We didn’t really see any sights post-Rushmore. We basically just pushed to get to Iowa. And now we’re here! Feeling somewhat rested, but I think I slowed down enough for a cold to catch up to me. So happy to be with family. It’s 45 degrees and the boys are playing with their cousin in the muddy snow. Just a t-shirt under their coats and having a blast!
Mt. Rushmore! March 12, 2013
I don’t even know what to say… It’s pretty cool to read about these monuments and see pictures, but its something else to be able to see and experience it in person… To admire the amazing craftsmanship… to read about the lives of the great minds who helped mold our nation… To see and remember where we’ve been… To realize where we are now…
Ah… So where were we?
We stopped in Craig, Colorado.
The next day we drove… And we drove and we drove and we drove.
We headed north into Wyoming again until we crossed over into South Dakota. I found a great livingsocial deal for a lodge about an hour away from Mt. Rushmore!
I could get used to seeing this every morning… this amazing canyon area with rocky cliffs and pine trees and a creek running past… **sigh** There was actually another lodging area called “A little piece of heaven.” 🙂
Fossils! March 10, 2013
Here we are as we make our way SOUTH (finally) to Utah.
Here it is… the Carnegie Quarry National Dinosaur Monument.
Yay 40 degrees! By the time we got there I didn’t even wear my jacket!
This is just the visitor center/gift shop area.
The tour into the quarry is led every hour… in the winter you caravan with a ranger to this site.
The building encloses this wall of propped-up riverbed that’s filled with dino fossils!
The lower level of the building holds some awesome fossil casts, large and small…
Can you find and identify the fossils in this section of the wall?
After a morning of driving AND our excursion to Utah, we made it into Colorado… HUNGRY… so we found a great mexican food place. Do you see the size of these plates?!
We’ve got lots more country to cross. Heading up into South Dakota tomorrow!
My poor kiddos…
sniffily and congested for the last couple days… Traveling with them being sick just makes husband and I tired. I’m sure our bodies are trying to fight off whatever the boys have too.
Anyway, after driving through Yellowstone, I was stiff and tired and really starting to feel icky. I had been trying to sleep with B propped up on me so he wouldn’t wake up freaking out because he couldn’t breathe with all the gunk in his head. 😦
Husband took B and slept with him propped up on his chest and I had the bed to myself to get rested up before our next day’s travel. AND he’s been driving the whole time Isn’t he awesome?! Love you husband!
Here we are, tummies full and ready for adventure!
Our first stop was the Visitor’s Center:
The only road that was open this time of year brought us past the Mammoth Hot Springs. This was the only place we really walked around so we went as far as B would let us before he got too tired.
At the visitor center, we got some picture guides for the boys so they could see what animals lived in Yellowstone.
One of my favorite things about homeschooling/unschooling has been seeing the boys inquire and learn and do because they WANT to. Just as a quick example: J, on his own, made a list of animals he’d seen and kept a count, he was so proud of picking out and putting together his bison puzzle and he read a book about Bison babies to his brother.
While winter in Yellowstone was beautiful and serene, we can’t wait to go back and see how things change with the seasons!
From the Dalles, we made our way to Yellowstone with a stop in Butte, Montana. It’s a beautiful mining town with some sad history. We made a stop at the Granite Mountain Mining Disaster Memorial and we were able to see the view into the mining valley.
We headed closer to Yellowstone and ended up outside the Northern Entrance in Gardiner, MT. Dinner and swimming in the motel… just what we needed after a long drive.