Yup. We did it. We rented one of those big, ridiculous looking thingys with photos plastered all over the sides and in gargantuan numbers, the 1-800 phone number for RV rentals to Cruise America. Boy did I have to eat a lot of crow. For years I’ve wondered why on earth people drove those things around…what were they thinking???
Well, let me tell you exactly what they all must have been thinking…
How do we get from Point A (being home) to Point B, C, D, E, F and G in a timely fashion that won’t break the bank and oh yes, did I forget to mention, accomodate two canine companions? (Or something to that effect I imagine.)
I won’t give you the down and dirty details, mainly because it is extremely late (of course), there are a gazillion loads of laundry to do yet, homeschool lessons to be planned, and various and sundry other odd jobs that have been left by the wayside due to other pressing things. (Those things being the other hats I occasionally wear…or scrubs I should say.)
Gracelyn and I visited Devil’s Tower in northeastern Wyoming and Jewel Cave in South Dakota two years ago when I was president of the Wyoming Veterinary Medical Association. All Gracelyn could talk about from that trip (when she was 3 years 9 months old ) was that we didn’t walk the entire Tower Trail around the base of Devil’s Tower and we only did the very short, 20 minute tour of the cave. (I didn’t think her little 3 year old body could handle the mile and a half walk nor the bazillion steps down into the dark cave. Whatever. Seems I should have just done both of them then, as she’s talked of it since.)
She also thought that Daddy should have been there. So, two years later, we finally convinced himself we should make the trip.
What to do with the canines? Thus the RV excursion was concocted, planned and then executed. And what a trip it was!
We saw Devil’s Tower up close and personal. Yes, we walked the entire trail around. No crowds, late in the day, beautiful fall weather. Sublime really.
We headed to Mount Rushmore (even more impressive than it was when we were kids–Greg and I–no, not together then. We each remember family trips.), Crazy Horse Monument, a dinosaur museum in Hill City, a train museum, and the coup de grace for Gracelyn…The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs South Dakota. An ongoing excavation of approximately 59 mammoths (known at this time)!!! Totally cool.
A whirlwind tour (as usual for us), a fun time was had by all. I think even the dogs enjoyed themselves.
See pictures below!