From CO to WisCO

by Holly on August 21, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,family,travel

We did it.

We moved the bravest of the Everythingtarian family into her new college home in Colorado. A few tears were shed (although, it was nothing in comparison to the category 5 water works of my college move-in) before we left her to assert her newfound independence approximately 1,000 miles from home.

Like I said, she’s a brave one.

Before we hit the road back to Wisco, I hit up a swanky continental breakfast in our hotel.

1 cup cooked oatmeal
2 T raisins
1 T chopped pecans
sprinkle of brown sugar
drizzle of maple syrup
1/3 banana nut mini muffin
1 T peanut butter

I also devoured some melon, coffee and a USA Today crossword for good measure.

By the end of the trip, it was only Mama + Daddy Everythingtarian and I left. With three sisters, I cannot tell you the last time I had solo time with my parents.

I persuaded them that we just HAD to stop here on our way back home…

Any guesses? Perhaps Kristin may know this one?


Our venture into Colorado’s capital city only lasted a couple hours, but I already want to move here.

Walking along the famed 16th Street Mall, I spotted a restaurant FULL of people. When traveling and in search of a good grub, I look at two things: the menu + how many people are eating there.

Luckily, Paramount Cafe was no exception to this rule.

Big Nose Red Ale, Colorado BBQ elk burger (sans bacon) + sweet potato fries.


Then we drove from the rural outskirts of Denver…

…through the unending flatness better known as Nebraska…

…to the corn-dotted fields of Iowa.

We stopped in Shelby, Iowa to pee.

It just so happened Mama E had a mini Blizzard craving at that very moment, and wouldn’t ya know there was a DQ right next door?

However, fate turned against us – they were out of mini Blizzard cups!

Imagine our confusion when we found out two small Blizzards + one small chocolate banana malt only totaled to $4.04. Whhhaaatttt? As it turns out, the manager believes the mini Blizzards are overpriced so she only charged us $1.04 for the mini Blizzards (mine being Reese’s PB Cup) and gave us smalls.

Although, small may be a slight understatement…

Now, THAT’S a muffin top people.

As much as we loved the Shelby, Iowa DQ, we knew there was one place we would perhaps love more: Walcott, Iowa.

Home of the World’s Largest Truck Stop!

No words.

No offense, but this place was a bit…backwards.

And that’s putting it nicely.

We relied on making fun of people (sorry, it was too hard not to) and Wendy’s to get us through the last leg of our journey back to America’s Dairyland…

The Baja Salad was surprisingly tasty – mixed greens, chili, pico de gallo, guacamole, shredded cheese and seasoned tortilla strips. Sans dressing (not needed) and with 1/2 the cheese, this was less than 600 calories and boasted about 35 grams of protein. Mind you, the fat was a bit high as was the sodium, but since I almost never eat fast food, it was all good in the hood to me.

And that my friends, commences this Everythingtarian family road trip.

I am back home and ready to tackle a major to-do list today…

  • Run 4 miles
  • Unpack
  • Edit an application for a friend
  • E-mails
  • Clean vacuum filter
  • Blog thangs
  • Sell some stuff on Craigslist/Ebay
  • Rework my budget
  • Cooking/meal prep





Road trips – love ’em or hate ’em? LOVE ‘EM. So. Much. Fun.