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Jun 13, 2011 - Worthing Adventure 2011 Day One

It’s 6:26 am and we are on the road! We missed our ideal start time of 6am but we’re well ahead of our original on the road time. Let me introduce ourselves – My name is Julie Worthing. My husband is Brian Worthing and we are traveling with 3 of our 5 children. There’s Jordan, he’s 16. Then there’s Rebekah, 16 and Alida,13. And before you can even start with the “Really, 3 teenagers in the back seat?”, let me fill you in on the whole story. We’ve only been married a year … AND we are driving on a cross country two week road trip! :) No...

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Jun 11, 2011 - Mount Rushmore National Memorial

What a beautiful drive to Mount Rushmore on the scenic Iron Mountain Road - a very winding road with pigtail bridges and three one lane tunnels. "Tunnels that frame Mount Rushmore". When I arrived at the monument I walked the Avenue of Flags to the Grand Viewing Plaza. Simply marvelous! Before walking the trails, I watched the movie in the Visitor's Center that described not only the project but the sculptor, Gutzon Borglum. Anyone can Google Mt. Rushmore and get all the facts and statistics associated with the mountain but what you can't...

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Jun 1, 2011 - Ellsworth AFB - For the Animal Lovers; Bear Country, USA

Today we went to a place we had never really even considered visiting while in the area. We received recommendations from friends that had been to the Bear Country, USA when they were visiting the Black Hills area and we had read about it. But, it wasn't till we were seeing all the buffalo calves yesterday that we started thinking it might be fun to drive through the park to see some of the newborns now that it's spring time. What a well done park. There are over 250 acres and it's all a self-driving tour through the park. Once through the...

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May 23, 2011 - Crazy Horse Monument

Dave says: Monday started off bright sunny skies for a change. Mid morning we got headed out again with Crazy Horse Monument for a goal. From the campground we took the Needles Highway across a corner of Custer State Park. Another nice drive on a narrow twisty paved road through the Black Hills. The highway gets its name from the rock spires it passes through. I hate to keep saying how beautiful the places are that we are seeing but that's just the way it is. It is amazing to me to see these different places and the views just keep coming...

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May 22, 2011 - Custer State Park and Mt. Rushmore

Dave says: Still playing catch up on this journal... Sunday AM we headed for Custer State Park and found that it was free entrance for the weekend. Nice!! Headed for the "Wildlife Loop" in our truck and found herds of buffalo, more prarie dogs, Pronghorn antelopes, white tail deer mule deer and about a dozen donkeys who were hanging around the road. One donkey was right in the middle waiting for each car and checking it out for goodies. You're not supposed to feed the wildlife but some folks must be doing it. Nice ride with little traffic...

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May 21, 2011 - Badlands to Rapid City area of South Dakota (Mt. Rushmore)

Dave says: OK...will try to remember what we did this day. Playing catch up on this isn't easy...gets confusing with seeing so many things new to us. Got up early Saturday AM, got my coffee and cereal and sat outside soaking in the area at the Cedar Pass Campground. This is a National Park and we got free access with my "America the Beautiful - Senior Pass". Had to pay $15 for a no utility campsite but it was worth it. Last night I thought I saw a blue grosbeak...this AM I verified it when he showed up again. So many different birds as we...

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Oct 7, 2010 - Keystone MT Rushmore

Early to rise, big day, lots of miles to travel, when I opened the curtains, I noticed that Chloe had left the passenger door open all night on the truck. She has been miffed at me all morning because I called her home office in Calgary to complain, she lives in Calgary. She is speaking to me, assisting with directions but her voice has a certain edge and I am discreetly checking a paper map. The road from Hermosa to Keystone is called the Holy Terror road not because it is straight. Keystone is an interesting town, one that the shoppers...

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Aug 21, 2010 - Day 162 - Sturgis, Deadwood, Lead, Black Hills Forest

Today was another loop day, starting north, then west to Sturgis. The pictures will really tell the story. My visit to this area has been spectacular and memorable. There's a lot to see and I easily could have doubled my time here. But I saw the highlights and certainly the places that I have longed to see for many years so I leave very satisfied.

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Aug 20, 2010 - Day 161 - Nada, just nada

Truly. I was at my computer for 5 straight hours this morning trying to complete the previous two days' updates. Slow connection...on and off connection...lost copy into cyberspace...it was grueling. I did chores this afternoon. I took no pictures. I did nothing noteworthy. (You know I'd tell you if I did.)

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Aug 19, 2010 - Day 160 - Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse and Buffalo

Serendipity. I think I've been pretty darn lucky in that category! I did not plan to be in Gloucester (Perfect Storm) for the Blessing of the Fleet...but I was. An annual event and Caryn and I were there. And then there I was for the annual Lake Placid Iron Man competition. Didn't plan that one either. But I got to see competitors warming up...and then participating. But serendipity really did her thing today as I got to witness this once-a-year-only ceremony that made 90 people from 38 nations naturalized citizens of America. Ninety...

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Aug 18, 2010 - Day 159 - Wall Drug, Badlands, Wounded Knee

First...I apologize for posting this late. WiFi is very iffy here. I scurry as fast as I can! ------------------------ Boy oh boy, did I have a great day today! I didn't get home until almost 8:30 and after feeding my starving dog...and me, I crashed. First off, I visited Fort Hays. That is where Lt. Dunbar got his orders to go to Fort Sedgewick and the commander blew his brains out (his own, not Dunbar's). Now, I presume the vast majority of you saw Dancing With the Wolves...and loved it just like I did. It was neat going into the...

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Aug 17, 2010 - Day 158 - Transversing Nebraska to the Black Hills

I got a surprise delay this morning but made up the hour when I crossed into Mountain Time. I experienced my first flat and again, someone must be watching over me. It was fine when I unhitched last night and put the chock by the wheel, but flat when I pulled the slide in this morning. I met the other half of the owners this morning and the Mr. called three tire places (three in Valentine!) before he could find one to come to the park. As it had obviously been a slow leak, the tire fellow filled it with air and I followed him four blocks...

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