee building

When I showed Dad the picture of the place, he called it the coffee shack. It is a good description, but it is also a good design for a small drive through place, especially since it was set up to have a window on each side so could take the order on one side while finishing up the other side's order.

Java Drip Coffee Menu

The menu has a lot of variety. When we were stopping, Mik said he did not want anything, but then he saw the menu and decided he needed to try something, too.

Me with my latte

I had a Toasted Marshmallow Latte.

Mom with her Iced Black & White Mocha

Mom had an Iced Black & White Mocha.

Mik with his Iced Turtle Pie

Mik had an Iced Turtle Pie.

See full list of Our Koffee Trail stops here and Our Koffee Trail Google Maps list here.

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Enchanted Highway: How We Spent Dad's First Retired Father’s Day

Dad and I spent the first week of Dad’s retirement traveling to the 2024 North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Medora. Father’s Day marked the beginning of his second week of retirement. It started off with a visit to Theodore Roosevelt National Park South Unit and a round of mini-golf at Little Bully Pulpit in Medora before beginning our journey back to Chicago on I-94 to pick up Mik and start his 30th birthday trip.

Enchanted Highway sign

There was so much more of North Dakota we wanted to explore, but we settled on checking out the Enchanted Highway as it was right along the route. The Enchanted Highway is a series of large metal sculptures leading to the town of Regent. Not part of the Enchanted Highway, but as we continued on I-94 we also stopped at the largest Holstein cow, sandhill crane, and buffalo.

Geese in Flight sculpture

The first sculpture, Geese in Flight, is actually visible from I-94 as it is right at Exit 72. This sculpture holds the Guinness World Record for Largest Scrap Metal Sculpture.

Geese Sculptures in Flight lining road

Along the road as you approach the parking area for the sculpture, there are Geese sculptures.

Deer Crossing sclupture

Next was Deer Crossing.

Maze of Enchantment metal sculpture fence maze

At this stop we noticed The Maze of Enchantment. We later found many of the sculptures had an associated activity for children (of all ages).

Grasshopper sculpture with wheat sculpture in background

Then there were Grasshoppers.

Giant grasshopper sculpture

Dad riding metal grasshopper

And a ride on a grasshopper.

Western Meadowlark on sign

As we were pulling out of the parking lot for the Grasshoppers we also happened to catch a glimpse of the North Dakota state bird, a Western Meadowlark.

Fish metal sculptures

Our next stop was Dad’s favorite, Fisherman’s Dream.

Me on Metal Boat Sculpture

At this stop there was a boat run aground that you could climb aboard.

Pheasants on the Prairie sculptures

Our next encounter was Pheasants on the Prairie. As we drove to the next stop, we even saw an actual Ring Necked Pheasant crossing the road.

Teddy Roosevelt Rides Again sculpture

Then there was my favorite, Teddy Roosevelt Rides Again.

Dad riding in stagecoach

Here there was a stagecoach you could climb up into.

Giant Tin Family sculptures

Just before arriving in Regent was Tin Family.

Enchanted Highway gift shop and Wirly Gigs sculpture

The journey ends in Regent at a Gift Shop and Wirly Gigs.

Sir Albert Slaying Dragon sculpture

The clerk in the gift shop told us to check out the next sculpture at the end of the road, Sir Albert slaying a Dragon. For more details about the Enchanted Highway, visit the Enchanted Highway website.

Me with Salem Sue

After getting back on I-94, our next stop was in New Salem, ND to see Salem Sue, which is the World's Largest Holstein Cow.

World's Largest Sandhill Crane sculpture

Next stop was the World's Largest Sandhill Crane in Steele, ND.

World's Largest Buffalo sign 1959, Dakota Thunder

Last stop sightseeing in North Dakota was the World's Largest Buffalo in Jamestown, which was built the same year Dad was born.

Me with World's Largest Buffalo