Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Thirteen Thursday!

I was going to do a picture 13, however, the pictures will take up way too much room. I need to figure out how to do a slide show or something so that you can look at all the pictures without having to waste so much space (or I need to learn how to make them smaller!)

So here is a 13 of where we all went and what we did!

1. Sioux Falls, SD--we went to Falls Park which has beautiful waterfalls and had hiking and biking trails. There is also an observation tower that we climbed to the top of to look at the park from above.
2. Deadwood, SD--we went to Mt. Moriah Cemetary where we climbed all over to find the gravestones that Fiance wanted to see. We also camped in Deadwood for 1 night at a place called Wild Bill's. We also saw the exact location where Wild Bill was shot.
3. Rapid City, SD--we went to Chapel in the Hills which was AWESOME. It's a little church that was assembled in Norway and then taken apart and shipped to South Dakota to be put back together. It's very small, but very cute and is an awesome structure.
4. Outside of Rapid City, SD--We also went to Sitting Bull Crystal Cavern which is right outside of Rapid City. Some of the most beautiful crystals. We had to walk down 10 stories to get to them though!
5. Needles Highway--this was WAY cool and we were able to make it through all the caves and saw the "Needle's Eye" which was really cool as well!
6. Custer, SD--we went to see Crazy Horse and WOW will that thing be amazing when it's finished! The Mount Rushmore heads will fit into Crazy Horse's head when it's done. We saw a lazer show there that was great!
7. Keystone, SD--Mount Rushmore for fireworks on the 3rd. I do have to say that I will probably never see anything that cool EVER AGAIN!
8. Estes Park, CO--We walked around Estes Park and ate dinner and had homemade ice cream. We camped right outside of Estes Park so that we would be close to Rocky Mountain National Park.
9. Rocky Mountain National Park--We hiked around the park and saw a wonderful waterfall. That is also where the signed that I posted on my last post was from!
10. Denver, CO--we saw the United States Mint building but weren't able to go in because tours are booked through August! We also went to a botanical garden that redeemed us for not being able to see the Mint building.
11. Colorado Springs, CO--we rode the Cog Railway to the top of Pike's Peak and hung out there for about 45 minutes. We got hailed on as we were re-boarding the Railway.
12. Colorado Springs, CO--the next day we went to the Garden of the Gods and I'm telling you, if you go to CO Springs, go to the Garden of the Gods. It was the 2nd time I had been there and I loved it just as much. Fiance had a wonderful time. We hiked all over and got some of the most amazing pictures there!
13. CO Springs, CO--we went then went to 7 falls and just like the name, it has 1 continuous waterfall that has 7 falls within it. Very very neat, however, it was over 250 steps to get to the top. That may not seem like a lot, but combine it with high elevation and VERY STEEP stairs! It makes me tired Amy with an asthma attack. Ooops!

Well, that's the trip in a nut shell. It was so much fun. We also played the license plate game. Anyone ever played that on a trip? Where you try to find all the US States while driving. Take a guess at how many states we saw. The closet one will'll get a post dedicated to your page giving you advertising (sorry that's as good as I've got!)

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Lyn said...

Wall Drug, SD. That's worth a stop. Great list, my T13 is up at FBO - Bible Misquotes Edition.

Pink Chihuahua Princess said...

Homemade ice cream, hiking by waterfalls, seeing the caves, and the top of Pike's Peak...girl, that's quite a trip.

Thanks for visiting. Happy Thursday!

gail said...

Those are some good places to go, have been to a few of them!
My list is up.


Wow! You sure had a lot of fun. Wish could do the same.
Mine is up too.

Ardice said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous vacation. We always play the license plate game when we go traveling. I even saw a license plate from Hawaii in South Carolina.

My list is up. Have a wonderful Thursday. Be Well...

Raggedy said...

Great Idea for a list.
Great list, sounds like you had fun.
My TT is up

Carmen said...

I guess you saw 13 plates? :)

Write From Karen said...

Wowsiers! You guys have been busy! Sounds like you had a great time.

Hhmm... I'm guessing you saw 17 different plates?

And the slideshow thingy - go to It's fun, free and easy to install into your blog. Have fun!

Mama Duck said...

beautiful, I loved the garden of the gods when I was there!

EmilyRoseJewel said...

Did you get to see Crazy Horse or Custer State Park? I remember you talking about those things. How amazing to see the fireworks on Mt. Rushmore, what a good patriotic feeling that must have been! Sounds like a wonderful trip! Similar to ours a couple of years ago. My list is up too!

Amanda Fernandes said...

Sounds like a really great vacation!

Janet ( said...

So many things about your trip make me want to go to those places, too!

Have you considered using flickr to store your pictures?

Happy0303 said...

You can use flickr or to make a slideshow for your blog. It's pretty cool! Great list. Glad you had such a good time!

Stacy said...

That sounds like a fabulous trip... Mt Rushmore is on our list to try to go to sooner than later, and I'm going to write down some of these other spots you visit. Since SD is a LONG way from where I live! :)

Have a wonderful day, mine is up too!

-R- said...

I will have to check out Falls Park next time we are in that general area. It sounds (and the picture below looks) gorgeous!

alau said...

That sounds like a fantastic trip. I've been all over the world (see my TT, my first) but I've never been to the middle of my own country.

Lady Jane said...

Wow! It sounds like you had fun. I don't think I have been to any of those places.

My list is here.

Susan said...

Well...I just traveled and played the license plate game and was glad that we got about 42 that is my guess.

This is a great list. I have never been to any of these places, but would SO LOVE to go.

My TT is up here. Hope you'll drop by!!

Dan said...

Great list, these are all places I would love to visit.

I am guessing you saw 38 different state plates

Jen said...

Aw, you were right near me and I didn't even know it! Hee hee!

It sounds like you had a great trip. :-)

Amy The Black said...

Awsome vacation. When I was 5 my family went to SD and I saw a lot of what you describe. But since I was only 5, I don't remember much. Back then, in the '70's, they were just starting on Crazy Horse. Will it ever be finished?

Lauren said...

I've never been to any of these places but it sounds like you had a great time. Makes me wanna go!