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May 22nd, 2014 | in National Parks | Leave a comment

We left ND and headed over to Montana to spend a few more days before heading up to Canada and our trip of a lifetime :) Our first stop was Garryowen, MT and Little Bighorn Nat’l Park. It was very educational and emotional, it was also a very cold and windy day. I won’t get into the political side of the whole story, but it’s definitely worth the visit. Pictures really don’t do it justice!
 
we also spent some time in the Custer Battlefield Museum, and worth the time. The images of the American Indians that participated are amazing.

 

 

Take care ~ Kim

May 22nd, 2014 | in National Parks, Photography | Leave a comment

Our first trip to North Dakota and I collected another Nat’l Park stamp. TRNP was a lot more than we expected. I didn’t realize they too had wild horses (not mustangs though), but also Bison, Sheep (if you can find them) and others. The Bison were everywhere! Even on the front lawn of the visitor center while we were there.
 

So here are a few pictures that I took while Jim played chauffeur (he does an excellent job of that!). I yell stop and he tries to find a spot to pull over so that I can take that perfect picture. We actually had horses on the road in front of us, that he had to stop then!

 

 

Stay Free ~ Kim

May 22nd, 2014 | in National Parks, Photography | Leave a comment

Ok, another redo, but again it’s about the search for animals :) and we found the Rocky Mtn Sheep this time! Yeah! It’s always a great drive, it definitely looked different in May than it did in July (the last time we were here).
 

so here are a few pictures:
 

 

Keep on truckin’! ~ Kim

May 22nd, 2014 | in National Parks, Photography | Leave a comment

Yes, we were here 3 years ago; yes, it hasn’t changed much, but… We got to see more animals this trip! That is one of the parts that I absolutely love. We also got to see Mt. Rushmore lit up at night for the first time. That was special too… We also spent more time, not in a big hurry so we got to relax and truly enjoy the area more.
 

Did some beer tasting in Rapid City, Hill City & Spearfish… my pint beer glass collection is growing nicely :) Did some wine tasting too in Hill City! go figure, Naked Winery of South Dakota (which is also home of Sick N Twisted Brewery); they just opened a tasting room in Bend, OR.
 

So here is the slide show of pictures that I thought were the best :) You can always ask me to give you a full slide show (it may take months).
 


 

Be well, we are having a blast ~ Kim

April 29th, 2014 | in National Parks | Leave a comment

It’s been an interesting stay here at Robidoux RV Park in Gering, NE. The first 2 days were lovely, got out, saw the sites, took the pictures (slideshow below).¬† We were going to stay another day, but we will stay a few more because of WIND! AND I MEAN WIND! For the last 3 days, it has blown from 20 mph then up to 30’s, then gust up to 60 mph! No stopping! Makes it really hard to sleep with the noise and the rocking. We had it all the first day of the wind: rain, sleet, snow and more wind. The other 2 days have been mostly wind with a touch of rain thrown in.

 

I enjoy a storm to go thru, but they usually last for a few hours, not this relentless, never stopping wind! It’s keeping us here, not safe to drive in the wind. We will head to Mt. Rushmore soon though, the wind has to die down sometime ūüėČ

 

 

There is a lot of history here, it’s amazing how all the trails come together; California, Mormon, Oregon and Pony Express.¬† My Reeves family line came across the Oregon Trail in 1868, the last year of the wagon trains. The railroad line was completed the following year. It’s definitely interesting to see where your ancestors have been and what they might have seen.

 

We continue on our way toward Alaska, as mentioned earlier, the Mt. Rushmore area is next, then on to ND and the Teddy Roosevelt Nat’l Park. From there it’s on to Little Big Horn in MT and work our way into Canada.

 

It’s getting closer!

 

Kim

April 19th, 2014 | in National Parks, Photography | Leave a comment

Our first extended stop is in Sulphur, OK. This is the home of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. I needed more stamps :) My original hope was to do some hiking/walking (and that is out), look for wild flowers (too early), and just check out the area.

 

We went into the park and took a few pictures, so here they are:

 

Chickasaw proof

 

Purple Flowers

 

water skipper

 

Nature Center

 

Still Waters

 

Waiting

 

Palisade Springs

 

So it begins ūüėČ

Kim

August 14th, 2011 | in National Parks | Leave a comment

2 nights, 1 1/2¬†days¬†in the Black Hills of South Dakota just¬†doesn’t do it justice, but that is all we could squeeze in¬†and still¬†make our schedule. Poor Jim, not only are we driving 6 hours a day in the RV, I then ask him to put that much time in the car to see the sights.

 

We checked out all of the following sites:

but we definitely didn’t spend enough time at any of them. We will be back!

 

We visited¬†Mt. Rushmore in the afternoon and then the next morning. It’s amazing how the light¬†can change things. We missed the light show at night, it would have been great to see, but the next day was a¬†full drive day to¬†Billings, MT. Everyone should take the time to visit Mt. Rushmore, it’s amazing.

 

August 14th, 2011 | in National Parks | Leave a comment

Here was our chance, to be able to stick our big toes into the 5th great lake, Lake Superior! We drove 1 1/2 hours north to view the scenery of Pictured Rocks Nat’l Lakeshore and to take the cruise along the lakeshore to view it from a different angle. I loved it, but of course, Jim said if you’ve seen one rock, you’ve seen them all. I just laughed at him and took a LOT of pictures once again. It was a beautiful day, so how could it be that bad?
 
 

It was a long day, but worth it. I enjoyed every minute. I am so lucky to have a great husband that takes me where ever I want to go!

June 29th, 2011 | in National Parks | Leave a comment

I always look for the parks that are close to the areas where we are camping, found Indiana Dunes Nat’l Lakeshore about 45 minutes down the road from us in Elkhart, IN. It was a lovely day, I needed some exercise, so off we went to do a little hiking and to check out the beaches. Jim is such a great sport (mostly).¬†The beaches were pretty busy, not much parking available, especially at Central Beach, it seemed to be where the older kids/young adults hung out.

 

June 28th, 2011 | in National Parks | Leave a comment

I finally made it to Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It is only a 1 hour drive from Phil & Terri’s house and this was the first time we got our rears-in-gear and made it out there. Once again, we got Phil & Terri and Grant & Betsy to join us on this trip. I hope we are not wearing out our welcome ūüėõ

 

Cuyahoga is a very pretty park, it’s really long because it goes along the old Erie Canal to the Ohio River. They have created a bike/hike trail called Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail. You ride where the donkeys/burro use to tow the boats up & down the canal. It’s pretty cool, lots of different scenery and it has outlets to other historic parts of the park. Terri and I walked along just enough to take a look at one of the old locks, but we had other things to do.

 

We hiked to a couple of different falls (Blue Hen & Brandywine), we ate ice cream, we found wildflowers, I got a couple of stamps in my Nat’l Park Passport book. We walked across an old covered bridge, Terri and I hiked through the mud, and we checked out Ice Box Cave along the Ledges Trail. There is something for everyone here, it’s worth a trip, especially if you like to ride bikes, the towpath is great.

 

Another successful day of National Park touring and being with family and friends. Thanks!