Our Big Adventure Out West – Part I

So I went to RomCon in Denver and then the family and I rented a van and drove.

And drove and drove and drove.

We figured we did 2500 miles +/-. Besides Denver and its environs, we hit Mt. Crazy Horse, Mt. Rushmore, Devil’s Tower, Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, and all parts in between. Here are some of the highlights:

Casa Bonita - You can't miss this cheesy must-see. The food wasn't as bad as has been described online, and the sopapillas are to DIE for!!

Inside the restaurant (Denver, CO)

Mt. Crazy Horse. Do yourself a favor and skip paying the $27 to get into the "park." You see the same view from the road for free. And forget the extra $5 pp to take a tour bus up to the base of the rubble. Disappointing.

Mt. Rushmore as seen from the walkway below the rubble pile. Worth the walk.

ampitheater at Mt. Rushmore

The Cosmos. Supposedly some sort of gravity-defying area. Most can be explained, but not all. Interesting.

The Badlands. Incredibly cool landscape that has inspired a new series.

More Badlands

Bear Country, USA. Worth every bit of the $55 to get in (per car). These are arctic wolves who frolicked right next to our car then ran in front of us for a while.

More Bear Country - big horn sheep

Black bear right next to our car. We have great video of this.

More Bear Country - elk

Tons of bears.

cubs at Bear Country. They have timberwolves, and mountain lions, and so much more. Great time!

the quintessential shot of Devil's Tower. 31 years after my first trip, I'm still looking for that alien landing strip!

The rubble pile

prairie dog field at the base of Devil's Tower

another side of the tower

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4 Responses

  1. How cool! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing! Wow, these pics were fantastic! But along with all my raging jealousy, I’m dying to know more about this “new series”?! Do tell!

    Glad you came home safe and sound, and you didn’t get to relive The Shining at the Stanley Hotel. 🙂

  2. Can’t tell yet, Carla. Have to run it by my agent first. 🙂

    Glad I didn’t live the Shining, too, but I would have thought they’d incorporate it more. I mean, that’s the only reason we have even heard of The Stanley. Yes, it’s a nice hotel, but we weren’t going on this trip to stay at nice places; we were going to SEE nice places. And while this was nice, the natural wonders completely overshadow it.

    However, we did learn that Jim Carrey stayed at The Stanley, in room 217, for all of about 2 hours and he won’t talk about why he left in such a hurry and spent the rest of his stay at the Holiday Inn.

  3. We went out and did sort of the same trip 3 or 4 years ago. You should have gone into the Crazy Horse compound. The building and exhibits are wonderful. It is a very impressive endeavor. The films detailing the history of the project were interesting. They are working towards it eventually being a community college campus. We were actually disappointed in Mt. Rushmore. Too commercial and didn’t have a Park feel. There was little information on the history of the monument and its construction. It was all gift shops and concessions.
    It is a lovely area. We still have so much more we want to see.

  4. we always go on gift shops whenever we want to find something to give on special occasions .,”

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