When I found out that Mads was moving from Boston to Salt Lake City, I knew that her driving alone was not an option and that this could make for a really fun sister road trip. So I jumped a plane and flew to Boston! It was great because I got to spend time with my Grandma Williams, Aunts Tarryn & Becky, and I also got to see my cute cousins!
Brad provided Mady and me with the best cross-country itinerary:
- Day 1: Drive from Boston to Palmyra, NY and explore the Hill Cumorah, Sacred Grove and other LDS church history sites. Then drive to Buffalo, NY to stay the night.
- Day 2: Take a quick 20 min car ride across the Canadian boarder to see Niagara Falls from the Canada side (it is the better side). Then drive 8 hours to Chicago and spend the night there.
- Day 3: Tour Chicago in the morning, then start the 7.5 hour drive to Omaha / Winter Quarters. Stay night in Omaha.
- Day 4: Look at Winter Quarters Temple in the morning, then drive to Salt Lake City (12 hour drive).
This is the best itinerary, we think, from Boston to Utah… but Mady and I only followed it for the first two days because we wanted to stop in Iowa to visit our sister Kenzie and her husband.
- Being stopped by the Canadian border patrol with a car so full the doors look like they might pop open at any moment. We learned that we fit the profile of drug smugglers: two innocent-looking girls. For about 20 min, they questioned us while going though our phones and after reading our family text about which is better between almond milk and real milk, they figured we were harmless and let us cross over to Canada. We drove away laughing so hard I thought I might pee my pants.
- Driving through a HUGE snow storm in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Illinois.
- Going off random exits to roam slowly through dusty farm towns in rural America.
- Singing all our favorite country songs at the top of our lungs and then laughing about it afterwards!
I will always cherish this special road trip with my sister. Here is a short video of the highlights from our exploration across the country.