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Day 13… Home, home on the range…

by on Jun.14, 2009, under Cali or Bust!

Today was a pretty good day. We went a little over 550 miles today and made it through Wyoming into South Dakota.


We left the hotel in Wyoming around 9am and headed for the Wyoming Dinosaur Center. As soon as we got there, we found out that a tour bus was heading to the dig sites in about five minutes, so we jumped on board! The crowd on the bus was kind of entertaining. Half of them were from Minnesota, the other half were from Texas; they were constantly bickering about presidents and accents and how everything was bigger or smaller in Texas LOL. When we got to the dig site about ten minutes later, we got to sit at some pic-nic tables and hear the history of the dig site we were about to see. Here are some pictures of the sites and the museum.


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Here’s some of my goodies I got from the museum…. Geode’s, fossils, and an old shark’s’ tooth!


We took off from the Dinosaur Museum around 11, got gas, ate, and were back on the road by 12pm today. We went through the Big Horn Mountains and forest, it was absolutely beautiful, almost as pretty as the canyons we went through yesterday!

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At the top of Big Horn Mountain, we were at about 10,000 feet!!!! There was snow all around us, it was pretty chilly!

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This was at one of the scenic stops on the way over the mountain.

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Here’s some going down the highway straight stretch flash photography for you….. (a lot of them didn’t show up for some reason??)


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After we’d had all of the cow poop smells we could deal with, we finally made it into S. Dakota. We are at another KOA campground, the largest in the US actually. I wound up getting the cute little cabin that I had a fit over in California! Here are some pictures of the campground and the cabin!

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Following new tradition, here is a picture of the pizza we got this evening at the campground!!! LOL (it was nowhere near as good as Woody’s Pizza LOL)


Tomorrow we are going to see Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and Wall Drug!!!

More tomorrow!!!!

G’night for now

P.S. Dad, I found this for you today, thought you might like it!


9 Comments for this entry

  • Daddy Nodirt

    Boy ! What great pics and great places to see. You guys are really covering a lot of ground. Need more shots of you and Rick together at some of these places.

    That really sounds and looks like my kind of candy bar !! Makes me want it just to look at it ! LOL

    Thanks for the call last night. That was really great !

    Got to go to work now. You two stay safe and have fun. Tell Rick I said howdy.

    Love and prayers,
    Daddy Nodirt

  • Autumn

    I want some pizza! Bring me a slice home lol…..Well, I just wanted to jump on real quick and check on ya. We are getting ready to go fishin for a few hours. I’m gonna run by your house when we get done later on this evening. I’ll check back on ya tonight, may call ya from the house.

    Love ya

  • christina

    Looks like you have seen alot of cool places and things. You soooo should have taken me with you. We could have rode double. Can’t wait til you get back. Be careful and safe on your journey.

    Love ya


  • Hacksaw

    Hey Sarah & Rick! Greetings from Sterling Heights, Michigan. Just found Rick’s thread about your cross-country trip on GeoMetroForum last night. I suppose you’re looking up at Mt. Rushmore right now or something…Pretty amazing memories being made for sure.
    Did this trip somehow stem from your September 2008 trip to GeoPalooza? I guess we’re gonna be neighbor’s again in July at the Geneva State Camground in Ohio. Rick reserved site 29 and I’ve got site 25. I’d like to bring some of my kids, but timing is bad with birthdays, graduation parties, and what not…we shall see.

    See ya in late July and keep yourselves safe until then!

  • Sarah's Mom

    Loved all the pics and stories! The Big Horn Mountains and forest are beautiful. Glad you got to stay in the cute little cabin! Pizza, yummo! I knew it wasn’t as good as Woody’s when you didn’t post any pics of the place and manager! lol Can’t wait to see your next stops, esp. Mt Rushmore! Be careful, have fun, and love/hugs to you both! Mom :)

  • Tony

    My boys loved the pics of the dinosours. Now the want to go until I explained to them that it was further than Charleston!!!!
    Keep the pics coming.
    have fun and be carefull..

  • Jeff

    Were there any fossils/skeletons of Jackalopes there?? I hear they are pretty ancient. I also heard they attack moving motorcycles. Watch out!!!

  • Autumn

    Hey girl, I tried to call ya earlier and got your voice mail….

    I just wanted to let ya know that I went back over to the house and checked everything again. I got another weekend feeder and fed the fish. You didn’t have any new mail other than a sales paper lol. I cleaned out the litter box and there was just barely enough cat litter to fill it back up. I’ll pick up some tommorrow and take it back when I make my next house call lol. Hairy and Fuzzy were following me everywhere. I think June is even warming up to me! Anyway, I filled up their food and water dishes so they are fine. Your other babies that I got up here are fine too. The “pigs” are getting fat! Sylvia still isn’t eating the dry food all that well but she’s doing a little bit better. Oh yeah, somebody mowed your grass for ya and it looks good!

    I guess thats about it….

    We love all the pics and stories……We’ve got so used to getting nightly updates from ya that life just isn’t gonna be the same when you get done with this trip and stop the tracking map LOL.

    Hugs and kisses to ya both.
    And we can’t wait for your next set of pics and new updates.

  • Dick

    I smiled at your description of the conversation by your fellow tour bus riders. I got a laugh out of your change of heart about Wyoming, from in love with it to had enough of cow poop smell. lol

    I am impressed with the dino’ museum pics! I read the display descriptions when I could. I learned a bit about prehistoric sharks, and wondered a bit about the dinosaur nest in a rock depression and the “babies”. That Supersaurus vivian?? is a new one to me.

    What does it feel like to breathe air at 10000 feet? Can you feel the need to breathe deeper or faster? Can you feel the difference in engine performance?

    It is kind of ironic that 12 guys died fighting the dry forest in the Shoshone Forest Fire in the summer of 1937 the same year we suffered from too much precipitation in the devastating floods of 1937 along the Ohio Valley. I guess Mother Nature offers equal opportunities for destruction everywhere, and we may have had a dry summer that year, too.

    Where are the veggies on that pizza? No peppers of any kind are visible, probably on onion either; but I guess there is tomato sauce that still counts. You all will need more fiber in your diet when you get a bit older. lol

    I noticed a long stretch of riding without cell phone updates on Rick’s tracking site when you two got into Nebraska. I’m looking forward to your next post. I found out from Hacksaw’s post that there may be more about the trip on Rick’s GeoMetro site. I’ll look for it.

    May you both continue to enjoy the ride, and Avoid lots of rain.

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