Monday, August 3, 2015

Vacation Recap!

Oh hello there!  It feels like it's been forever since I turned on my Blogger account and chatted with you all.  If you have not noticed from the tittle of this post, we are back from vacation and to the swing of things.  We took a road-trip to the family cabins in Minnesota.  The trip was a last minute change of plans since we were originally going to Puerto Rico to visit my side of the family.  

We left Colorado at about 7:00 am on a Sunday.  We have always wanted to visit Mt. Rushmore, so we did just that.  We took a longer route to our destination and arrived to Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota at around 2:00 pm that Sunday.

Of course an obligatory photo shoot in front of our founding fathers was necessary.

We spent about ten minutes in front of the monument, and proceeded to the ice cream and souvenir shop for some goodies.

After our Mt. Rushmore experience, we explored the area a bit more and grabbed lunch/dinner at a local Mexican restaurant and managed to make a pit stop at the salt water taffy shop.
Shortly after that, we made our way to the Howard Johnson hotel in downtown Rapid City, South Dakota where we were greeted by the lovely Bobby.  The adjective "lovely" is brought to you by lots of sarcasm, since (in Bobby's words) customer service is optional for a front desk agent. 

After our check out from the "Front Desk Agent" from HELL, we stopped at Sturgis, South Dakota.  Joseph really wanted to check it out before we left the state.  It was time to get gas and for a bathroom visit, so I of course agreed.

(fun bench in front of a Sturgis shop)
 We quickly checked out one of their shops and continued our journey to the cabins.

We arrived in Grand Forks, North Dakota at around 5:30 pm on Monday where my sister-in-law Jessica and boyfriend Bobbie were anxiously awaiting our arrival.  We said a quick hello and headed to Texas Road House for dinner.  We spent two nights at their lovely home and headed to the cabins on Wednesday morning.

Everyone knows that what happens at the cabins, stays at the cabins, however...

Olivia's hair was braided...
Nightly pontoon sunset cruises became a tradition...
 and fun was had by all...
 We had such a great time!
  See ya next year Minnesota!


  1. So jealous of your travels! You look like you had an amazing time. Definitely have to put these destinations on the map of "to-go" places.
    Getting a bit long now... Guess that's what happens when you're bit by the travel bug!

    Can't wait to read more of your travels :D x

  2. I live in South Dakota now and I keep telling my husband we should go out to the black hills since we both only have when we were really little...but he is a bit scarred with driving out there since he went to the police academy in Pierre and had to drive 3 hours each way every weekend :/ maybe in a few years when he forgets how boring the drive is.

  3. A trip to Puerto Rico would have been awesome, but getting to experience Mt. Rushmore was fantastic. I've wanted to see Mt. Rushmore for quite some time, but getting up to S. Dakota is a challenge. It's in the works though.... one day.

    Looks like you guys had an amazing time.

  4. Looks like a blast!! I've always wanted to see Mt. Rushmore too. We travel with our kids a lot but haven't really seen many states yet.


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