This was the first time for both of us visiting South Dakota so I guess we didn't really know what to expect. We figured since we would be here in August that it would be nice warm weather...well let me say it again, we didn't know what to expect and we definitely weren't expecting cold weather!
We camped near Mount Rushmore and we were way excited to try out our new tent since we both love camping. The weather made it slightly difficult to sleep as it got into the 30's that night and in the morning there was an icy frost on the ground. Good thing our campsite had hot showers. After warming up and packing up, we found our way to the mountain.
You can't really appreciate Mt Rushmore from pictures . You need to hear the patriotic music they play in the amphitheater, smell the pines, and gawk at the enormity of it in order to truly gain an appreciation for its exceptional beauty. The faces carved into the mountain are truly larger than life and we felt like we were partaking in a bit of American history by visiting.
Here are a few pictures we took while at Mt. Rushmore:
The animals would get real close to us...I made Devin take a picture with one :)
This is one of my favorite pictures because if you look close enough you can see the faces of the presidents in the background...and we didn't even plan that!
|Us by a lake near Mt. Rushmore|
After leaving Mt. Rushmore there wasn't much to see except for plenty of corn fields. Tons of corn fields! So as we were driving we saw an advertisement for the Corn Palace and knew we needed to stop and take a look.
The Corn Palace is a building that is completely decorated with corn (both the out and inside). Inside is a gift shop with tons of things that are made out of corn. We ended up buying a Christmas tree ornament of a snowman made primarily out of corn, so we will always remember how much corn we really saw on this road trip.
After that quick detour we were back on the road. Our next stop was Winter Quarters, Nebraska. We stopped in here to learn more about our pioneer church history. The pioneers settled here for the winter when they were traveling west. They got to this spot right before the winter was coming and they decided to build log homes here to wait out the winter storms. They were here for several months but once spring came they headed out, which was really hard for some. There is a really neat visitor center here and a pioneer cemetery. It was neat to learn more about what they had to go through!
For those of you who don't know, Devin LOVES ants! So of course he found a herd of ants and had to watch them so I snapped a picture.
|There is a temple right next to the cemetery with amazing stain glass windows!|
Our second day of our journey was a blast and we were able to see a lot of neat things! But a perfect day like this needed something in it to go wrong...or at least a police officer thought so.
On our way to Des Moines we got pulled over by a policeman, about 10 miles out from where we were staying that night. Neither of us have ever been pulled over before so we were kind of in a panic and didn't know what to do. The police officer was kind of intimidating. As one officer was talking to us there was another one that came around on the passenger's side of the car and shown a flashlight in the back seat...and since we were moving it was full of all our stuff. We're not quite sure what they were looking for. But needless to say we did get a ticket for going 10mph over the speed limit. I guess we'll be going a little slower from here on out so we don't get anymore tickets.