WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Now it was time to head back east. The next morning, it didn't take us long to pass Reno, Nevada. We then spent about six hours crossing Nevada's desert on I-80, where much of the land is uninhabited, and roadside service is scarce to none, obliging travelers to tread carefully. Once out of the desert, the landscape became completely different all at once as we reached Wendover, a town straddling the Nevada/Utah bor- der. The Bonneville Salt Flats at both sides of I-80 were dazzling to the eyes. Continuing on I-80, we passed the Great Salt Lake and ended the day in Salt Lake City. We spent much of the next day crossing Wyoming, and arrived after dusk in Keystone, South Dakota, at the foot of Mount Rushmore National Memorial where the likenesses of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt are carved into the graphite face of the mountain. At the Grand View Terrace, Lakota hoop dancer Jasmine Pickner led a group dance with tourists from all over the world to promote unity and har- mony. Park Ranger Darrell Red Cloud, also a Lakota, accompanied the dance with his drum song. The sight was so moving that I could almost see Lincoln nod approvingly from the face of Mount Rushmore. Before leaving, we went back to Keystone for lunch. Reminiscent of the area's frontier days, the stores along Winter Street feature street-fac- ing balconies on the upper floors, with actors impersonating outlaws swaggering down the street, guns at waist, cracking whips. The scene resembled the television series Deadwood, which depicts the area's law- less past during the gold rush. The actual town of Deadwood is not far from Keystone. We got on I-90 at Rapid City, fast-forwarding through South Dakota where we admired the simple beauty of vast grasslands for hundreds of miles. East of the Missouri River, we started to see more varieties of agriculture, and at dusk, we were welcomed in Welcome, Minnesota. The next day, we crossed the Mississippi River into Wisconsin, passing through the city of Chicago, Indiana, and ending up in Michigan. On July 14, we drove through Cleveland, Ohio, and Erie, Pennsylvania, and by late afternoon, arrived in Niagara Falls, New York. The next morning, we visited Niagara Falls State Park and hiked in Niagara Gorge. Later in the day, we donned rain ponchos and boarded the Maid of the Mist, the boat that cruises the churning waters at the feet of the falls. We were awestruck by the unstoppable force of the waterfalls. It was a fine day, so were able to witness rainbows popping up everywhere. On July 16, we returned to our Wellesley home, stretching our bodies that had been squeezed into an RV for so many days. Our road trip was complete at 7,800 miles. At Moab Valley RV Campground in Utah, I chatted with a camper whose site was next to ours. The retiree from Orange County, California, pointed out, "An RV road trip is perfect for family bonding." I could not agree with him more. The confine of RV is a gentle rope of love that bonds a family together and harmonizes it. For that, I am very thankful, and I'm glad that I fulfilled my promise to William. To my fellow towns- people, I hope you can find the time to take an RV trip too. CanAm Highway, Lusk, WY Niagra Falls, NY July 15 124 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8 From Sea to Shining Sea

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