Friday, April 28, 2017

Y is for Yellowstone

Yellowstone!  We are spending three nights and two full days there!  I am excited.  It's going to be a long drive from the Devils Tower area to Yellowstone.  I am opting for a route that is about forty miles longer than the shortest.  Reason why?  Because I will need to grocery shop at that point and I do not want to do it near the national park.  They are tourist trap towns with inflated grocery prices.  My sister warned me about them.  The grocery stores inside the park are considerable cheaper than the ones right outside but the variety of food and brands lacks.  We will be doing our grocery shopping in Billings, Montana.  Plus, I wanted to add Montana to our lists of states visited.


In Yellowstone, we will be staying in the Bridge Bay Campground.  It's a large campground for both RVs and Tents.  People have mixed feelings on the place.  I figure, we aren't going to be spending much time at our actual campsite, so I'm not super worried about things. 
Picture from NPS.gov
Yellowstone is a caldera geothermal hotspot.  It's one big super volcano.  There is so much to see there.  I like watching the webcam for Old Faithful.  Right now, there is snow on the ground but there are still visitors hanging out. 


I remember watching Old Faithful on my trip to Yellowstone when I was little.  I remember the large amounts of water and wondering where it went.  I don't remember the crowds though.  We have been warned of the crazy crowds.  My plan is to get up early on our first morning there, we aren't going to sleep well in the tent anyhow, so we might as well get up and going, grab a cold breakfast (We love Poptarts and granola bars!) and drive over to Old Faithful. It's only about thirty miles but the drive is an hour and a half.  This day, we will hit up the Upper Geyer Basin, this is where the majority of the geothermic activity takes place in the park.  It's also known as the Lower Loop.  If we get there before the big crowds, we can get some quality walking and hiking time in to see the features.  We will hit up the rest of the Lower Loop, I'm guessing with traffic it's pretty much going to take up our whole day. 


Let me back track a little.  We will be driving in through the North Entrance of the Park.  Near the North Entrance of the Park, we will find Boiling River.  One of the best kept secrets of Yellowstone.  I am hoping that is open since we will be visiting in Spring.  If it's not, that's a bummer but we will move on and see other things.  The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is on our way to our camp site.  Actually that whole highway is full of things to do and see and fall in love with. 


I want to hike Lamar Valley for at least half a day.  I do want to venture down into the Grand Tetons for a look see.  It's about 100 miles from our campground.  I don't know if we will have time. 


Our Yellowstone time is one that I do not have detailed and planned out.  That's why I want books, so I can try to decide what to do.  I know three days of Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons is not nearly enough.  So we will just have to go back sometime. :)


What are your favorite things to do in Yellowstone?

writers workshop: Where Would You Go?

You have to move away from your state in one month. List 6 destinations you wouldn’t mind relocating to.


Iceland

I want to live there.  I want to live in a place that I don't know the language.  I want to live in a place that eats "weird" food.  I just want to live in a place as beautiful as Iceland with abundant natural features to discover.  That island of fire and ice could keep me busy for a very long time.


Eureka Springs, Arkansas



I love Eureka Springs.  They have Turpentine Creek, the Crescent Hotel, the big Jesus statue and lots of outdoor space.  Hiking, climbing, caving, camping all in the mountains of Arkansas.  Yes, Arkansas has mountains.  Mountains that are much older than the Rockies.


New Orleans, Louisiana

Why not?  Only for a short short though.  I don't think I could handle it for very long.


Somewhere on the big continent of Australia


Another why not?  It's not hurting anything, is it?!  And there is a lot of roller derby there.

Out in the Middle of Nowhere South Dakota



I could do all those awesome homesteading things.  It might be fun for a while.


I cannot think of a sixth one right now.  Actually, I can, but I'll keep it a secret. 


Linking up with Mama Kat this week for the Writer's Workshop.  You should check it out.




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Thursday, April 27, 2017

X is for Xenagogy

There are around 400 words that start with X.  That does not include proper nouns.  I'm sure there are lots of made up X names out there.  I've seen a lot of them and trust me, those parents get pissed if you pronounce it wrong.  Stop flipping making up names and maybe I'll be able to pronounce them.  The "ghetto name" is a thing.  It's real.


Anyway.


I found the word Xenagogy.  It means a guidebook for tourist or visitors.  It's a very rare word.  Barely used in today's vernacular. 


You know I have perused many of online guidebooks.  I even looked at numerous book stores for good guidebooks to places.  I wanted some off the beaten path, maps and stuff like that.  They are hard to find, if one even exists.  I like to read about things and have as much knowledge as possible.


Maybe, I can write one.  Hahaha!  I'm not an xcellent writer.  I do it for fun.  I like to have my thoughts on paper...okay...written somewhere where I can go back and look from time to time.  I can at least write my tips and tricks and things I learned a long the way.  Right?


Xcellent X-Words is where I found my word at.  So if you need help with coming up with a word, check there.   There are so xtraordinary choices on there.   


Only two days left....I am feeling sad that this is coming to an end.  I have enjoyed all the comments and finding others blogs to read.    If you want to stick around after this all ends, I'm okay with that too. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

W is for Weather

I've been researching the weather for the places we are going to visit during vacation. 


So far, Wyoming is looking fantastic.  The first night we are staying in Wyoming, it is calling for abundant sunshine.  I'm down for abundant sunshine.


For Yellowstone, they are predicting 60s during the day and on the day we are leaving, they are predicting snow.  Snow happens in June?!?


But since we are leaving and traveling to southern Wyoming, we will have high 70s.


For our South Dakota part, we are going to have some lovely mid-60s with scattered storms.  I'm totally okay with this.  Spring storms are fun.


The night we stay in the Badlands, it will be warmer.  Temperatures in the Badlands are historically higher than other parts of South Dakota. 


It looks like we must prepare for all types of weather, dress in layers and not forget our rain fly. :)


What's your weather like?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

V is for Vacation

That's my whole theme here.  Vacation.  This is how my dumb brain works, I actually was having a hard time thinking of a V word.  So I looked up V words that pertained to vacations.  Guess what the first word was?


Other words on that list included: vehicle, video, video camera, visit and voyage.


Decent V words.....


Vacation.  I have a ton of vacation time.  It's because I'm always at work.  I'm not to the point of use it or lose it...yet.  After this vacation, I will still have over a week and a half of time left.


Working for the Government has its perks.  Like vacation time and a ton of paid holidays.  I like paid holidays.  Especially Truman Day.  Nobody else gets that day off.  It's coming up next month and I'm excited about that. 
On vacation, we will be traveling to nine states.  Two that I have never been to before.  One of those things that I want to accomplish before my last day of my thirty ninth year, is to visit all of the United States.  I want a cheesy vacation picture in front of every state sign (except Kansas and Missouri because that's every day)


I want to have fun and not worry about school, so in the thirty so odd days until vacation, I will finish all of my classes for the semester.


I want to write reviews for all the places we visit.  I actually love writing good reviews, even though I really love reading all the bad ones and the responses of the places.  Do you like writing reviews?  What websites do you utilize for making/reading reviews? 


I want to pack minimally and use resources wisely.  I/We don't need a lot of extra stuff.  Think of all those things you have packed and never thought of or used during your actual vacation.


I'm excited to use the drone and the go-pro to make some videos.  Even though  I suck at editing, but the only way to get better is to keep doing it and learning.  I mean, I didn't know even a simple code for my blog when I started and I know some stuffs now. 


The most important thing about vacation though is that I don't have to work for almost two  full weeks.  That's important, yo.

U is for Ulimate Must See List for South Dakota

Here is my family's must see list for South Dakota!  We are ready to check off these things!
  • Falls Park in Sioux Falls
  • The Sculpture Walk
  • Sleeping Under the Stars
  • The 1880s Town
  • Badlands National Park
  • Cosmos Mystery Area
  • Hike Black Elk Peak
  • Wall Drug Donuts
  • Dinosaur Park
  • The Berlin Wall Exhibit
  • Wonder around downtown Rapid City
  • Panning for Gold
  • Mt. Roosevelt Hike
  • Dough Traders Pizza
  • DC Booth Fish Hatchery
  • Mount Rushmore (Kinda)
  • Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Rush Mountain Park
  • Caputa Alpacas
  • Scenic Ghost Town
  • Galena Ghost Town
  • Spokane Ghost Town
  • Eat German food in Hills City
  • Eat Indian Tacos
  • Concrete Outline of USS South Dakota
  • Six Ton Prairie Dog
  • Corn Palace
  • Homestake Mine and Make a Hole in One
  • Deadwood
  • St. Peters Rock Grotto
  • Lonely dinosaur along I-90
Is that enough for South Dakota or do we need to add more?  What are your "Bucket List" items? 

Monday, April 24, 2017

T is for Town....1880s Town that is....

You know my oldest is all excited about the Ghost Towns, he's just as excited for the 1880s Town.


http://www.dakotagraph.com/2012/05/more-1880-town-storm.html
This stop is located about 22 miles west of Murdo, SD.  This town offers a nice stop during our long drive through South Dakota.  People have described it as being in the middle of nowhere.




We will be hitting up this place a couple of days before Memorial Day weekend, so I am hoping it won't be too crowded.


Have you ever been here?  Tell me your stories of visiting replica old West towns!