A couple of weeks ago I attended the Outdoor Retailer trade show in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah. I went to check out what’s coming up in 2016 in the outdoor, active and athleisure space. I have to say, I was super impressed and am excited about all of the innovation and energy currently pushing the industry forward. A rising tide has come. This show is also well-known to be one of the more fun trade shows around, with kegs rolling in at 4pm everyday (which I was not mad about).
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM WHISTER, B.C.
Next up: Yellowstone. I’d been to Yellowstone before as a kid, and my mom several times before, but we’re of the thought that you can’t drive through this part of the country without making a stop. On this trip we drove through the park en route to Paradise Valley through the Gallatin Gateway. We got into the park in the late afternoon and were worried about running out of daylight to see some of our favorite attractions, and we definitely did, but it led to something unexpected…
Friends! After a brief hiatus, we are back with the Wild West series. Next stop: Mt. Rushmore. Truthfully, before this trip I was honestly not that into MR. I never thought it to be the the most exciting of American attractions and considering it’s in the middle of nowhere (who goes to central western South Dakota?) it was just not on my radar. But when we talked about going on our road trip (right through… central South Dakota) I was completely game.
To my surprise, Mt. Rushmore really wowed me and I loved it (just like everything else in South Dakota). It’s truly a completely amazing and beautiful work of art carved into a mountain – the tallest between the Rockies an Switzerland. The story goes that in the 1920s, A South Dakotan historian decided this state and the beautiful Black Hills needed a lasting ‘Shrine to Democracy’ and a venerable tourist attraction, so he sought out this mountain and a sculptor with a plan. They invited President Coolidge out for a visit and he was into it, and work began in 1927. Mt. Rushmore took 400 men 14 years to create. Most of it was carved using very precise use of dynamite, which kind of blows my mind. The impending WWII causing an early pull of funding and thus, it’s actually not completely done to the original plan.
I think you all should take a visit, and if you do, word to the wise: go right when it opens before the tour buses show up :-).
I recently got back from a road trip in the good ole American West. A summer must we tackled early! My mom and I drove through South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana to check off our bucket list of going to the Badlands and Mount Rushmore. We snuck in Yellowstone (a second trip for me, and a third for mom) and a stop in one of our favorite Western towns, Bozeman, Montana for good measure.
The Badlands (great website, SD) has been on my list for a few years now. I think I had seen it in a magazine once and the unreal photographs had never left me. I’d been to a lot of great American National Parks in my life, but I had never heard of the Badlands then. And then there was that infamous Bachelor episode (don’t lie, you watched it too). Needless to say, we went and it truly blew our minds. I am now officially calling it the nation’s most under-rated national park and a must-see.
The Badlands are actually clay sediment formations dating back 60-70 million years, nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota. You drive through them on a loop and it feels like you are on the bottom of the ocean floor from millions of years ago, back when there was an ocean running through the middle of the United States (true fact.). The formations have beautiful color striations from various layers of sediment (volcano ash, etc) build up. Incredible….
more trip photos to come :-)