Sit back, grab some tea or coffee, and enjoy this next part of the adventure with us!
Day 3 (Missouri, Iowa, South Dakota)
Coolest decor at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Independence, MO!
Gus is ready for another adventure!
Since Missouri and Iowa did not give ample warning for us to catch the Welcome To Iowa sign, we had to improvise...
This sexy man is walking toward me, to get in my car and adventure with me!
Whew, I'm a lucky lady! <3
Let me just say, South Dakota is awesome! A lot of times, you learn about a place in school or see it on a map, and you wonder what's there. Well, I didn't think much besides Mt. Rushmore resided in South Dakota, but there is SO much to see and do there. TOTALLY cool place! Deek and I have decided to take a trip back and spend a week just in SD! Check it out if you get the chance!
This gorgeous Dignity statue is at a rest stop!
I love when towns own what they are! Yas to this themed gas station!
For about 500 miles, we saw signs for Wall Drug in Wall, SD. The signs were campy and adorable, so we knew we had to stop there. It did *not* disappoint.
I'll see him again later in the trip when we go to Tombstone, AZ!
They have dinosaurs in Wall, SD!
Wall Drug has so many things to see and do (and eat), and it's a totally sweet success story too!
Definitely put it on your "must see" list!
We made it to Mt. Rushmore!
Obviously, summer is the busiest time of year for Mt. Rushmore, but Deek and I discovered a little secret. If you go at night, when it's raining, you practically get the place to yourself. Since, we lived in the PNW, a little rain doesn't bother us, but it keeps a lot of other people away. The more Rushmore for us then! We went all over the place, giggling and having a great time. It's a little creepy-cool to be two of only a handful of people in a huge national monument at night!
I SO love adventuring with my best friend! He makes every moment fun!
Y'all, I was excited to be there! I've read about Mt. Rushmore my whole life, but for a long, long time, I never really believed I'd actually get to see it.
It was awe-inspiring! <3
Gawd! My husband is dreamy!
Day 4 (South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana)
One of our critique partners, Meradeth Houston, lives in Montana, and we were planning to stay in her town for the evening. But since I knew we'd be in really late and she works a regular job, I didn't think we'd get to see her. BUT when I contacted her, she said she would totally love to see us no matter the hour, and we planned to meet up for a late dinner. We've worked with Meradeth for years, so it was SUPER amazing to finally meet her in person! She's awesome online and in person, in case you're wondering!
The Presidents in the daytime.
Deek tried this coffee and said it *is* good!
We went to the Crazy Horse memorial. It's not finished yet.
What it will look like completed. Wow!
Crazy Woman Creek. Haha!
Can't read it very well, but this is the Montana sign!
Holy crap! Erin might just stay in the car!
Late night dinner and laughs with the lovely Meradeth Houston!!
Day 4 (Montana, Idaho, PNW)
Montana has the most adorable little squirrels. They're much fatter and furrier than the ones here on the East Coast. They'll walk right up to you and eat food from your hand.
But I found out why they need all that fur! In the beginning of July, at noon, it was only 58 degrees! This Southern girl froze her buns off!
Washington was the only state to have the welcome sign on the left side of the road!
Bridges and wind farms...you know you're in the west now!
We made it to our destination, and Deek got to eat dinner at his favorite restaurant!!
Thanks for joining us on the first leg of this cross-country trip! Stay tuned for the next post about our adventures in the Pacific Northwest!