1969 Datsun Roadster: A Love Story | Idaho Falls Photo Diary
We took a very quick road trip up to Idaho Falls, Idaho, last week to pick up a 1969 Datsun Roadster Joe won in an auction. Since we unschool the kids, it's really easy to pick up and go on long weekend trips like these. We packed in a few touristy things while we were there and I took plenty of iPhone and SLR pictures and below is an Idaho Falls photo diary with some thoughts about the trip sprinkled in.
Bottom line: the scenery in Wyoming and Idaho is gorgeous--a lot like heading into the mountains of Colorado, but much more wide open.
We made a bathroom stop in Laramie before dark and then we pitt-stopped in Rock Springs, Wyoming, for the first night.
Idaho Falls Photo Diary
We got there around lunch time and after reading some Yelp reviews we landed at The Snakebite Restaurant. (The town is located on the Snake River.) It's a farm to table restaurant with lots of healthy options and local beers--the food was great.
Plus, other yelpers had warned us that it was a cash-only establishment, so we were prepared. (We ran into another restaurant the next day that was also cash-only and we weren't so prepared! What the heck, Idaho Falls?)
After those good eats, we went to the Potato Museum. I wish we'd gone to the Idaho History Museum, but the Potato Museum was cool, too. Hindsight and all that.
The museum is small, but unique and we even snagged some chocolate covered kettle chips from the Potato Station Cafe.
On our way back to the hotel, we spotted an Army Surplus Warehouse. Joe practically ran people off the road to make the exit haha.
It was really fun to check out all of the cool stuff in there. The kids got a few little things and Joe found an old bucket hat that reminded him of his high school days. (#glorydays :)
We decided to walk to dinner along the snake river after a long day. Despite Joe's bum knee, Kate's hurt foot, and exhaustion, we made it to another brewery. But they only accepted cash and we only had our regular VISA's.
Uber to the rescue.
We found an even better option at Mackenzie River Pizza and Bar . And we had the best waitress who was exactly what we needed after our very long day. The food was outstanding and the atmosphere was fun. What more do you need?
Some Minecraft and Instagram Story-Filtering time (never posted) was had and after we stuffed ourselves silly we went back to the hotel to crash out.
Joe said he felt like it was the night before Christmas he was so excited about getting the new Roadster!
The next day, Joe made the purchase and then hitched up his new 1969 Datsun Roadster and we started our 11 hour journey home. We decided to drive straight through for our trip back to Denver.
And yes, the last picture is Joe walking about a 1/4 mile to the gas station because we ran out of gas. SRSLY.
We made it home safe and sound and in time for us all to regroup before hitting the sack for 10+ hours and now the new car is getting some TLC at a local restoration garage. The end. If you made it this far, you deserve a medal! Peace out, Idaho :)