Road Trip 2015 – Eastern Leg

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This summer we did the “Road Trip Vacation” with the kids in our new car.  Now that the kids are old enough to remember we visited many of our national treasures.  We started off by visiting the Oregon Trail Ruts National Historic Landmark in Guernsey, Wyoming.  This is a neat little site that is amazing to see how the metal wheels of the wagons cut down into the sandstone.  Many many families looked for a new life homesteading the “wild west” in the 1800’s.

Oregon Trail Ruts State Historic Site
Oregon Trail Ruts State Historic Site
Cool old tree with me and the kids.
Cool old tree with me and the kids.
Oregon Trail Ruts
Oregon Trail Ruts
Cool old tree at Oregan Trail Ruts
Cool old tree at Oregon Trail Ruts

Our destination for the first night was Keystone South Dakota to see both rock art features, Crazy Horse Memorial Monument and Mount Rushmore!

Crazy Horse Memorial Gate
Gate at Crazy Horse Memorial plus Daphne howling at the moon
Crazy Horse Monument
Crazy Horse Monument
Crazy Horse Monument
Crazy Horse Monument
David Humphreys Miller
Henry Little Soldier by David Humphreys Miller
Woody Crumble
Woody Crumble’s Spirit Horse

Down the road from Crazy Horse was Mount Rushmore.  We ended up there after dinner time and it was sprinkling and overcast.  Made for a really neat view with some awesome lightning overhead for a little while!  Saw these very tiny Mountain Goats on the way into the park as a bonus!

Mountain Goat
Mini Mountain Goat baby at Mount Rushmore
Rushmore Mountain Goats
Mount Rushmore Mountain Goats
Rushmore baby mountain goat
Rushmore baby mountain goat
Mini Mountain Goat family at Mount Rushmore
Mini Mountain Goat family at Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore lightning
Mount Rushmore lightning

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Washington's Looking at You
Washington’s Looking at You
Turkey Vultures
Mount Rushmore Turkey Vultures
Mount Rushmore lightning
Mount Rushmore lightning

Keystone South Dakota was a cool little town with a quaint downtown with 2 rock shops. Only one was open, however.  There was an amazing antique / thrift shop with a bunch of unique stuff and a friendly shop keeper, and an interesting sign downtown…

Surgeon Supplies
Surgeon supplies documented on a sign in downtown Keystone, SD
Rock Shop Fence
Awesome fence at the closed rock shop.

The next day we headed to Sturgeon for lunch and then to Devil’s Tower and eventually to Buffalo to stay the night…see the next post for more about the second leg of 4 of our adventure!

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