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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 Photography | Leave a comment

We left Michigan with a set schedule of where and when we would make all of the stops along the way before we got to Issaquah on July 14th.

 

We would spend 1 night in Oshkosh, WI; spend 1 night in Jackson, MN and then 2 nights just outside of Keystone, SD so that we can check out Mt. Rushmore and the sights in that area.

 

Not much to see on the first night in WI, but we had a beautiful sunset the night we spent in MN.

 

Minnesota sunset

Minnesota sunset

 

another view

another view

 

one more view

one more view

 

If you haven’t noticed, we were parked right next to a corn field. We saw a LOT of corn along the route, but we were very happy to lay our tired heads close by for the night.

 

 

 

 

August 14th, 2011 | in Scenic | Leave a comment

Not far from Pictured Rocks Nat’l Park is a picturesque state park. We didn’t have time to do them in the same day, so another long drive day to enjoy the scenic wonders of this great nation.

 

Tahquamenon Falls State Park is beautiful, lots of people on the day we decided to enjoy it. We stopped for breakfast in the little town of Paradise. The food was fine, but the service had a lot to be desired and it seemed to be only us. Oh well, we had breakfast for lunch and then took off to visit the park.

 

The water is something else. The tannins from the trees in the park make the water look anywhere from gold to burnt umber as it goes over the falls. The colors were amazing, looking like old amber resin. There are fishes in there though and even though it kinda looks like it, the water is not polluted. We walked a few trails, but drove from the lower falls to the upper falls. If we had planned ahead, we would have walked the 4 miles, but oh well, we still got to enjoy most of it. To enjoy a few of the falls, you really needed to rent a rowboat and see them upclose and personal. We chose not to do that, just to walk all the trails around either falls.

 

 

A great finish to the day was to enjoy a little beer at the local brewery right in the park!

 

Tahquamenon Falls Brewery & Pub

Tahquamenon Falls Brewery & Pub

 

Tahquamenon Falls beer

Tahquamenon Falls beer

 

another great day in paradise!

 

 

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!