Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sunday In My City: Back From Vacation

We arrived home from our awesome vacation yesterday, so for this week's Sunday In My City, hosted by Unknown Mami, I'm not going anywhere except maybe the home office so I can finish downloaded the gazillion photos we took!

We flew into Denver, Colorado on Saturday, August 21st and stayed two nights so we could have a full day in and around Denver. Really nice city - people are very friendly and the weather was in the 90's but none of that humidity that we tend to get in the northeast. Monday we made the 6-hour drive to South Dakota, through eastern Wyoming, and made it to our home base in Hill City, SD.

Tuesday we visited....

Mount Rushmore...here's George Washington's profile....


...and the better known view of Mount Rushmore...

Just a few minutes away is the Crazy Horse Monument (in progress) When complete, those four faces you see at Mount Rushmore? They will fit into that space behind Crazy Horse's head...

After spending a considerable amount of time at those two places, we headed to Custer State Park and drove the Needle Highway....wonder why they call it that?


Maybe because driving your rented Chevy Tahoe through this is kind of like threading a needle? :)

Custer State Park was beautiful!

We made some friends with the wildlife....

Wednesday is head to Wyoming Day to visit the first National Landmark, Devil's Tower....

I cannot aptly describe the coolness of this place....just amazing! This is sacred ground to Native Americans, and I can see why.

Thursday we headed out to the Badlands of South Dakota, stopping at the famous Wall Drug...

Then onto the mysterious, beautiful, rugged Badlands. You drive through Nationals Grasslands, vast stretches of flat prairie, then suddenly you are here....

Much like the Grand Canyon, you just can't capture it on film.



Friday we headed back to Denver - a long ride, but beautiful land.

And yesterday we arrived back in Boston.

Looking forward to sharing more with you! It was a great trip!

Thanks for stopping by and happy Sunday to you!

Be sure to stop by Unknown Mami's to share your Sunday with us!

10 comments:

Tara R. said...

Beautiful shots of your vacation.

Kirby3131 said...

Your trip included nearly all of the United States that I haven't seen. I'm itching to go and your lovely photos just intensified that itch!

Denver is a beautiful town. I've been there several times. I'm so happy that you had such a nice trip. Thanks so much for sharing it.

Kristin - The Goat
by way of SIMC

Sonya said...

Wow fantastically beautiful photos!! I've never been able to see Mount Rushmore in person so I am excited to see these! really makes me miss the U.S.

BLOGitse said...

I wrote a comment but something went wrong...
Anyways, thanks for sharing these amazing shots!
Have a good week ahead!

Lynn said...

What interesting landscapes you saw along the way. I love road trips for that. I hadn't heard of that famous drug store. I'll have to remember it if I ever get to that area of the USA. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown Mami said...

The photos are fantastic. I can only imagine how awe-inspiring these places must be in person.

Erin said...

You got some really beautiful shots!

Amy said...

Great photos and what wonderful memories you are building with your family.

Here from SIMC

myrelish said...

It looks like you had a fantastic vacation. Thanks for showing me so many amazing places that I need to add to my 'must visit' list.

Sofia said...

Wow, those are great pictures! Now I want to have a vacation in South Dakota. Cash advance, I hope I can get you soon!

Anyway, thanks for sharing those pictures! I'll be planning our vacation and start saving up, or maybe borrow from a South Dakota payday loans firm when we really need the money.