Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Vacation 2022!

Hi, Friends!

We just returned from vacation last night.  We were gone for about two weeks on an adventure that we've been wanting to take for quite awhile.  We walked and drove many a mile.  It took us three days to reach our destination to Yellowstone.  We stayed there for a few days and continued on to Grand Tetons, Mt. Rushmore, Deadwood, and Sturgis.  My SIL and her husband flew in from Phoenix area and met us at our hotel in South Dakota to see Mt. Rushmore, Deadwood, and Sturgis.  What an adventure!  We saw God's majestic beauty with Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons!

The above photo with my husband was taken near Old Faithful.  We were too close to the buffalo according to the ranger who blew her whistle and telling people to get away.  The buffalo did continue to move on and went as far as the parking lot.  We always had to be aware of animals.  We had buffalo and a bear that went out in front of us while driving.

Old Faithful

Old Faithful is active about every ninety minutes.  It gets very crowded and I don't know who the two men are in my photo, lol!  Anyways, it is fun to watch when it sprays up into the air.  

Jenny Lake (Grand Tetons)

This was one of my favorite areas with the Grand Tetons in the background.  Such a gorgeous view!

Mt. Rushmore

You have to see it to believe it on the grand size of Mt. Rushmore.  It's a beautiful walk up to get photos amongst the pines.  Such beautiful scenery and a great smell of the pines.

Husband and I

It's interesting seeing all the state flags lined up on each side.  There are beautiful plaques telling when each state became a state.

Crazy Horse

There is a memorial of Crazy Horse who fought bravely against Custard in the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.  We rode up in a bus where we could take closer photos.  They are still working on the memorial and plan to expand. In 1877, Crazy Horse was fatally wounded by a guard while he was resisting.  He was honored by the U.S. Postal Service in 1982 with a 13 cent Great Americans series postage stamp.

I have hundreds of photos, but I won't post them all here.  I may post some more.  I had trouble downloading them off of our camera for some reason.  The ones I posted are from my phone.  

I've been trying to keep up with commenting, but if I've missed some I do apologize.  I hope you have a great rest of the week!  And, thanks so much for taking the time to drop by my blog!  Take care!



  1. What a fantastic trip and such great pictures. I'm so glad you had great weather for the trip. It's nice you were able to meet up with your SIL and hubby. Thanks for sharing your pictures, I love seeing them.

  2. Wow--what a trip! Brings back memories for me as I've been to most of those places, but not in many years. What great photos you got, Maria! Bet the animals are glad you're back! Hugs, Greta

  3. It looks like you had a wonderful vacation and I'm so happy you had the chance to see so many wonderful American sights! Mount Rushmore is one I've always wanted to visit but never got there, so thanks for the awesome photos! Welcome back home again :)

  4. Oh how lovely... I wish we could have a vacation but it's not possible right now. Thank you for sharing and for your prayers my friend, it means a lot to have good friends like you.

  5. Gorgeous photos. Looks like ya'll had a wonderful time!