I spent a little longer at the Great Sand Dunes than I’d expected…sadly, I could’ve stayed there for a week and not grown tired of it. But I could not afford (in time or money) to be on the road too much longer so I needed to head in the general direction of home. I say general because I continued to avoid the interstates (when possible) and caught some truly breathtaking scenery.
I took a series of winding roads through a couple of mountain passes before heading north to Wyoming. No pics though because I was too busy enjoying the actual drive. Wyoming was pretty unremarkable and I only used a portion of I-25 to get up to the Badlands and the Black Hills. Off the interstate again I took some more winding roads through the Black Hills National Forest and the Badlands. Some of the strangest landscapes you’ll ever see.
Suffice to say I almost got lost in the Badlands, accidentally driving down a black footed ferret research road and it was only through some patience, determination, and good humor that I did not completely destroy my car, kill a few prairie dogs, and get in a whole mess of trouble. If only I’d noticed this sign on my way in, rather than my way out.
The Badlands prairie dogs must have an excellent communication network because I swear this little guy had gotten word of a crazy Asian girl in a red Subaru. He went absolutely insane when I tried to get close enough to snap a picture.
Phew…I felt like after all those adventures off the beaten path that it was ok to do a few touristy things like:
1) visit Mount Rushmore
2) check out the Crazy Horse Monument
3) grab some free ice water and 5 cent coffee at one of the biggest tourist traps in the Midwest
All in all, a very successful road trip. Thanks to anyone who actually gets to the bottom of this long-winded post. This concludes the slideshow portion of the blog. Tomorrow I promise I will return with some crafting updates.