Sunrise in Monument Valley

Sunrise in Monument Valley

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Home Again

We arrived home all safe and sound.

Sorry it has taken me so long to post the end of our trip, but my computer has been on the blink.
David just fixed it for me and it is all better. As you can see below the kitties were all ready to head for home. Nicholas loves to ride in David's lap while he drives.

It was actually great to get back. We're all settled in and back to our routines.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Great Adventure in South Dakota

We had a great adventure today. We were surrounded by many wild animals. Here are some of the pictures we took. There were so many animals, it was difficult to really capture it all. Wednesday we are headed to Mitchell, S. Dakota as a one night stop over.
These white wolves were beautiful. In one area, 3 of them were rolling and playing in the grass, just like 3 kids.

Our car was surrounded by about 200 black bears in this area. We couldn't take pictures fast enough.

Barney the buffalo.

This badger has a face only a mother could love.

One of the bobcats is giving the other a tongue bath. Just like Jonathan giving Finnegan a spikey- doo on the top of his head.

These baby bears are all about 4 months old since baby bears are born in Jan. They were all having the greatest time playing, rolling and frolicking with each other. We could have watched them all day. There must have been 2 dozen baby bears all playing together.

Baby bear having lunch while sitting in his food bowl.

Baby bear playing with his toes.

A red fox--not the comedienne.

Ride 'em Cowboy

A couple of the 80 horses just waiting to take us on a long trail ride into the Black Hills National Forest. Yipee !
OH, We're "Back in the Saddle Again"
I'm back in the saddle again, out where a friend is a friend,

Where the long horn cattle feed on the lonely jimson weed,

I'm back in the saddle again.

Ridin' the range once more, totin' my old forty-four,

Where you sleep out every night and the only law is right,

Back in the saddle again.
Whoopi ti yi yo, rockin' to a fro, back in the saddle again

Whoopi ti yi yea, I'll go my own way

Back in the saddle again.

HUMMMM... Those tracks look fresh. Must be Indians ahead.
David riding Crow (the horse).

These are two of the many white tail deer we saw on our trail ride.

It was a great trail ride---but help!!!! How do I get off this thing? Max the horse, that is.

Statue of FDR. In visiting downtown Rapid City we came across these life like statues of the past Presidents. They are standing on corner through out down town. It was so much fun to drive around and try and determine which one was which president. Some were very obvious.

Here is the link to check them all out.

Statue of William Howard Taft

S. Dakota and Mt Rushmore

Bentley after a long hard day of riding and excitement.
This is the Crazy Horse Memorial at a distance. As you can see not much has been done on it to date.

Bentley is really having a great time looking out the window. There are just so many new things for him to see.

Mt Rushmore.

We went on a great hike at Mt Rushmore. The woods were beautiful and we certainly needed the exercise.

Wyoming and Little Big Horn

Welcome to Wyoming-----YEE HAW!!!!!!!!!!!

We have traveled through so many different Indian Reservations. The Crow and Cheyenne are near Little Big Horn.

This was the part of the memorial to all the Indians killed at Little Big Horn.

The battlefield. This was such an educational and interesting stop on our way to Sheridan, Wyoming. It was too bad we didn't have more time to spend listening to all the historical information.

This is where general George Armstrong Custer died. He was actually buried at West Point.

Another view of the battlefield at Little Big Horn. This whole area was very impressive.

Leaving Glacier for Great Falls, Montana

We went by Windham, Montana. Hey Becky--any relatives there????????
Finnegan has become a good little RVer. He hasn't needed his ACE since our second day of travel.

Bentley and Jonathan are great travelers. Here they are dozing as we ride along.

The Montana country side was beautiful. One side of the state looked very different from the other and we literally went from one side to the other. The campground we stayed at in Great Falls had live cowboy entertainment. We could hear the music from our site while we sat outside and cooked hamburgers on the grill with the kitties.

This is a coffee shop. With this shape a drive up window would be a little difficult.

We left Glacier on Friday for Great Falls. Again we passed thru Browning, Montana which is part of the Blackfeet Reservation. We noticed throughout the reservation what appeared to be a lot of poverty and very unkept homes with junk cars everywhere. The was lots of trash and beer bottles along the highways.