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South Dakota or bust!

South Dakota or bust!

Today we are on the road heading off to Mt. Rushmore/Black Hills which is without a doubt one of our favorite areas.  We will be snapping pictures, taking in a few history lessons, and experiencing the majesty of the American Bison.  We can't wait to share it all with you over on Instagram - so find us over there for some Black Hills inspiration.

15 ways to honor Memorial Day across the country

It is our duty as parents and mentors to teach our children what today really means - not a day off of school or a BBQ with the neighbors - today is the day we honor thousands of lives lost to protect our land, our freedom, and the country we often take for granted. I saw this post by the National Park Service and I was immediately impressed with all the ways in which we can honor the fallen today.  I encourage you to read this article, grab the kids and get involved - even if one of these ideas is not in your area I am sure you can find something!

How do you plan your camping trip?

How do you plan your camping trip?

What kind of camping trip planner are you?

Do you pinpoint a destination and then find a camping spot and things to do around that destination?

Do you find the campground first?

Do you blindly pick a spot on the map and head there?

Do you rely on recommendations?

No matter how you start planning there is bound to be adventure!

KOA Care Camps Big Weekend

KOA Care Camps Big Weekend

Every May KOA hosts this great event and it's open to anyone and everyone.  The purpose of the weekend is to raise awareness about the KOA Care Camps for kids with cancer - a week where they get to go have fun and try to forget their burden of their illness.  Most importantly it's also a weekend to raise funds for these camps.  As part of the fundraising when you stay Friday night at a KOA paying full price you get to stay Saturday night for only $10 and that money goes directly to help the camps.  It's a win win for everyone!

Badlands National Park

The landscape of South Dakota is fascinating.  The Badlands are surrounded by grassland and it's not hard to forget that less than an hour west are mountains and forest.  When traveling interstate 90 you really have no clue that such a barren land exists to the south.  The Badlands National Park is one of those places that pictures don't do it justice.

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

There is something special about a visit to the Black Hills of South Dakota.  The rich history, the views, the buffalo, the landscape, the caves, the attractions and I could just keep going.   The cornerstone of the Black Hills has to be Mt. Rushmore and it really is more spectacular than I ever imagined.

St. Mary's Glacier, CO

St. Mary's Glacier, CO

Last time we talked hiking we were sharing the simple hike/walk through Waterton Canyon in the South Denver suburbs.  Today I'm back talking about a much different trail to St. Mary's Glacier not far from Idaho Springs, CO.  The drive is out of the way and the glacier is even more out of the way.  But let me tell you it is definitely worth every second. Google search the drive, they will give you better directions than I could, because I made Mandy drive.