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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Foto Story Friday #57 --take a little 1900+ mile trip, day1

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

We took a little trip with our friends, David and Heather, to Salt Lake City.... but we went through South Dakota. Not strange you might say, but it is, if you happen to live in Eastern Montana. We made this a trip of firsts.
As we left town-- Eastern Montana.
Somewhere in South Dakota, we saw this line-up of fire trucks. I barely got them as we flew down the freeway at 80 mph.
Storms were rolling in.
This is a huge cemetery near Rapid City South Dakota.
Entering into Mount Rushmore National Monument. The bridge is very cool, but kinda hard to capture from the backseat with the rain coming down.
We sat in the truck waiting for the rain to let up, then made a break for it. the flags are pretty cool, lining the path up to Rushmore.
We bought some umbrellas and shortly thereafter it stopped raining!
The crying presidents.
Backed off a bit. ( I took tons of pictures so that I'd be sure to have the perfect one.....) I do like how the rain made streaks across their faces.
Thanks to Heather for snapping our picture to prove we'd been there.
How would you like to hang from this while chipping away at the mountain creating the monument? .... yeah not me either! :)
The last glimpse of Washington as we left.
Off on the next leg of our adventure. We were once again chasing storms. We hit this one smack dab in the middle!
It was coming down so hard that we were forced to pull over and wait it out for a bit. This is the view through the windshield.
Sorry about the quality, but we were driving again and this is all run off from the storm! There was even a little waterfall!
As we approached Casper, WY another storm was brewing. We spent the night and rested for the next days adventure..... stay tuned next week the story continues!


Mom24 said...

Beautiful pictures. I remember going to Mt. Rushmore when I was 4, and I still can picture it in my mind. Thanks for sharing.

Chris said...

Hey wait -- you came to Salt Lake, and you didn't stop by and say hello?!

I love the weeping presidents!

Robyn said...

Great shots. Storm after storm can make for quite the day.

Izzy 'N Emmy said...

Wow, what a beautiful adventure! I love the cemetery, the bridge and I am a huge fan of storm clouds and rolling landscapes. SO GREAT!

Lisa (Jonny's Mommy) said...

Oooh...south Dakota is pretty! I've never been there either. So sad. Of course I'm in PA. That may be why. I love that shot of you guys in front of the mountain. Very cool. And that last storm photograph is amazing!

Maggie May said...

I love those rocks of the Presidents & I would have believed that you had been there!
Very moody weather you captured!

Keeley said...

Oh fabulous!!! I've always wanted to go to Mt. Rushmore.

How long did it take you to peruse the offerings there?

kaye said...

wow, great pictures. I especially like the one of the archway. Here’s my photo story. happy Friday!

Emily said...

Awesome. Mt Rushmore is totally one of the places I would love to visit!

scrappysue said...

i would so love to go there one day = i bet it's amazing close up

Hoosier Homemade said...

Looks like you had a great time even though it rained.

Latree@Dandelion said...

fun trip, and great pictures, as always.

Tristi Pinkston said...

I've never seen them cry like that! It's pretty cool.

Are You Serious! said...

♥ That's a big fat NO for me too! Man! It's amazing though!

lisaschaos said...

You had a rainy adventure! Love the wet presidents! :)

rochelle said...

I love that you caught all the rain on your trip. Isn't it neat to watch the clouds roll across the sky like that?

And what?! You were in Salt Lake?

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I always love new visitors.

Wonderful pictures!


Anonymous said...

great pictures, love the Mt. Rushmore pictures, and looks like quite a bit of rain, please send some to Texas, we need it badly.

Cafe Mommy - said...

YOU MADE MY SUMMER! I've been dreaming of driving there with the kids this summer but really hated the thought of being in the car with them from California. But your trip and your pictures made me smile! thanks for sharing :*) Great shots (and thanks to Heather for getting a pic of both of you)!

Momisodes said...

Wow. Those clouds and skies are so impressive!

Such a lovely set of picks. The "crying presidents" describes them so well.

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

Mount Rushmore, cool! Maybe I'll get to visit someday.

Those clouds are something else. I love looking at clouds.

Jaina said...

Mount Rushmore is incredible, that's so exciting that you got to go! That is some CRAZY rain!

Golightly said...

that is the long way around to Salt Lake! My grandparents are buried in that national cometary you passed, you also went past Sturgis SD, home of the famous Sturgis Biker Ralleys. Love the midwest storms, too. there is no place like home {but I'll stick to the beach now days...}

You could probably do a search on my blog and find pictures of South Dakota and Mt. Rushmore.