Category Archives: travel

Not National Parks

Who knew? Mount Rushmore is actually Mount Rushmore National Memorial. And we arrived in the late afternoon, just when the sun was in the wrong spot. There is a really neat hiking trail that goes down and around in front of Mount Rushmore, and it’s neat to see the different perspectives of these four huge… Continue Reading

Leaving the Badlands and Entering Wind Cave National Park

It looked like we had just stepped into a Western movie. All those vast, rugged spaces around us. To us Northern Illinois flatlanders, there was not a bad view anywhere. I’ve been going through my pictures, trying to decide which ones to show you, and there’s just too many! Even Ed was taking pictures with… Continue Reading

The Great American Road Trip: Badlands National Park

At the beginning of summer, a vacation planned for August seems like it will never arrive. When planning an August vacation in November, it seems even further away! And then, in the blink of an eye, those much planned for and anticipated two weeks fly by and are gone. We’ve been home for almost two… Continue Reading

Cozy Dogs for Breakfast

It was the last morning of our Springfield trip, and there was one more thing on our bucket list. We had already visited the Lincoln Presidential Museum, Lincoln’s Tomb, and Lincoln’s New Salem. We had gotten lost while on hiking in the woods and searched for an original stretch of historical Route 66. We had… Continue Reading

Hopeful Wandering

It was our second day in Springfield,  and in a guide book we had it said to look for a stretch of the original Route 66 on the east border of a park. We found the park and decided to take a hike while we were there. It was a beautiful fall day, sunny and… Continue Reading

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