Oh how we love vacations! And a Stoddard vacation is ALWAYS a good time. This trip to South Dakota was no exception to that rule. My parents were talking about going to Mt. Rushmore even before we knew we were moving up here, so it worked out nicely. We met them at our home-for-a-week; Horsethief Campground. That night we got pizza and went to Rushmore. No one but Tanner had ever seen it before, and I thought it was really cool! They did this little lighting ceremony at night - a little speech from a park ranger, a video about the Presidents and why they were chosen to be on the mountain, and some other very patriotic type stuff. It was actually really cool. I felt quite proud to be an American :) It's pretty impressive how they made it and that they even made it and that not one person even died while creating it.
Tuesday was a glorious hiking day. We decided to hike the highest peak in South Dakota. Sounds pretty intense, huh? It really wasn't too bad. It took us most of the day, but we had some fun along the way. (Tanner told me I can't post tons of pictures on the blog, so I'm trying to keep it at a minimum. We got LOTS of really fun ones, and my parents have half of the great ones so this is just a teeny little taste).
|On top of Little Devil's Tower|
|This little guy was like 3 feet off the trail and didn't seem to care people were walking right by him. Pretty cool.|
Thursday we went horseback riding and did a pretty scenic little drive. Friday we got a pontoon boat and spent the whole day on a reservoir a little north of where we were camping. So much fun. We had a slide off the boat and it was glorious and relaxing. I was bummed Tanner had to miss it all, but we still had a great time.
|My mom has all the great pics of boating. My battery was almost dead. Perhaps I'll have to put more on Facebook or I'll squeeze a few more in here when Tanner isn't looking :)|
Then I drove home with my family Saturday and met up with Tanner for some fun family time on Sunday. Dinner all together and fireworks at Weber State and lots of great playing with the nieces and nephews. Family is awesome and we miss them already. It was fun to come home to our little family with our doggies though :) And now we're back to work (and Tanner is getting ready to start his new job in about a week) and we're already looking forward to the next vacation!