Road Trip Rainbows

Rainbows quickly became an unplanned recurring theme throughout our 15-day road trip out west. It seemed like rainbows turned up everywhere we went. And, my three-year-old daughter was thrilled! Her joyful squeals are some of my favorite memories from that vacation.

Our three-year-old pointed out the minivan window and shouted "Rainbow! Rainbow!" when she saw the Gateway Arch in Saint Louis.
Our three-year-old pointed out the minivan window and shouted “Rainbow! Rainbow!” when she saw the Gateway Arch in Saint Louis.

The first rainbow was not really a rainbow at all. We could see the Gateway Arch from the minivan windows as the highway passed by Saint Louis. My little girl was convinced it was a rainbow. She squealed and pointed while chanting “Rainbow! Rainbow!” over and over again. It was so cute!

Our family marveled at this quirky iconic Route 66 roadside attraction in Catoosa, Oklahoma. It was once a popular swimming hole.
Our family marveled at this quirky iconic Route 66 roadside attraction in Catoosa, Oklahoma. It was once a popular swimming hole.
Our three-year-old spotted another rainbow while cooling off by running through the water misters during our visit to the Catoosa Whale.
Our three-year-old spotted another rainbow while cooling off by running through the water misters during our visit to the Catoosa Whale.

We saw our second rainbow the next day when we stopped in Oklahoma to see the Catoosa Whale. Our children were running through the water misters to keep cool, and then my daughter saw it… the rainbow in the mist! Once again, she squealed with delight.

Check out the lightning we spotted as we drove through heavy rain in the Colorado mountains!
Check out the lightning we spotted as we drove through heavy rain in the Colorado mountains!
Here is one of the 2 amazing rainbows we saw once the rain stopped and the skies cleared.
Here is one of the two amazing rainbows we saw once the rain stopped and the skies cleared.

Later in the trip, we drove through rainstorms. While driving in the mountains, the rain paused twice for us to discover rainbows. The entire family was excited over these discoveries.

Isn’t nature wondrous and beautiful?

 

Rainbows quickly became an unplanned recurring theme throughout our 15-day road trip out west. It seemed like rainbows turned up everywhere we went.

Want to hear more about our amazing road trip? This post is part of our Westward Wanderings series – a multi-part series featuring details and pictures from each stop along our 15-day journey. Here are links to our other posts:

  • Preparing for the Road Trips of Our Dreams – Learn about how we prepared for our 15-day road trip with kids.
  • Cars the Movie and Route 66 – See how Cars the movie enhanced our family’s travel experiences.
  • Road Trip Rainbows – Rainbows became an unexpected recurring theme throughout our 15-day road trip.
  • Road Trip: Passing Through the OK – We were pleasantly surprised at how much fun we had passing through Oklahoma. COMING SOON!
  • And several more posts on the way!
Watch for other posts from our Westward Wanderings series. This multi-part series will feature details and pictures from each stop along our 15-day journey.
Watch for other posts from our Westward Wanderings series. This multi-part series will feature details and pictures from each stop along our 15-day journey.

4 comments

  1. How fun to find rainbows! We live in Joplin, Missouri, so your landmarks are really familiar to me! We are a couple of hours from the whale, and we go to St. Louis about once a year. I love Colorado, too. Good stuff!

    1. Rainbows are so much fun! How great that you live near all these wonderful places?!? We will be passing through your area later this summer while on vacation, and I’m really looking forward to seeing more of the area’s sights.

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