Monthly Archives: May 2015

South Dakota continued…

From the Badlands, we headed to Mount Rushmore!

We both loved getting to see ‘the faces’ as we heard a little boy call it.

One of my favorite pictures from the whole trip!  We then went through the lower level gallery, watched the film, and headed to the sculptor’s studio

This was what the sculpture was originally going to look like….

Can you imagine hanging from one of these harnesses for months on end while sculpting!?! Scary!

After walking the Presidential Trail to the base of the mountain and back we returned to where we took our picture before and this was the view…

The fog had rolled in and nearly completely covered the President’s faces!

Washington’s profile as we left the park

We then headed to our campground which was just off of Route 16A or Iron Mountain Road

3 tunnels and 3 pigtails later we made it to our campground!

This was the view as we went through one of the tunnels!

We then headed to Silvan Lake through Needles Highway which was also super neat!

Sylvan Lake

Sylvan Lake was absolutely gorgeous and we enjoyed the short hike around it

We both absolutely loved Sylvan Lake!

After we finished the walk, we headed down to the rest of Custer State Park and started on a hike called Lover’s Leap.

We were both kind of disappointed at the beginning because the hike was nothing spectacular…and I was a little nervous because right away we had seen mounts of buffalo droppings and some fur.  I did NOT want to come face to face with a buffalo while out of our vehicle!

The middle third of the trail was pretty neat as it wound around a creek that ran through the park…but it did start raining and by the end of the hike we were both completely soaked

The little creek

After the hike, we turned the heat on in the car and drove through part of the Wildlife Loop of Custer State Park.

Almost immediately we were met with about 10 buffalo!

They were just munching along happily on the side of the road appearing oblivious to the cars stopped next to them taking pictures!

We headed back to the campground, and were thankful that they had a covered pavilion where we could cook dinner and be out of the rain!

And..the rain didn’t stop!  It poured all night and looking at the forecast it wasn’t supposed to stop for over 24 more hours!

So we hemmed and hawed over what we wanted to do (our plan for the day had been to head out to Devil’s Tower) and eventually decided to just head home.  We were tired of the rain and knew that everything we wanted to do was outdoors.  Neither of us were really bummed but we quickly took down the tent, shoved it in the trunk of the car and headed out!

We stopped at the Minuteman Missile Site and listened to the audio tour there

This site was active during the Cold War and has now since become a National Historic Site

Our last stop on our way home was in Mitchell, SD

Of course…the Corn Palace!  We were both a little disappointed as they weren’t finished with this years design but it was still fun to stop!

Bob and Cornelius the Corn Palace mascot

10 minutes later we were back in the car headed the rest of the way home!

Bob was a huge fan of the speed limit in South Dakota!

We had such a fun trip (even though it was cut short) and I am already planning our next adventure!


Badlands

Memorial Day weekend we decided (sort of last minute) to go out to South Dakota for a camping trip.  We left Thursday and drove out to Wall, SD.  I have to take a minute and praise Bob for being such an awesome driver…I did not drive 1 minute of the entire trip and probably slept at least 5 hours (total) in the car!  He is such a trooper and never complains when I come up with crazy vacation plans 🙂

Our first stop was the infamous Wall Drug, where we quickly walked through, took a few pictures, got a squished penny, and left because really…what else is there to do!?

Oh yeah…and Bob had some fun at their shooting range!

Then we continued onto the Badlands National Park

Bob and I had both been on trips to SD, but we were pretty young (11-13) so it was fun to revisit everything that we remembered!

We have gotten very skilled at timer shots with the camera, and rarely do we ask people to take our picture.  Bob usually sets it up and comes running into position!  I’m sure we look hilarious doing it…but it works!

We both enjoy hiking, and one of the trails leads you straight up into one of the peaks which was really neat!  Scary for me, since it was a bit treacherous but fun!

It was neat to see cactus growing on the edge of some of the rocks too!

We had a fun day at the Badlands, and were thankful that our tent didn’t blow over that night with all of the wind!


Sweet Baby Molly

My friend Emily, husband Ben, and big brother Eli were thrilled to welcome Molly May on the 16th.  Kirstin and I were so excited to go visit when she was only 4 days old!

Molly was SO precious and so sweet!

She is such a tiny peanut and we both loved getting to snuggle with her!

Big brother Eli wanted to play play play…so that’s what we did too! (Eli with Kirstin)

Kelly, Kirstin, Molly, Eli, & Emily

Adorable!

Mommy and baby 🙂

I made Molly a fleece blanket with her name on it…but of course forgot to take a picture!


MN Landscape Arboretum

A few weeks ago (I am seriously behind in blogging) my in-laws invited us to go to the MN Landscape Arboretum with their small group from church.  We happily agreed and spent the morning enjoying the gorgeous flowers!

The tulips were probably my favorite and there were so many varieties and colors…I really know nothing about flowers and gardening but I loved seeing these gorgeous tulips!

Bob was pretty excited because they had various Lego statues throughout the Arboretum which were really neat

They had signs next to each one that showed how many ‘build hours’ it took and the approximate number of Legos used.

The monarch was my favorite of the Lego pieces

Laurel and Dave

(part of) Their small group from church

Bob and I (with rhododendrons)

We had a wonderful morning, and ended with a picnic lunch!


Babysitting etc…

A few weeks ago, Bob and I babysat for our friends Rob and Laura.  Their girls Laila (2 1/2) and Quinn (7 mos) were so fun!

We bounced

Went for a bike ride…aka walk where Laila got tired of riding her bike

Laila

Quinn

We played outside, put the girls to bed, and watched a movie…couldn’t have been better!

Earlier that week a storm had hit pretty hard in the area and we had pea sized hail covering our deck!

Crazy! But thankfully we didn’t have any damage!

My friends Carrie and Beverly from work went garage saleing one day (after a night shift!) and we had so much fun!  We found a few things…but nothing super exciting.

My friend Emily is going to Disney with one of the little girls she baby-sits for and had asked for me to make some shirts for them.

These Minnie tanks are for Emily and Brianna (5)

Jaxson (Emily’s friends son) is also going so I personalized this Mickey shirt for him

I didn’t take pictures of all of the shirts…but I thought they turned out cute!