Rosie and I head west to Portland, OR for the RV pickup on Monday, June 6th. Sue joins us on June 10-11 and we'll take our time coming home.
  • Day57

    Back home

    July 23, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌬 26 °C

    Decided to head home to be with family. Calvin & Henry came down for two days and was able to do a small part helping DaddyO get back home on Aug 2.

    Will plan next trip (possibly south) for fall. May hit some Hokie games too.

    Stalling trip blog for now. Will RE-visit it soon.
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  • Day54

    Bucket List Alert! - Mt. Rushmore

    July 20, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    What an incredible monument. Awe inspiring.....

    Facility is very, very well presented... Nothing like the Hitchcock movie "North By Northwest" but that was decades ago...

    $10 for parking (senior citizen's get $5.00 ;-)

    Access to monument is free,,,,as it should be...

    I rented the walking tour recordings, well worth $6.00. It made the entire experience so much more understandable. Unfortunately, more than half the walking area was closed due to "construction"...oh well.
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  • Day54

    Crazy Horse Monument

    July 20, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Headed to Crazy Horse Monument...(Found a really nice day care for Rosie "Yuppy Puppy Doggie Daycare")

    The monument's a work in progress and access is only allowed to lower areas. Pretty amazing though. The sculptor also worked on Mt. Rushmore and was asked by multiple Indian Chiefs to create this one. It's now in 3rd generation family and will go on for decades.Read more

  • Day53

    Sturgis to Mt. Rushmore

    July 19, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

    Moved to just outside Sturgis, SD so I can see Mt. Rushmore tomorrow. Prob won’t stay too long but want to see it while I’m passing by.

    Staying at “RUSH NO MORE” RV park. Really nice.

  • Day51

    Ramshorn Lake, MT

    July 17, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Horsehide up to Ramshorn Lake, MT... I's only accessible via horse, up narrow trails that go from meadow to meadow and up pretty sheer cliffs. Got to trust the horse while it's on a 2' wide edge and crossing multiple creeks.... It's about a 3,000' climb and about 12 miles to the lake. We went thru a few rain storms, mostly little cloud bursts, until we got the last horse back into the trailer and the bottom dropped out....

    Speaking of bottoms, mine is going to take a few days to recover from the 7 hour, 24 mile ride.... Going up was "OK"... coming down was incredibly painful but what else ar ya gonna do - walk?

    These pictures really don't do the grander's simply breathtaking.

    Sincere thanks to Dana and Mary Christian for putting up with Rosie and I over the past few days. Their hospitality is over the top and their lifestyle is breath taking.... The pictures that follow are only ONE of hundreds and hundreds of trails and destinations in this stunningly beautiful part of America.... It's easy to see what Lewis & Clark saw when they came through....I just can't believe how difficult it would've been to somehow portray it to Thomas just can't put it into words...
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  • Day50

    Virginia City

    July 16, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Landscape pics on the trip back....incredible amounts of river activity...