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Here I sit

On the side of the road in my car. I have to give a plug for my Verizon wireless Internet connection. It really is true, anywhere your phone works you can access the Internet.

South west South Dakota and Wyoming are probably the most beautiful states I have been in so far. The rolling hills covered with wild flowers, he huge sky with the most incredible clouds. The sky here is like no other part of the country I have seen. I plan to come back and spend at least a month just traveling around these parts and just enjoying the great outdoors, in the summer of course.

I was once again surprised by the size of a monument I visited. Mt. Rushmore is always shown in movies as this huge monument, in fact in "North by Northwest" I think the protagonist climbs into one of he carved ears (not possible). It is impressive though, a beautiful monument that literally will stand the test of time (according to the History channel). I much more impressive monument to visit is the Crazy Horse monument, just west of Mt. Rushmore. When it is completed it will stand 563 ft tall and tower over all the landscape that surrounds it.

From there I headed west to Yellowstone. I am amazed over and over again that when I have a set of expectations fate has a way of correcting that. Yellowstone is truly beautiful. It is a national treasure but it seems everyone and their brother knows this fact and is here right now. The overwhelming number of people here is too much for me. These people have obviously never seen a wild animal because they will block the road to stop and take pictures of elk and buffalo (which are everywhere). Speaking of buffalo, I knew they were large but understanding and knowing are two different things. These animals are gigantic! Mean too, there are sign all over to make sure the unsuspecting tourist doesn't get himself gored trying to pose with a wild animal. Apparently this is a commons occurrence and I am not surprised considering the idiocy I have seen here. I am really looking forward to Crater Lake, I hope that it is not as impacted as it is here in Yellowstone. More to come.

Posted by JustJ 09:23

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