Take the Long Way Home – Part 8

Yellowstone National Park and Virginia City, Montana

Yellowstone National Park is another place I’d always wanted to visit. I was so happy we finally made it there.

This is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen in my life. I don’t even need to describe it; just check out these pictures.

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Lake Yellowstone. I didn’t even know there was a lake.

Continuing our new tradition of posing with every sign.

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When we exited the west side of the park we were just outside of Montana.

We decided to take a detour to Virginia City, Montana. It’s a historic old west town that has remained mostly unchanged since the 1860s.

Now I know where to go if I need a stagecoach or horses.

That’s it for now. Peace out, yo!

Take the Long Way Home – Part 7

Wyoming

Our last stop in South Dakota, before continuing on to Wyoming, was in Custer.

We stopped for lunch at a little local place called Wrangler’s and took a couple of pictures at the Flintstones camp site.

Then we bid farewell to South Dakota and headed on towards Wyoming.

We made it!

This is pretty much what 90% of Wyoming looked like.

We hit some road construction in the mountains which slowed us down considerably. (I think these were the Laramie Mountains, but I can’t be sure.)

A beautiful sky at dusk.

Sheep!

Gorgeous sunset.

We stopped for dinner at Cassie’s Steakhouse in Cody.

We decided to spend the night at the Pahaska Tepee Resort just outside of Yellowstone and had to drive through a couple of these dark, creepy tunnels to get there.

Apparently Pahaska Tepee is a historic landmark. It was really overpriced for what it was, but we figured when else would we ever get to stay there again. Right? Right.

I forgot to take a picture of the inside of our room, but here it is from the outside. There were four rooms per cabin, so you can imagine how tiny they were. This is about as close to camping as I’m ever going to get.

The length of my car was longer than the width of our room!

They offer horseback rides but we didn’t do that.

We did, however, have a yummy breakfast in the lodge, surrounded by this gorgeous scenery.

Next stop: Yellowstone!!

That’s it for now. Peace out!

Take the Long Way Home – Part 6

Sorry for being gone so long! We had a lot of stuff going on with family and friends and, frankly, I was kind of tired of writing about the trip so I needed a break. But there is a lot more to share so let’s jump right in, shall we?

South Dakota (Part 3) – Mt. Rushmore(!!!!!)

I have wanted to visit Mt. Rushmore for as long as I could remember. I remember as a kid learning about it in school and just being fascinated by the idea of this giant sculpture carved into a mountain. I could not wait to get there.

First you drive through this cute little town at the foot of the Black Hills called Keystone. We didn’t get to stop there but if we get to go back, this is definitely a place I’d like to visit.

Getting closer! (Moving car = blurry picture.)

We’re here!! This was taken from the road driving up to the monument entrance.

I admit I geeked out and got a little teary-eyed. It was more beautiful than I had ever imagined.

We walked the trail that takes you up closer to the monument and there are a few little stops along the way, including this little cave…

And this tepee where the park rangers host talks about the Native Americans that reside in the Black Hills and share historical facts and information about the area.

And then there’s the artist’s studio where you can see the actual model Borglund based the monument on. I guess they were originally supposed to have torsos?

Just superfluous scenery shots of the Black Hills.

*Sigh*  I really loved being here.

This nice lady offered to take a picture of both of us (we hadn’t wanted to bring in our tripod) in front of the monument. Thank you, nice lady!

And then we had to leave. =(  But check out this gorgeous scenery along the way! Holy smokes, that’s beautiful!

 

A few miles from Mt. Rushmore is the Crazy Horse Memorial. We didn’t go there but you could see it from the road. Pretty cool.

That’s it for now! I promise not to take as long for the next part of the trip.

Peace out!