Move to CA: Kansas to Colorado

On Wednesday we started our trek to CA.  For those who don’t know, we have decided to move back to CA.  My husband has graduated from MSSU (the reason why we moved to Joplin) and with his family moving out of Joplin it just made sense to go back to CA.  That is the reason why we are driving across 4 states to get back home.

Wednesday was the day the movers arrived at 8 am and finished at 3pm.  We stayed to clean the house and finished with that at 8pm. Then of course we had to have one last dinner with the family so we didn’t leave Joplin until 10pm.  That night we loaded the luggage, 2 kids and a cat in the car drove to Wichita, KS we got to the hotel at 1:30 in the morning.  It was a pretty uneventful ride except for the severe thunderstorm that rolled in, but we made it safe.

Yesterday morning we got in the car and headed for Denver.  The picture below pretty much sums up what we saw on the drive through Kansas…


…WAIT!  We also this….


more windmills!!  There is one word to sum up our drive through Kansas…BORING!  But we made it through and the view started to get prettier.


Before we headed to Denver we made a little detour to visit the Garden of the Gods.  The place was absolutely stunning and if it wasn’t for the rain we would have spent more time in the park and walked around.








And then we made it to Denver…


We arrived in Denver at around 7:30 pm, so that gave us just enough time to get dinner, dessert and back to the hotel to rest.

For dinner we ate at Tocabe, an American Indian Eatery, where I had a Guy Fieri’s Chicken Indian Fry Bread Taco.  Apparently when Guy visited Tocabe he customized his taco and they put it on the menu for other people to order.  I thought if it was good enough for Guy it was definitely good enough for me.  It did not disappoint!

The restaurant is set up “Chipotle” style.  You walk up to the bar and order your taco, nacho, or salad.  If you order a taco they freshly fry up the bread for you and then you proceed to pick out your toppings.  To be honest I can’t remember what all was on my taco.  I do remember it had black beans, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, green chile, sour cream and cheese.  Whatever was on it it was all very tasty.

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After dinner out next stop was Voodoo Doughnut.  This place is known for their crazy doughnut flavors and even crazier names. Voodoo’s original shop is in Oregon and now they have three locations there and their fourth location is in Denver.  The Denver store is open 24 hours a day.  We got there at about 9 0’clock and the line was decently long, but they have a great system in place which makes the line go fast.  If you ever decide to visit Voodoo remember to bring cash because that is all they will take and if you forget to bring cash don’t worry there is an ATM in the store for you.

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The kids were just as excited, if not more, than I was to eat Voodoo Doughnut.

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We ended up ordering a dozen doughnuts, Voodoo Doll Doughnut, Old Dirty Bastard, Diablos Rex, Triple Chocolate Penetration, Captain my Captain and Bubblegum to name a few, and then went back to order more to take home to my sisters.

Those doughnuts were a perfect ending to our day in Denver.  After sitting in the car for 8 hours all we wanted to do was lay in bed and relax.

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