Our Journey...

Think we forgot to tell you a lil bit about what sort of vacay we're on! Last September of 2011, Dad retired. He and momzers got an RV and decided to plan a trip across the country, visiting national parks on the way to Maine (where's that?) for a family reunion. That's a long trip from northern California! Anyway, this blog is now a record of our travels across the good ole U.S. of A. and even Canada - plus all the things we get to do and see! We started our journey mid-March and hope to be back in NoCal by mid-October - yeah!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

From Wyoming to Iowa!

Hello all- it's been a while for us - Mom's having a tough time with the new blogger, but here goes!  Cody is certainly a wild west town and first thing we did was explore Yellowstone NP!  Since passage from Jackson was closed when we were there, we swung around via Lander to Cody and entered the Park from the East Gate - woo hoo - look how beautiful Yellowstone Lake looked as we drove around it.  Obsidian Beaches just gorgeous with snow-topped mountains!

We checked out the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, below, and saw the lower falls in full glory.  So amazing!

And Sammie found a super spot in which to take a refreshing dip (we were glad the rangers didn't find us heh he!)

We loved seeing these buffalos - well, just about everywhere in Yellowstone!  The iconic symbols of the west!
 
How cool is it to see HOT, hot, hot sulphur stuffs pouring down into cold streams?  We were amazed!

So after a wonderful stay in Cody, we headed NE and checked out this sign on our way to Sturgis!


...But not before checking out this incredible site - Devil's Tower!  WOW!  We took a little hike around the base of this monument and enjoyed all the views from the top.  Then... we had a picnic near a Prairie Doggeh Town at the bottom - still amazing views!


Incredible views!


And near Sturgis, we found a holy Sioux site called Bear Butte.  Just gorgeous and a lake to boot for us to swim in!


Below... have you ever seen Mt. Rushmore in snow?  Tears seem to drop with runny noses, but we still had a great time seeing this incredible monument to four awesome presidents.






And below was one of our fave lakes in the Black Hills - Sylvan Lake; the only place where Mom hooked a fish, but couldn't land it!
And here we are in the South Dakota Badlands NP - check out the colors of these strata!  The pink were colored from crustaceans many thousand million hundred and... well... you know... years ago!
THE Badlands, fur shore!
Luv fest!
Well... we had to stop in Mitchell, SD to see this a-maize-ing Corn Palace heh heh!
These pics are so out of order, pals - we had a photo of "Welcome to Iowa" but it seems to have disappeared.  Anyhoo, we thought this cool photo would do as well to welcome you to the newest state we've never been to!  Wait til you see where we've been hangin' for the last couple of days!
Here are the famous bridges of Madison County!  Mom and Dad played us the movie a couple of weeks ago so we could brush up on our Iowa bridges!
Here's Avalon swimming under the most famous bridge of all; the Roseman bridge - we both had a ball dipping our tootsies into the river here!
We had a pawsome campfire last night, then went to check out another stone bridge today that was also featured in the "Bridges of Madison County."  Happy Trails to y'all!

19 comments:

houndstooth said...

What beautiful places you're seeing! If you're in Iowa, you aren't too far from us!

Bunny

Finn said...

A wonderful adventure! Just beautiful!

Mitch and Molly said...

What incredible pictures! Our mom loves "Bridges of Madison County" and you girls are so lucky to have gotten to see them in person!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

NEW and NOT IMPROVED Blogger is a pain fur sure.

OH these pictures and your words just took my breff away. I can't believe that you got to swim under THE bridge and to see MT. Rushmore and all these other wonderful thingys.

I have really MISSED YOU TWO.

Sam said...

I should have you look up my sister in Iowa and visit the barn they built!

You've listed all the national parks hubby and I want to work at - we are just waiting for the right moment!

Woot!

Sam

Bassetmomma said...

Awesome!! My favorites, the hot sulfur and cold water pic and Mt. Rushmore!!

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! How cool is that traveling on an RV seeing all the lovely places. Too bad if we were still in the Midwest we could have meet u. Enjoy n looking forward on seeing more. Lots of Golden Aloha n Woofs, Sugar

Dory and the Mama said...

We just LOVE all the fun photos of your vacay!! Thanks so much for sharing them with us!!

Smileys!
Dory

The Thuglets said...

Wow..what a truly amazing trip you are having. Fantastic photos..thank you for sharing them.

Happy trip & stay safe.

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Little Reufus said...

I can naught beliebe I haff fallen so far be hind. I lubbs the bridges, speshully seeing yeu swim under em... and I whas quiet taken wif seeing the pressies cry on the mountain. These playces are all so berry beauty full. I fink the only fing Yeu are missing is... me!

Juss wishing!

wif lubbs from Little Reufus

The Army of Four said...

Such beautiful, beautiful pix! My favorite has to be the one of you two and your mom on the bridge! THank you so much for sharing with us!!!
Play bows,
Zim

Berts Blog said...

I'm so glad you guys are keeping us up on your trip. You are agoing to places we love and to places we have always wanted to go to.

Keep having fun

Bert and My Vickie

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I missed this post a few weeks ago--It brings back memories of our 2 trips across the US and seeing the great sights! Did you go to Wall Drug too?? :-)

I hope you all are doing well, and enjoying your summer!!!

Chester said...

I prolly shoulda visited here before we met you so we could talk to you about all these wonderful sights. I hope you don't lose too many pictures 'cuz with so many things that you've seen, I betchya when you finally get home again, you will forget half of what you saw. Your Mom will hafta make a BIG scrapbook and organize it and all that crap so you will always have it to show to your PU's when their memories fail.

I woulda LOVED to swim under the Bridges with youse twos!!

Woofs and organized slobbers,
Chester ;0=)

Ludo van Doggy said...

oh WOW! Beautiful! Thanks you so much for sharing these pics!!

Sierra Rose said...

Hi! A June post!
Well...just checking in ...hope you are having safe travels in and out of Canada... We miss you!
We didn't go to Truckee this weekend...too tired...from 3 weeks of trippin'.
Looking forward to more fantastic travel photos from you all :)

XO
Sierra Rose

Amber-Mae said...

Hey guys! Remember me? Wow! You guys sure had an amazing adventure. I'd love to visit Mount Rushmore someday. It looks sooo awesome! Hope to hear from you again real soon. And hope you had a great Halloween!

Licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Coco's Mommy said...

What a great time! We went out to Yellowstone last year and the whole time I was wishing that we had brought our Coco with us. Looks like a blast!

Louisette said...

Came again see your wonderfull foto and golden, best regard from Belgium