Friday, June 26, 2009
Hubby and daughter are getting ready to leave South Dakota this morning to trek across Wyoming in anticipation of my arrival tomorrow in Jackson Hole. I planned them 3 nights in the Badlands/Black Hills region after their stints in Tulsa and Omaha. They stayed at the Fairfield Inn in Rapid City, for which I used up some Marriott points for their stay (pause to pat self on back). They shared some of their experiences and photos with me, which I will share with you as succinctly as possible.
Day One: Drive thru Badlands National Park... gorgeous (most beautiful thing Taryn's ever seen). Visit to Mt. Rushmore... awesome. Time at Crazy Horse Memorial... truly unbelievable (Did you know that the face alone is so big all 4 presidents on Mt Rushmore could fit inside it?). Buffalo burger at Crazy Horse... delicious. The Buffalo drive through Custer State Park... a little disappointing (more sleeping buffalo than walking near car).
Day Two (taken directly from Taryn's Facebook status yesterday): Deadwood... lame. Spearfish... lame. (Interjection: my family aren't gamblers) Devil's Tower... pretty sweet (They took the long hike around it and Gene said it was just incredible). Indian tacos... yummy.
Day Two Grand Finale: The evening lighting of Mount Rushmore program with Smoky the bear and the Park Rangers... spectacular.
As for me who was back at home: Father and daughter bonding during a once-in-a-lifetime trip... priceless.