December 23, 2017

December 21, 2017

Custer State Park

Custer State Park

The buffalo run free at many places throughout the park. 
 We were fortunate to watch them running along side the road.  
Many calves were with their Momma always trying to catch up with the herd.


December 19, 2017

Sylvan Lake ~ Custer State Park, South Dakota

Sylvan Lake

Custer State Park
South Dakota

I had less than an hour to explore the area around Sylvan Lake this Summer.
Was that enough time to soak it all in?
NO!
Charming~ Stunning~ Picturesque~ Calming ~ Gorgeous
Just a few describing words for Sylvan Lake.
Spending an entire day here would 'maybe' begin to reveal the magnitude of this little spot.
..and to think I felt that way around every corner in South Dakota! 

November 6, 2017

Dignity ~ Chamberlain, South Dakota

Dignity
Driving across South Dakota on Route 90 you'll come upon Dignity standing 
tall overlooking the Missouri River.
Located near Chamberlain, SD at a rest stop of all places,
 you'll be treated to one of the best rest stops you'll ever come across!

Dignity was donated by a couple for all of South Dakota to enjoy.
She honors the Lakota and Dakota Indian tribes.
Standing 50 feet tall she can't be missed!

Dignity's view of the Missouri River.
I love the stories and adventures of Lewis and Clark and their discoveries of the West.
They camped near this point.
The rest stop has a small museum to enjoy their adventures.

The hills of South Dakota lay ahead.  The only thing that would've made this scene more
spectacular would be for buffalo roaming up and down the hills.

South Dakota's Rest stops also have an outline of a teepee.
...and a place to relax underneath!

I would've had to work on my claustrophobia issues if I had to 
sleep in a teepee.  

A replica of Lewis and Clark's boat inside the rest stop.

The tail end of Lewis and Clark's boat replica extends outside.

Dignity has that wise look about her.

200 years and counting since the Corps of Discovery permeated the West!
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November 1, 2017

Fall in Vermont

In Pennsylvania we haven't been privy to an Autumn of much color this year.
Missing a trip north this year to see the Fall Foliage, I had to resort to last years
jaunt through Vermont where the colors were so vibrant the mountains  appeared fake!
#notfakemountains!

October 30, 2017

The Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis

I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see 
The Basilica of St. Mary
in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


The details were endless.  
You could think you noticed everything then realize you probably only seen half of everything!

The first Basilica of America
It definitely takes you back even before entering doors!

I know what it takes to operate a small country Church, but cannot
imagine what it takes to maintain this master piece!

Unfortunately I didn't get to hear the bells ringing or the organ playing.
Close your eyes and imagine the gong!
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October 23, 2017

Pine Grove Furnace Fest

Pine Grove Furnace and State Parks in Newville, PA is a favorite spot to get out in nature.
How lucky was I to come across this beautiful sight while taking a leisurely walk with the dog?!
It was a SOOC! (straight out of the camera) or rather a SOOP! (straight out of the phone!
All these pictures today are straight out of my phone.
There weren't many flowers left this time of year but because of the exceptionally 
warmer weather a few blooms were left for the butterfly and bee to enjoy a little pollen!

The friends of Pine Grove Furnace host a festival every year.  
One of the highlights is the pumpkin carving and pumpkin walk to Fuller Lake.
The pumpkins are put on a make shift barge so to speak while lit then pushed to the 
center of the lake.
The small beach was crammed to capacity while we listened to the legend of the 
Hairy Hand!
The lake was saved from the hairy hand again this year! 
You haven't heard about the legend involving Finley McDougal?
You need to attend next year to see if the lake can be saved for another year!
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In the daylight the pumpkins didn't seem as scary as being lit in the dark.
It actually adds to the natural Fall colors surrounding them!

Every season at Fuller Lake provides relaxation and great scenery.
This was mid Summer when the beach had sunbathers and a few swimmers.
Are you a hiker?
The park offers the midway point on the Appalachian Trail that runs from Maine to Georgia.
Are you a fisherman?
You can fish during every season!  Dig a whole in the ice and keep fishing in the Winter
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October 21, 2017

Mississippi River in Minneapolis

Just like advertisements along a roadway, the Mississippi River also provides ample
opportunity for some advertising.  
In downtown Minneapolis you can see the many places that have been staple
for years and years!
--North Star Blankets  (woolen mill)

Pillsbury has to get their mid west grains moving on the river!

Gold medal flour
The flour comes in handy for that great homemade pie!

The mighty Mississippi is not to be contended!
You can walk across the fierce water on the stone arch bridge and get an eyeful
of the grain mills and the locks.
Cross over from Minneapolis to St. Paul!

I'm still amazed to see waterfalls on the Mississippi!
It just goes to show - I have so much more to learn!