HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Sorry for the long wait . . . here's highlights from our afternoon in South Dakota!
But first, Lola would like to give a shout out to the Apple Store in Boston. She heard she has fans there and wanted to say thank you so much for your support! <3
**WHO DOESN'T LOVE A JACKALOPE!!!**
Along the way to Mount Rushmore we hit our two-thirds mark!!!
Just look at that sunshine! (and all of the dead bugs!)
Note: Moving trucks do not seem to come with much window fluid. We ran out on both trips!
If you plan on using one for more than 2 days, we recommend adding window fluid to your packing list!
Almost there . . . Yay!
We made it!!! For real this time!!!
So, I hate to disappoint anyone, but this is pretty much the best picture we were able to get of the Presidents.
As it turns out, dogs are not allowed in the park! For some reason, South Dakota and Wyoming seem to think that outdoor parks/landmarks are NO place for dogs. RUDE! I was able to take some beautiful pictures of Lola though. We got there just before sunset, so the lighting was on our side at least . . .
A nice, patriotic shot.
Just because dogs aren't allowed on the "developed" parts of the park doesn't mean I didn't push my luck!
Besides, when you have a model who is this well behaved,
it's almost a crime NOT to take a few pictures!
For these next few shots, I lifted Lola up onto a wall along the way to the parking lot.
Yes, I was definitely a little nervous, but again, with a model like Lola . . .
The wall was next to a path with a downward slope, so it was cool to be able to take advantage of
the underneath shot that I rarely get to take of her.
A better view of the wall. I picked her up and stood on the lower ledge to lift her up. The real sight was getting her down, she actually put her front paws over my sholder so I could lift her off!
I love these shots!
Up on a Pedestal
Looking over the Presidental Landmark
While she was on the pedestal, a grouchy old man (usually my favorite type of person),
came up to me and said in a crotchety voice,
"That'll be a $200 (or so) fine if the park ranger catches her up here!"
I'm sure he was just trying to be helpful, but honestly, was she doing any harm?
Again, totally worth the risk! (And no fine, I might add . . .)
Even though we did not get to go into the park, Mount Rushmore was still worth our time.
I absolutely love the pictures we took,
and I guess viewing the Mountain from far away is better than not at all.
Mount Rushmore is a beautiful place, full of wonderful smells,
and Lola impressed some new people, aside from that grouchy old man . . .
(Sorry to my nieces and nephews for the lack of Mount Rushmore gifts though!)
Doesn't she look regal when looking out over the land?
A stunning view!
Lola and I had a fantastic time in South Dakota and I never imagined that we would be able
to see so many exceptional things in one amazing day.
From Mount Rushmore, we still had 2 hours to go before arriving at my Cousin's house near Moorcroft, WY. We arrived to a house full of expectant reletives, just after 9 pm ct. At this point in our Journey, We had traveled 2,185 miles in 5 days and I was starting to miss being around people I knew. Needless to say, I was happy for a little break and some time to enjoy family. Lola was in dog heaven with miles and miles of mountainous land to explore and her very own pack of dogs to run with. It was just what we needed!