So this trip was one that was very special to me since we would be ending our trip in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, the town that shaped my childhood. It's been on my list since my family moved back to Iowa when I was 11. The trip was unplanned up until 2 weeks before we left, the idea only came to us when we were at the fair and saw an Idaho license plate on one of the carnival rides and I happened to mention how much I wanted to go. It just so happened that M and I were off work for the next month and couldn't think of any reason not to go, so we made the plan and left the day after my last summer wedding. I wanted to maximize our time and planned some fun stops along the way so that we didn't drive the entire 26 hours all at once. We made some pretty awesome stops and saw The Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Devils Tower, and Yellowstone National Park and so much more on our way there.
It's weird returning somewhere after 20 years, everything is different but so many things are the same. For me, the second we got to Appleway Avenue I was excited because I immediately knew where I was, I had my bearings, and memories of my old home came flooding back. I showed M and Zo where we I used to live and go to school, where my friends and I used to play and places my family used to go. It was busier than I remember but still a beautiful place. We spent most of our time on the lake, enjoying the views, and for me just the smell of the pines and the lake brought it all back. We walked the boardwalk, rented a paddleboat and even rode in a small water plane over the lake! I am so glad we could make this trip together, we had such an amazing time! We saw so many things and just looking back through these photos makes me want to start planning our next adventure (although maybe somewhere with a little less driving)!
places & things
1880 Town Museum - Belvidere, SD
Badlands National Park - SD
Wall Drug Store - Wall, SD
Mt Rushmore National Memorial - SD
Alpine Slide Rushmore Tramway Adventures - Keystone, SD
Keystone Fun Zone Mirror Maze - Keystone, SD
Black Hills National Forest - SD
Crazy Horse Memorial - SD
Devils Tower National Monument - WY
Yellowstone National Park, WY
(Old Faithful, West Thumb Geyser Basin, Firehole River, Upper Falls, Tower Fall, Mammoth Hot Springs, Lamar Valley)
Coeur d'Alene Lake - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Q'emiln Park - Post Falls, ID
Riverfront Park - Spokane, WA
OK so I just really enjoyed the fact that there was a Tesla charging station in the middle of all the wheat and sunflower fields of South Dakota! Such long stretches of highway between Souix Falls and literally anything else!