5.29.2010

Yellowstone Teaser

FINALLY, I cannot tell all of you how many times R and I tried to upload this video but spotty hotel wireless was not up to the task. Now that we're at home though, here is a video we made at Yellowstone, hope you like it!
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5.27.2010

Wyoming Drive

The drive through Wyoming and into Yellowstone was gorgeous and since I'm pooped I thought I'd give you a lot of pictures and less writing. We ended up camping in Cody, Wyoming as I mentioned earlier. While I was very impressed with R's camping skills (that tent was set up in minutes) 35 degrees was a little chilly for an enjoyable night outside, but we survived and I can now say I camped. More on Yellowstone later, for now you just get pictures of the Wyoming countryside



5.25.2010

Road Trip- Day "I Don't Know"

Our road trip should be sponsored by Reese's Pieces, I've had at least a bag of these a day!

We are now in Kansas, we made it through Wyoming and Colorado yesterday. There was a high wind advisory and there were at least seven tractor trailers that had been blown over. The first was in front of our car and we had to wait 25 minutes for it to get pulled over so one lane was clear.

We have only three plates left for the license plate game (West Virginia, Delaware, and District of Colombia) having run across Alaska and South Carolina yesterday, and happening across Hawaii in Yellowstone (I shrieked so loudly when we found it). As for our other progress, we are now near the end of the fifth Harry Potter book on audio. We are off to St. Louis to see the gateway arch, but first we'll have to stop in Kansas City for some barbecue. If we have internet at the next hotel we'll try to catch up on posts and show all of you Yellowstone and the Teton's.

Devil's Tower

After visiting Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse we decided to also see Devil's Tower in Wyoming. It was a little side trip from the highway to see this amazing site.
Apparently this formation was created when the much softer surrounding rocks and minerals eventually eroded and washed away, this slightly sinister tower was left.

Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse

The drive up to Mount Rushmore was beautiful, although we almost didn't make it- I saw a petting zoo with baby bears running around and almost made Rick stop there. In addition to Mt. Rushmore we saw the Crazy Horse memorial which was spectacular.
It's not completed yet, and probably won't be finished within my lifetime. The original artist began in the '50's and has since passed away and now his family has continued the work. The progress is slow because the family is committed to the idea of free enterprise and refuses to take any government or state money for the monument.
To put the size of Crazy Horse in perspective, when it is finished it will be the world's largest monument and the four heads of Mt. Rushmore could fit within just the head section of Crazy Horse. Only the head and the arm are completed as of now, but next they will be working on the head of the horse that Crazy Horse is riding.
Here's Mt. Rushmore (we didn't want to pay $20 just to park so we took pictures from the car and didn't get up closer). Next up is Wyoming and Yellowstone!