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Mom and dad in Yellowstone National Park



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Mom at Old Faithful                                                       Old Faithful    



Blue Star Spring



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Dad barbecuing chicken.                                          Fly fishing in Madison River.

   

A coyote hunting by Madison River.                         Two bull elks sparing by Madison River.

LOCATION:  Yellowstone, Wyoming    SITE:  Yellowstone National Park (Madison Campground)
DATE:  10/03/2014 - 10/05/2014    SITE:  A22    DISTANCE:  65 miles

Friday October 3, 2014

Today we woke up at 7:15 and dad crawled out of bed. He got dressed and than I crawled off the couch. While dad was getting my breakfast ready I sat on my bed waiting. After I finished eating I groomed a little. Then I asked dad to take me for my morning walk because mom was still in bed and I needed to go. While dad and I was gone mom got up and got dressed. When dad and I got back mom said good morning to us and then she made breakfast for dad and herself. Today dad had toast and a glass of chocolate almond milk. Mom had cinnamon and spice oatmeal and a glass of chocolate almond milk. After everyone was fed mom did the dishes and put a cooler together. Then mom and dad straightened up the Minnie because we're moving on to our next adventure.

Our next adventure is Yellowstone National Park. This well be our third time at Yellowstone. Mom and dad decided because we were so close to Yellowstone we had to go there again. This visit to Yellowstone we entered into the park a different way. We entered it the west entrance by going through the city of West Yellowstone. We needed to get propane so we stopped in West Yellowstone to get some. Afterwards we went to Yellowstone. When we got to the entrance of Yellowstone National Park there was a line to get in. Mom and dad were surprised because of it being so late in the season. But we didn't care because we were going to be in Yellowstone. The first thing we did was go to Madison Campground to get a site for a few nights. A lot of the campgrounds in Yellowstone are closed and we wanted to make sure we had a site. As we were driving to Madison we saw a few bison and some fly fishermen in the Madison River. When we got to Madison we checked in and had no problem getting a spot. The lady asked dad how long we were going to be there. He told her he would start at one night but probably will be there longer. She said that was ok with her but he may have to move from the site to another one. Because they take reservations. So dad decided to stay three nights. We found our site and then mom and dad discussed what to do next. They decided to go to Old Faithful, which was 16 miles away from Madison. When we got to Old Faithful we had lunch. Mom and dad had smoked turkey sandwiches. Mom gave me a piece of the turkey and a little bit of my food. After everyone was finished with their lunch. Dad cracked a window and then mom and dad said bye to me. Mom gave me a little snack as they were leaving. This visit mom and dad decided to hike the Old Faithful trail to the Observation Point. Before starting their hike they went to the Visitor Center to find out when Old Faithful was going to erupt next. They had about a half hour before so they decided to do the trail because it was only a half mile. The trail was very nice but it goes up 200 feet in elevation. Once at the observation point they waited for Old Faithful. Dad took mom picture and mom took a few pictures. They had gotten to the Observation Point with about ten minutes to spare but Old Faithful had already gone off while they were climbing up the hill. After waiting for twenty minutes they decided to go down the hill. The trail they took back was longer but they enjoyed it. The trail took them to different geysers. They hiked to Solitary Geyser and then they went to the geysers around Old Faithful. They saw Bee Hive, Heart Spring, Blue Star and many more. They had a great hike. Then they went to the Visitor Center and walked through the gift shop. Then they found out the next time that Old Faithful was going to erupt. They walked to the Old Faithful Lodge and climbed to the second floor so they could watch Old Faithful. They like walking through the Old Faithful Lodge because it's gorgeous. They relaxed on a bench waiting for Old Faithful. Old Faithful teased mom a few times before it actually did it thing. It was spectacular to watch. When they finished watching Old Faithful they came back to me. When they got back to me mom took me for a little walk around the parking lot. When we got back we went back to Madison. When we got back to our site we all went for a walk around the campground. While we were walking around we met a man and his dog (Twister). Twister looked like a lab but his was Chessapeek Bay Retriever. While mom and dad visited with his dad we introduced ourselves to each other. Then we continued our walk. When we got back to the Minnie it was 4:30 so dad decided to barbecue some chicken for dinner. When the chicken was finished we went inside. Mom fed me my food for my dinner. Mom and dad had chicken. After dinner mom did the dishes and gave me a chicken bone. She gave it to me outside. While I was eating my bone dad checked the oil in the Minnie and put his grill away. When dad finished doing his thing dad and I went inside. I went to mom's seat in the cab and went to sleep. Mom and dad decided to go for a walk by the river. I wasn't allowed so I stayed in the Minnie. They were gone an hour and a half. While they were at the river they saw a lot of fly fishermen, three bull elks and a coyote. Two of the elks were sparing with each other. This lasted for about ten minutes. The younger bull was trying to get rid of the older bull. But he kept coming back to sparing with him. Finally they went their own separate way. The coyote was hunting for his dinner. The other elk was just walking around the meadow. Mom and dad had a fantastic time watching the elk and coyote. After watching the elk they visited with a couple from Washington. By the time they got back to me it was starting to get dark. It was 7:15. I was asleep on mom seat. The woke me up because mom wanted to take me for a walk. We walked around our loop and then we came back to dad. When we got back mom baked Oatmeal Scottie Cookies. They came out super. Then we called it a night. We had a fantastic day. Now we're tried so I'll say good night. Have Fun!!!!!!



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Yellowstone Lake                                                       Gibbon Falls

    

Lower Yellowstone Falls                                          Upper Yellowstone Falls

    

Unicycling Around the World                                     Dad resting during Ice Lake hike.    

Saturday October 4, 2014

Today we woke up at 6:50. It was cold there was frost on everything and the water puddles were frozen over. Dad crawled out of bed and got dressed. While dad was getting dressed I sat on my bed waiting to be fed. Dad came out of the bathroom and saw me so he fed me my breakfast. While I ate my breakfast dad finished getting dressed. When I finished eating I asked dad to take me out. While dad and I were on my morning walk mom got up and got dressed. When we got back mom said good morning to dad and me. Then she made breakfast for dad and herself. They both had apple and cinnamon oatmeal and a glass of chocolate almond milk. After everyone was fed mom did dishes and dad put a cooler together. Then they both straightened up the Minnie. After the Minnie was ready to go we started our site seeing adventure.

Today we spent the whole day driving around and doing site seeing. While doing the site seeing we stopped so mom and dad could see the sites and take pictures. We drove all the way to Fishing Bridge. On the way there we saw a lot of geysers and drove through Norris. Norris Campground is closed right now but we usually stayed there. When we got to Norris Campground we pulled off the road and looked in a meadow to see if we could see any wolves. The last time we were here we saw wolves in the meadow but today we didn't see any. So we continued down the road. We drove through Hayden Valley where one of the two packs of wolves are usually seen but not today. We did see great looking hills with bison on them. After Hayden Valley we drove by Yellowstone Lake. We stopped at a pullout and mom took pictures of the lake. There was a gorgeous mountain range surrounding the lake and it had snow on it. As we were driving through Fishing Bridge we saw a guy riding a unicycle. He was riding it around the world just for fun. We also saw a lot of bison walking done the road. When we turned around and started back to other sites seeing areas there were a few walking down the road towards us. So dad stopped for a little bit to see where they were going. The leader of the bison was trying to figure out where dad was going also. Finally a couple of cars pulled over to take pictures and then dad went around the bison very carefully. This was super. The next place we went to was The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. We stopped at a very places there. The first stop was at Artist Point to see the Lower Falls. After taking pictures we stopped at the Upper Falls and took pictures. The last place we stopped was at Brink View of the Upper Falls. This was the first time that dad stopped here to look at the falls. It was a magnificent view. The next stop was at Canyon Village Visitor Center. Mom and dad walked through the Visitor Center and watched the movie about how Yellowstone was made. After walking around the Visitor Center they walked through a general store right next to it. Before they did this they saw the unicyclist and talked to him about his adventure. He had been doing this for a year and going to do it another year. Dad and mom were impress by his determination to ride his unicycle all over the world. He was very stable on his unicycle. When mom and dad finally got back to me I met them at the door to say hi. Then mom took me for a walk before she made lunch. When we got back mom made a turkey sandwiches for dad and hers lunch and she gave me a snack. After lunch we continued our adventure. The next stop was at Ice Lake hiking trail. Mom and dad wanted to do a hike so we stopped. I'm not allowed on National Park hiking trails so I stayed in the Minnie. They hiked 1.5 miles to a campsite on the lake. The trail was very easy. They walked through some trees and saw a lot of down trees. The trail was muddy at places so they had to figure how to get around the mud. Ice Lake is a very beautiful mountain lake. They were only gone about 45 minutes and they had a fun time. The next stop was Gibbon Falls. They had been here before but they still enjoyed looking at Gibbon Falls. After taking pictures of the falls we left. Dad asked mom if she wanted to go back to the campground or go to Old Faithful. Mom decided to go back to the campground because it was 3:00. I think she really wanted to go back because she was tired and her feet were hurting. When we got back to our site mom took me for a walk. Dad told her not to go too far because I get too tired. We walked as far as yesterday but on the way back to dad we walked around the loop right next to our loop. While walking around we saw a lot of people and mom waved at them. We had a great walk. When we got back mom and I stayed outside. Mom worked on some Sudoku and I sunned. Mom got cold so she went inside. I didn't like being left alone so I barked to go in. We relaxed for about a half hour. Mom did some Sudoku, dad read and I slept. When it was time for dinner dad barbecued some hamburgers for mom and his dinner. Mom cut up an onion. They both had a great hamburger for dinner. Mom fed me my food for my dinner. After dinner mom and dad went on a walk to see if they could see the elk from yesterday. They waited for over an hour and the elk didn't come but they still had fun. While they were waiting they watched the fly fishermen fish and witnessed one of them catching a fish. They saw a lot of people walking around and enjoying the river. The area they walked around was where the Madison River and Gibbon River flow together. They also saw a lot of Canadian Geese. When they got back to me I was very happy to see them. After saying hi to each other mom took me for a walk. We walked around our loop. When we got back we called it a night. We had a super day of site seeing but now it's time to say good night. Have Fun!!!!!

Seventh Week (October 5 to October 11)



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         Geysers we saw during the hike.                       A bull bison in the middle of the hiking trail.



Dad standing in front of a geyser on Sentinel Trail.



Old Faithful Lodge restroom sinks
Sunday October 5, 2014

Today we woke up at 7:00. Dad crawled out of bed and got dressed. Then he fed me my breakfast. When I finished eating I asked dad to take me for a walk. Before we went on our walk dad turned on the furnish to get the chill out of the Minnie. Mom had turned on the small gas heater last night before she went to bed but she had cracked the window and vent too much so the Minnie was a little cold. After dad turned on the furnish we went on our walk around the campground. While we were gone mom crawled out of bed and got dressed. When we got home mom thanked dad for turning on the furnish. After we all said our good mornings mom made breakfast for dad and herself. They both had maple and brown sugar oatmeal with a glass of chocolate almond milk. After everyone was fed mom did the dishes and dad put a cooler together. When mom was finished with dishes dad and her straightened up the Minnie. Today mom and dad decided they would go on a hike. The hiking trail wasn't too far away from Madison Campground but we still had to drive to it. On the way to the trailhead there was a bison jam. A herd of bison was walking across the road and everyone was stopped to take pictures. Everytime we see this we're excited because that's one of the reasons you come to Yellowstone. When we got to the trailhead there was only one car in it. There are a couple trailheads at this location so mom and dad decided to take the Sentinel Trailhead. While they were hiking I stayed in the Minnie. As they were leaving they said good-bye to me. Their hike was about six miles and was for three hours. They had a outstanding hike. They saw a lot of geysers and bison. They hiked out in the open, down a road, through meadows, a small forest and up a small hill. They decided on this trail because there was suppose to have a ruin of an old bathhouse. They never actually saw it but they figured it was where a few bison were at because there were a couple geysers there. As they were hiking they saw a herd of bison crossing through a river. They saw the steam come off of them as they exit the river. They heard a wolf howling. They saw gorgeous meadows and some geysers. They hiked through a little forest. They took the trail where the bathhouse was supposed to be but it wasn't where the map said was. They stopped occasionally to look at their surrounds and enjoy the openness. As they were looking in the meadow they saw three bison by a few geysers and a few trees. They figured that was where the bathhouse was. As they were hiking the trail a hugh bull bison was standing on the trail so they kept their distances and walked around him. He was about 100 feet from them. He kept an eye on them and when he realized they weren't a threat he just let they continue by him. When they got to a meadow it was a marshy so they had to figure how to cross of small springs. Some the the springs were hot springs so they had to be careful. One spot they ended up stepping in the water. At the edge of the meadow there were a few geysers so mom and dad had to walk by them. They were beautiful. Once they crossed the meadows the rest of the trail was nice. The last mile and half was a gravel road. When they got close to the parking lot there was a hugh herd of bison crossing the hiking trail road. So this attracted a lot of people. Everyone was taking pictures but they did keep their distance. After the bison walked off the road everyone continued walking the road but they walked very slow because they didn't want to disturb the bison. When they got back to me I was very excited I met them at the door and started to talk to them. The lady that parked next to us commented on how excited I got and thought that was great. After saying hi to each other dad took me for a walk around the parking lot while mom put their poles away and went to the bathroom.

When dad and I got back we decided to drive down to Old Faithful to have lunch. Old Faithful has a few trails from the parking lot. We drove around and checked where the trailheads were. Mom and dad didn't do another hike but they just wanted to know where they were. After driving around we parked the Minnie. It was amazing because the parking lot was empty today and just a couple days ago it was almost full. Once we parked the Minnie mom made turkey sandwiches for dad and her lunch. She gave me a little snack and a piece of the turkey. After lunch mom and dad walked over to the store and walked through it. While there they bought a couple boxes of hot chocolate. Then they came back to me. When they got back to me they decided they would take a shower. So dad drove over to Old Faithful Lodge. When they went to pay for their showers the manager told the young lady not to charge them and just send them upstairs to the showers. Mom and dad thought this was very nice. The bathrooms were very nice. Mom didn't have her camera with her. So when they came back to me mom hung up their towels to dry and got her camera. Then they went back to the lodge and mom took a few pictures. While there they walked through the gift shop. When they got back to me we drove towards the campground. We were almost there and dad asked mom if she wanted to go to West Yellowstone. She said sure it was early so we did. On the way to West Yellowstone we took a scenic route by the river. It was a very beautiful drive. When we got to West Yellowstone we filled the Minnie up with gas and then we went back to Yellowstone National Park. When we got back to the campground dad dumped the tanks. While he was doing this he suggested for mom to walk me back to our site. I was all for this. So we walked back. It really wasn't too far away from the dump station. When we got to the site I decided to stay outside and relax. I was tired of being inside. So mom and dad relaxed outside for a little while. Then mom went inside to make dinner. She decided to make Jambalaya for dad and her dinner. While she was making dinner dad visited with a neighbor across the street from us. The couple worked for the vendor of the park. They were getting things ready to leave to go home to Georgia on October 21. I stayed out for a little while and then I barked to go inside because I hate to be alone. After eating dinner mom did the dishes and then mom and dad went for their walk by the river to see if they could see any wildlife. They said good-bye to me and then they went on their walk. They were gone for an hour and a half and didn't see any wildlife. They did see a lot of fly fishermen. They had a very nice walk. When they got back to me they took me for a walk around the campground. When we got back to the Minnie we called it a night. We had a very nice day and now it's time to say good night. Have Fun!!!!!!




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Tower Fall                                                     Calcite Springs

    

A beautiful red fox                                                      Pronghorns grazing



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      Flo and dad enjoying our campsite.                     A mountain range by Mammoth Campground

LOCATION:  Yellowstone, Wyoming    SITE:  Yellowstone National Park (Mammoth Campground)
DATE:  10/06/2014 - 10/08/2014    SITE:  37    DISTANCE:  75 miles

Monday October 6, 2014

Today we woke up at 7:00. Dad crawled out of bed and got dressed. While dad was in the bathroom mom got up and fed me my breakfast. I laid on the couch for a little bit because I was still tired. Dad came out of the bathroom and asked mom why she was up. She said she just decided to get up. While I ate my breakfast mom and dad finished getting dressed. When I finished I went to my bed and groomed. After mom finished getting dressed she made apple cinnamon oatmeal for dad and her breakfast. They also had a glass of chocolate almond milk. After everyone was fed mom did dishes. I decided I wanted to go out so dad took me for a walk. When we got back mom was straightening up the Minnie. Dad helped mom finish things up. After the Minnie was ready we left Madison Campground. Today we're moving on to Mammoth

The drive to Mammoth was very nice. We drove to Canyon and then we turned left. There signs all over saying there was some construction and there will be some delays. When we got to the construction area dad found out that the road would be gravel and rough for seven miles so he turned around. He decided that he would go the other way to Mammoth Campground. This was great because we drove through a gorgeous mountain range. The road was curvy but very nice. We stopped a couple times so mom and dad could visit some sites. The first site they stopped at was Tower Falls. When we first got to the parking lot we weren't sure if we could go see them because they were working on the parking lot. The workers were drilling holes for some post. But they left room for them to walk around the construction area so they could go to the falls. Tower Falls were small but very pretty. The next stop was at the Calcite Springs. As we pulled in the parking lot we saw a lot of people across the road so mom and dad went over to see what was going on. Dad asked a gentleman what's going on. He said that the last three days they have seen a bear and her cubs hang around in the area. But today there was a red fox in the tall grass. Mom and dad went to where the fax was and mom took pictures. He was very pretty and wasn't in any hurry to move on. After awhile he decided to lay down and nap. When he did this mom and dad came back to the parking lot and went to the Calcite Springs. They climbed a lot of stairs and walked down a broadwalk to the overview of the Calcite Springs. The Calcite Springs were very nice. Calcite Springs has a few geysers feeding in the springs. The view was very pretty because the rive went through a canyon. The walls of the canyon we made from volcanoes, that made Yellowstone. When they got back to me I was sitting on mom's seat waiting for them. We said our hellos and then I crawled off mom's seat. We didn't see any bears but we did see a beautiful fox. As we were driving into Mammoth we saw a few elk on a hill. As we drove through the town of Mammoth we didn't see any elk, which was a surprise because we always saw a lot of elk in the town. When we got to the campground we checked in to make sure we got a site for a few nights. We had no problem. Once we found our site and tagged it we drove to Gardiner, Montana. Gardiner is only five miles away.; We went to Gardiner to buy a few things at the grocery store. It took mom and dad a little longer than normal because they thought the prices were a little high. So they only bought a little bit. When they got back to me I met them at the door to say hi to them. After saying hi mom put the groceries away and then we went back to Yellowstone National Park. The entrance to Yellowstone is though the Roosevelt Arch. When we got back to our site mom made lunch. Today she made chili for dad and her lunch. She gave me a snack for my lunch. For the rest of the day we hung around the Minnie. Mom worked on he Sudoku, I slept and dad took a nap. After about an hour of being in the Minnie mom decided to set up our chairs. Instead of sitting in the Minnie we all went outside and enjoyed the scenery. Before sitting in our chairs we went for a walk around the campground. When we got back we sat in our chairs and relaxed. Mom and dad looked for elk and I slept on mom's chair. Mom and dad looked through their binoculars and found some on a hill pretty far away. About an hour and a half later mom went inside to make gumbo for dinner. While she was making the gumbo dad and I stayed outside. I didn't stay too long outside with dad because mom was playing with food and she usually gives me a little. In the gumbo mom put chicken and sausage. Mom gave me a chicken bone and chicken for a snack. Once the gumbo was finished cooking mom and dad had it for their dinner and mom fed me my food for my dinner. After dinner mom and dad walked around the campground. As they walked around they didn't see any elk which was a little disappointing. When they got to the check-in booth dad checked the sign and found out that the campground was full. When they got back to the Minnie we said hi to each other and then we sat in our chairs for about an hour looking for elk. Mom got cold so we went inside. Before mom put me inside she took me for a walk. As we were walking we met our neighbor. The guy liked dogs so he paid attention to me, which made my day. When mom and I got back to dad mom made hot chocolate for dad and herself. For their dessert they had Swiss Rolls. We didn't see any elk in the campground today but dad did see some on a hill. Maybe tomorrow we will. We had a super day. I guess there's nothing else to report so I"ll say good night. Have fun!!!!!




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Wraith Falls                                                        Roosevelt Arch

    

Pronghorn                                                                     Coyote

    

          Red Fox                                                                   Big Horn Sheep

   

A cow and her calf                                                       A Bald Eagle    

Tuesday October 7, 2014

At 3:40 this morning mom and dad woke up because mom's hip was hurting. So she climb out of bed and decided to sleep on the couch. I was already sleeping on the couch so dad asked me to get off the couch. I crawled off and went to mom's seat in the cab. I wasn't there too long before I enjoyed mom in the living area. I slept on mom's dinnet seat. We all went back to sleep. Dad crawled out of bed at 7:00 and asked how mom's hip was. She said it was a lot better. She wasn't sure if it because she took a couple Tylenol or because she put her hip on a pillow. Dad suggested both ideas and mom took them. When dad went to the bathroom I waited for him on my bed. When he came out of the bathroom he fed me my breakfast and then he got dressed. After I finished my breakfast dad took me for a walk. While we were gone mom got up and got dressed. When dad and I got home mom said good morning to us and made breakfast for dad and herself. They both had cinnamon and spice oatmeal and a glass of soy milk. After everyone was fed mom did dishes and mom and dad straightened up the Minnie. Dad told mom that they should give her hip a break so we were going to drive around. Mom said ok because her hip was still hurting. Mom doesn't know why her hip hurts. The only thing she did yesterday differently than other days was workout for a half hour. The workout she did was a Jazz workout she's done many times before.

As we drove around we stopped occasionally to see the wildlife and some of the sites. Before stopping at the Wraith Falls we drove through Mammoth. As we drove through town we saw elk. The first place we stopped at was Wraith Falls. In order to get to the falls mom and dad had to hike a half mile. They walked on a broadwalk through a marshy area and walked up a small hill. Once they were at the falls they took pictures of them. Wraith Falls was a small but very nice. The next place we went to was the Calcite Springs viewing area again. While there mom and dad saw the fox again. So mom took more pictures of him. Then they walked the stairs to the overlook of the Calcite Springs. Then we drove to Lamar Valley, where another pack of wolves hang out at. As we were driving to Lamar Valley we saw a lot of bison and beautiful prairies with bison on them. We stopped at a couple of places to see if mom and dad could see wolves but they didn't. As we were driving down the road we saw a beautiful bald eagle. While mom was taking pictures dad looked for wolves. Then we turned around and head back towards Mammoth. As we were driving we saw a lot of vehicles in a parking lot so we stopped. The people there said that a couple of wolves were seen last night here but they were gone now. We had just missed a badger playing in the field but mom and dad did see some pronghorns. As we were leaving the parking lot we saw a coyote on the side of the road. Then we drove a little farther down the road and found another parking lot. Dad pulled in because it was lunchtime. There was a lot of people there looking at something. A lady asked one of the guy that had a spotting lens what was going on. He said that there were a few wolves spotted. So mom and dad crossed the road and went over to see what was going on. The wolves were two miles away but a gentleman had a spotting lens and let mom and dad look at them. They were so far away that if the guy hadn't told them what to look for they wouldn't ever seen them. Afterwards they came back to me and we had lunch. Mom heated up the leftover Jambalaya. After lunch mom took me for a walk around the parking lot. When we got back we continued our adventure. Dad asked mom if she wanted to go to Gardiner today or tomorrow to get gas. They decided to go today. As we were driving the five miles to Gardiner from Mammoth we saw a herd of big horns. This was outstanding because we have never seen any in Yellowstone. We had never seen any big horns this close. They were on a mountain ledge. After taking some pictures we went to town. After getting gas we drove through Gardiner to see what was there. as we were driving we saw a herd of elk. As mom was taking pictures a man honked at us. Dad just waved at him as he passed us. He had a lot of room to pass so we didn't care he honked. After driving through Gardiner dad turned around and went back to the campground. Once again when we got to where the big horns were we stopped and watched them. When we got back to the campground it was 2:00 so we relaxed in our chairs for an hour and a half. Then we went inside because mom and dad were tired. When it was time for dinner dad barbecued bacon and mom and dad had bacon sandwiches for dinner. I had my food and mom gave me a little bacon. After dinner mom and dad walked around the campground. When they got back mom took me for a walk. When we got back we sat on our chairs until the campfires got to us. When we got inside we relaxed for the rest of the night. Mom made hot chocolate for dad and herself. We had a super day. We saw bison, elk, coyote, fox, a bald eagle, wolves far away, Wraith Falls and a lot of beautiful scenery. I hope mom's hip feels better. I don't have anything more to report so I'll say good night. Have Fun!!!!!!



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                  Elk we saw on the trail.                                 Dad checking out antlers during our hike.

Wednesday October 8, 2014

Today we woke up at 6:40. Mom didn't kick me off the couch last night because her hip didn't bug her. I was so glad. Dad crawled out of bed and got dressed. While he was in the bathroom I waited for him on my bed. When I came out of the bathroom he said good morning to me and then he fed me my breakfast. While I was eating dad finished getting dressed and pestered mom. After I finished my breakfast I asked dad to take me for my morning walk. While we were gone mom crawled out of bed and got dressed. When dad and I returned from our walk mom said good morning to us and then she made breakfast for dad and herself. Today they both had maple and brown sugar oatmeal and a glass of chocolate soy milk. After everyone was fed mom did the dishes and put a cooler together. Mom told dad that her hip wasn't hurting so they decided to go for a hike. Mom put her pouch together and then they said good-bye to me. They caught the trail by the amphitheater to take them to Mammoth, which was a half mile long. The trail to town was very steep. When they got to town they found the trailhead for Beaver Ponds Trail. Beaver Ponds Trail is a five mile hike long. They have hiked this trail before so they knew what to expect. When they started their hike up the hill from town they saw a few elk on the side of the hill. They also talked to a couple. The elk were watching mom and dad. Mom and dad walked through a meadow a couple of times. When they did this it was a little warm. They hiked through a forest and up and down the hill. They hiked by a couple of beautiful beaver ponds. The pond was so clear they saw the trees reflections in it. Occasionally they stopped to rest and enjoy the gorgeous view of the mountains. When they were getting closer to town they were on top of the hill so they could see the whole town and it was a fantastic view. They also saw the hot springs. When they were almost finished with their hike and they were resting a couple came by. Mom and dad told them that they hiked the hardest part of their hike. When they got to town they saw another couple and told them that the first part of the hike was the hardest. Mom and dad had a super hike. When they talked through Mammoth they saw some more elk. By the time they got back to me they had been gone for over three hours. I was very happy to see them. When they opened the door of the Minnie I jumped out just to say hi to them. I walked between their legs and talked to them. After we finished saying hi to each other mom took me for a walk around the campground. When we got back mom made lunch. She heated up leftover gumbo for dad and her lunch. She gave me a snack. After lunch mom did dishes. Then mom and I went outside to enjoy the beautiful day. Dad stayed inside to take a little nap. I was outside with mom for a couple of hours and then I went inside. Mom came inside for a couple of minutes and then she went back outside. She was outside for another half hour and then she came inside. When it was time dinner dad barbecued sausages for dinner. After dinner mom and dad went on a walk around the campground. When they got back they let me out of the Minnie. We sat on our chairs until the sun started to go down. Then mom and dad bagged our chairs. Once the chairs were put up we all went of a walk around the campground. When we got back we went inside and called it a night. We had an outstanding day and now it's time to say good night. Have Fun!!!!!



Mom and dad leaving Yellowstone National Park



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A bull elk we saw in Mammoth.                                 One of the mountain ranges we saw.



A cottontail we saw at Wal-Mart

LOCATION:  Cody, Wyoming    SITE:  Wal-Mart Parking Lot
DATE:  10/09/2014    SITE:  00    DISTANCE:  150 miles

Thursday October 9, 2014

Today we woke up at 7:00. Dad crawled out of bed and started to get dressed. While he was in the bathroom I crawled off the couch and waited for him to fed me. When he got out of the bathroom he fed me my breakfast. While I was eating mom crawled out of bed. Dad asked her why she was up so early. She said because she went to bed a little early last night. After mom and dad finished getting dressed mom did the dishes and dad straightened up the Minnie. When they both finished their chores we all went for a walk. We walked around Mammoth Campground. When we got back we finished getting the Minnie ready to go. Once it was ready we went to a handicap site and filled it up with water. Then we left the campground. Our next adventure is in Cody.

As we were leaving Mammoth we drove through town and saw a few elk grazing in town and on the hill. We left Yellowstone National Park a different way then we usually did. We left the park through the Northeast Entrance. It took us two and a half hours to drive to this entrance. We weren't in any hurry so we took our time. We had to stop a few times because there were bison walking in the road. The part of the park we never drove through before was very pretty with a lot of trees and mountain ranges. One mountain range looked like it was a great place for big horn sheep or mountain goats so we stopped and looked for them. Dad saw a couple of them and pointed them out to mom. It took mom awhile but she did see them. It was a mom and a kid. They were climbing up a very steep mountain. Mom and dad had a super time watching them. After watching them we continued our adventure. After leaving Yellowstone we drove through a couple of cute towns in Montana. We drove in Montana for a little bit and then we went back into Wyoming. One of the highways we drove was Chief Joesph Scenic Routine. The scenery was very beautiful with a lot of big mountain ranges. The road was very curvy and went up and down mountain passes. Dad had to slow down at some of the curves because they were tight. When it was time for lunch we pulled off at a historic view. Chief Joesph was the Nez Perce Indian chief that said he had no problem with the white man so they weren't going to leave. But then the white man forced them off their land. This area was where Chief Joesph out smarted the calvary. But eventually they lost their battle with the white man. While there mom talked to a couple and dad made lunch. Mom and dad had sausage sandwiches and mom gave me a little snack. After lunch we continued down the road. We stopped at another view of the mountains and read about Chief Joesph. We got to Cody about 3:00 and found the Wal-Mart. Then we drove to McDonald's so mom could update my Website. Then we drove around Cody. When we got back to Wal-Mart dad parked the Minnie. Then mom and dad went grocery shopping. While they were shopping they picked up a chicken. When they got back to me mom put the groceries away and then it was time for dinner. So mom cut the chicken in pieces and heated up some of it for dad and her dinner. While she was doing this I went in the kitchen and kept her company because I like chicken and I didn't want mom to forget about me. Mom didn't she gave me a little chicken. When she finished cutting the chicken up she fed me my food for my dinner. Then she heated up the chicken and a few corn tortillas for dad and her dinner. After dinner mom did the dishes and then she washed dad's hair. Afterward washing dad's hair mom took me for a walk around Wal-Mart parking lot. When we got back we called it night. As we were relaxing we saw a cottontail. We had a very relaxing day. Now it's time to say good night. LIFE IS GOOD!!!!!



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Buffalo Bill getting ready to shot a buffalo.                                Native-Americans moving on.
    



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Dad enjoying soaking in hot spring pool.                              Wyoming State Bison Herd          



Dad and Flo standing on the swinging bridge.



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One of the three tunnels on the way to Boysen State Park.                Mom sliding down the slide at the park.  
       

LOCATION:  Thermopolis, Wyoming    SITE:  Boysen State Park Upper Campground
DATE:  10/10/2014    SITE:  06    DISTANCE:  120 miles

Friday October 10, 2014

Today dad and mom woke up at 5:30. Dad couldn't go back to sleep so he crawled out of bed at 6:00. Then he went to the bathroom. I crawled off the couch and waited for him to fed me. When he got out of the bathroom he said good morning to me and then he fed me my breakfast. While I ate my breakfast dad got dressed. When I finished I went to my bed and groomed. Mom was going to get up but dad told her it was only 6:20 so she went back to sleep. When I finished grooming I asked dad to take me for a walk. We walked around the parking lot and then we came back to the Minnie. About 7:00 mom decided to get up. While she was getting dressed she said good morning to dad and me. After getting dressed she made breakfast for dad and herself. She baked biscuits and made gravy to go with them. Dad had biscuits with butter and jelly. He did put some gravy on a couple of his biscuits. Mom ate a couple of her biscuits with gravy on them and the rest she ate plain. Mom and dad both had a glass of chocolate soy milk. After everyone was fed mom did dishes and dad straightened up the Minnie and put a cooler together. After the Minnie was ready we drove to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. It opened at 8:00. Dad had been at the center before but it was when he was 13 years olds. Mom had never been so it was exciting for her. The center had five different museums. One museum was about Buffalo Bill. It had a lot of exhibits about his life and adventures. One museum was Draper Natural History Museum. This museum had exhibits of  the wildlife in the west. One museum was Cody Firearms, which had exhibits of the firearms Buffalo Bill had and used. This had two floors. The first floor was on Buffalo Bill firearms. The basement had exhibits of all the manufactures of the guns. One museum was Whitney Western Art. This museum had a lot of beautiful paintings and sculptures of the wild wild west era. The last museum was Plains Indian. It had exhibits of five different Native-American tribes. It had a hugh exhibit of the how the Native-American lived on the plains. One interesting exhibit was before they had horses their dogs carried a lot of their belongings. A large dog could drag a load of seventy-five pounds. It took mom and dad three and a half hours to walk through all five museums. After walking through the museum mom took pictures of the statues on the grounds. There were a lot of beautiful bronze statues of Native-American Chiefs and Buffalo Bill. Mom and dad had a great time looking at the displays. While mom and dad did this I stayed in the Minnie so when they got back to me I was very excited. I met them at the door and said hi to them. Then they took me for a walk around the parking lot. When we got back mom made lunch. Mom and dad had pastrami sandwiches and mom gave me a snack.

They had finished Buffalo Bill Center of the West earlier than they excepted so dad had to change our plans. That was no problem he decided to do something special for mom. He had read that Hot Springs State Park had a bathhouse with an indoor pool and outdoor pool filled with water from their hot springs, where the public can soak in them free of charge. So our next adventure was to Hot Springs State Park. We arrived at the park at 1:40 and dad found the bathhouse. He went inside to see how it worked. Then he came and got mom. Before getting into the pool you have to take a shower and when you get out you have to shower again. The water in the pools are 104 degrees and the park controls the temperature with a valve. You're only allowed to soak for twenty minutes, which is enough time. Mom and dad decided to soak in the outside pool. They had a great time. The lady that worked there was there for 27 years and was in charge of the whole bathhouse including the temperature of the pools. She was very nice. After soaking they came back to me. I met them again at the door and said hi to them. Afterwards we drove around the park because there was a hugh swinging bridge and the state bison herds was at the park. The bison herd has only 25 bison so it's pretty small. We saw the herd on the hill. When we got to where the swinging bridge was mom and dad let me walk with them on the bridge. I was very happy because I was allowed to get out of the Minnie. We had to walk a boardwalk over the hot springs to get to the bridge. As you walk on the bridge you saw the hot springs falling into the river. This was so cool. After walking on the bridge we went back to the Minnie. We had a super time at Hot Springs State Park. We saw a lot of people enjoying the park.

Our next adventure was to Boysen State Park, where we decided to spend the night there. The drive to the park was outstanding because we drove through a gorgeous canyon called Wind River Canyon. The road was curvy and went down into the canyon. The canyon walls were tall and unbelievable. We was some train tunnels and we drove through three tunnels. The three tunnels were back to back to each other. This was very cool. We drove through them a few times because mom wanted to take pictures of them. But everytime she did they didn't come out. After driving through them three times she gave up and decided to keep the ones she has. Boysen State Park has two campgrounds the upper and lower. We drove through both and decided to stay in the lower campground. Both campground are by the river and right off the highway. We had a great site. There was only one other camper than us. The campground had a playground and volt toilets. While there we walked around the campground a couple of times. We had a very exciting day and did a lot now we're tired so I'll say good night. Have Fun!!!!!




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  The Minnie in Devils Tower Campground                         Dad barbecuing pork ribs for dinner.

LOCATION:  Moorcroft, Wyoming    SITE:  Devils Tower National Monument
DATE:  10/11/2014 - 10/12/2014    SITE:  B16    DISTANCE:  175 miles

Saturday October 11, 2014

Today mom and dad crawled out of bed at 7:00. While dad was getting dressed mom fed me my breakfast. Then she got dressed. When everyone was dressed mom made breakfast for dad and herself. Today they both had maple and brown sugar oatmeal and a glass of chocolate soy milk. After breakfast mom did dishes and dad took me for my morning walk. Dad and I walked around the campground. When we got back to the Minnie mom put a cooler together and dad straightened up the Minnie. Today we're moving on to our next adventure.

Our next adventure is Devils Tower National Monument. On the way to the monument we drove through a beautiful mountain range that went up to 9666 feet. When we got to the summit mom looked at a bag of potato chips and realized it was ready to explode. But once we were at the bottom the bag was back to the normal size. As we were driving through the mountain range the scenery was gorgeous. There were signs about big horn sheep so mom and dad looked for them on the mountainside but couldn't see any. We stopped at a historic site. It overlooked Meadowlark Lake. Meadowlark Lake was built by the CCC in 1936. At the same stop the CCC built a monument to honor The men who died or were burned when they were trapped in the Shoshone Forest fire on August 21, 1937. As we continue our drive we saw wild turkeys on the side of the road, deer and pronghorns in meadows and cattle, sheep, horses and donkeys in pastures. We stopped in Buffalo at Taco John for lunch. While mom and dad went inside to have lunch I slept in the Minnie. When they were finished with lunch we continued our adventure. The rest of the drove was by interstate so it wasn't too interesting. Mom napped part of the way. When she was awake she saw farm fields, pronghorns and deer. We drove by a big coal mine.

When we got to Devils Tower National Monument it was 3:30. Mom walked around and took pictures while dad checked on the weather.He found out that there was a 70% chance of rain tomorrow here at Devils Tower. So he checked out Custer State Park in South Dakota. He found out there was a 80% chance of rain there tomorrow. We decided to stay at Devils Tower for the night and wait to see what happens tomorrow. It didn't matter if we stayed here or at Custer State Park because we wouldn't have any power at either place. After mom took a few pictures we went to the campground and got a site. Once we set up the Minnie for the night. Mom set up our chairs. Then we all went outside and relaxed on our chairs. While we were outside mom and dad watched people climb the monument. You couldn't see them with your naked eyes so they used their binoculars. This entertained all afternoon. When it was time for dinner mom and dad made a fire in the fire ring so dad could barbecue some pork ribs. This was the second time we had a fire and dad barbecued dinner on an open fire. By the way the pork was delicious. Mom and dad had the pork for dinner and mom gave me my food and a little bit of her pork. After dinner we went outside and watched the mountain climbers again. After watching them for about a half hour we went on a walk around the campground. While walking around mom and dad stopped at the bathroom. While mom was in the bathroom dad and I continued our walk. When she was walking to us she stopped and visited with a young guy. Dad and I finished our walk. Dad put me in the Minnie and then went to get mom because it was starting to get dark. The guy was from Minnesota and was very nice. After visiting with him for a little while longer they came home to me. I met them at the door and said hi to them. Afterwards we called it a night. We had a great day and now it's time to say good night. Have Fun!!!!!

Eighth Week (October 12 to October 18)



Devils Tower National Monument

Sunday October 12, 2014

It rained all night and it was still raining in the morning. So mom and dad didn't wake up until 8:00. Dad crawled out of bed and I was waiting for him to fed me already. We didn't sleep with the heater on last night so dad turned it on and then he fed my breakfast. Afterwards he got dressed. Mom stayed in bed because she was comfortable. When I was finished eating I went to my bed and groomed. When dad was finished getting dressed I asked him to take me outside. So we went for a short walk around the campground. When we got back mom was getting up. She handed a towel to dad so he could wipe me off. He said I didn't need to be wiped down because it was only sprinkling. After mom got dressed she made pancakes for dad and her breakfast. They also had a glass of chocolate soy milk. After breakfast mom did the dishes and put a cooler together. We didn't do anything all day because it rained on and off all day. Mom did some Sudoku, dad read and pestered mom and me and I slept. For lunch mom and dad had leftovers. Mom heated up the rest of the refried beans and chicken. Dad had bean and chicken tostadas. Mom had chicken and bean burritos. Mom gave me a little chicken and a snack. After lunch mom took me for a little walk because the rained slowed down but we didn't go too far because the wind came up. While we were outside we met a couple of Labadoodles. When we got home dad said we weren't gone too long. Mom told him it was cold outside. Later on in the afternoon a couple more people showed up in the campground so dad had some entertainment to watch. When dinnertime came around mom made Western Family Thick and Chunky Chili. She also heated up a couple of tortillas. Dad and her made burritos out of the chili for their dinner. Mom fed me my food for my dinner. After dinner mom did dishes and baked some pumpkin and cream cheese cookies for dessert. After the cookies were baked mom and dad took me for a walk. This one was short because the rain had come back and the wind was real strong. After I took care of business we went back to the Minnie. I wanted to stay outside because I like the cold but mom and dad were too cold. When we got back we called it a night. We were glad we had a R.V. because we can run our heater and keep warm all day. The people in tents or in their cars can't. We had a very relaxing day. Tomorrow the rain is suppose to be gone and the sun is coming out. I don't have anything else to report so I'll say good night. Have Fun!!!!!!!



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 Wild turkeys at Devils Tower                                         Mom in Jewel Cave    

     

       Scot our tour guide                                              Jewel Cave National Monument

LOCATION:  Custer, South Dakota    SITE:  Wind Cave National Park (Elk Mountain Campground)
DATE:  10/13/2014    SITE:  B11    DISTANCE:  180 miles

Monday October 13, 2014

Today we woke up at 7:00. The wind was down and the rain was gone and the sun was shining. It's going to be a great day. Dad crawled out of bed. I was waiting for him to feed me my breakfast. Dad fed me and then he got dressed. When he finished getting dressed he turned on the furnish to get the chill out of the air. Then I asked him to take me for my morning walk. When we left mom crawled out of bed and got dressed. When dad and I got back to the Minnie mom was already dressed. After we all said good morning to each other mom made breakfast. Today mom baked biscuits and heated up the leftover gravy with pastrami in it. She also poured a glass of chocolate soy milk for dad and her. After everyone was fed mom did the dishes. While she was doing dishes dad straightened up the Minnie. Today we're leaving Devils Tower National Monument and moving on the Wind Cave National Park. After the Minnie was ready to go we left.

As we were leaving the campground we saw a flock of turkeys by the Circle of Smoke sculpture. One was trying to go under the fence to be with the rest of the flock but he couldn't because there was some chicken wire on the bottom of the fence. When we were leaving he was still trying to get through the chicken wire. He didn't see another turkey fly on the fence and then to the ground. On the way to Wind Cave National Park we saw a lot of deer, pronghorns and another flock of turkeys. It was amazing how many mule deer we saw they were everywhere. Before we got to Wind Cave we stopped by Jewel Cave National Monument. We have never been here so this was exciting for us. The parking lot was under construction so mom and dad had to take a shuttle to the visitor center. The shuttle was either a four-wheeler or a mini van. While mom and dad did a tour of the Jewel Cave I stayed in the Minnie. Their tour was over an hour and a half. The tour guide (Scot) was very good. He talked about the history of the cave, how the cave was made, how long it was and the different formation and colors in the cave. The tours are limited to 20 people. Today their tour was sold out. There usually are three different tours: Discovery Tour, Scenic Tour and Historic Lantern Tour. This time of year they only do the Scenic Tour. This tour was a 1/2 mile tour and takes 1 1/4 hours. They took a elevator down to the cave floor. Then they took a paved pathway with lights and they climbed up and down 700 stairs. Some places were steep. Mom and dad had a super time looking at the cave. It was like most of the other caves in which they're discovering more and more chambers in it. When they got back to me they had been gone for a couple of hours. I met they at the door and we all said hi and then mom made lunch. Today mom and dad had a ham and pastrami sandwich and mom gave me a little snack.While we were eating the door was open so when people walked by the kids said hi to me. After everyone was fed mom put things away. When mom opened the door I jumped out because I wanted to go on a walk. She was going to wait until we got to Wind Cave because it was a little muddy. But I needed to go so she ended up taking me now. When we got back we drove to Wind Cave. When we got to the city of Custer we stopped at a R.V. Park and got propane. While we were driving through Custer we saw a van we had seen in Yellowstone and we had met the owner. So we stopped to say hi to him. He was the gentleman we met that had a dog named Twister. We found out the dog's name was Thruster and not Twister. After talking to him for a little while we continued our adventure. As we were driving down the scenic routine to Wind Cave National Park we saw bison, turkeys, pronghorns, prairie dogs and deer. The road was curving and we drove over a couple bridges. One of the bridges we drove over it and under it. The signs were hard to read so we missed the turn to Wind Cave. We have been to Wind Cave before so when we got to Custer State Park road sign we knew we went to far. So dad looked at the map and found out where the road was. When we got to Elk Mountain Campground we drove through it to check it out. They only had one of the loops open but there was a lot of move. So we drove down to the visitor center to find out about the tours and times. While mom and dad went inside to check this out I stayed in the Minnie. This time of year they only have one tour, which is Garden of Eden. It's an hour long and 1/4 mile long. They only do this tour at 10:00, 1:00 and 3:00. It was 4:00 when we got to Wind Cave so we have to wait until tomorrow. Mom and dad walked around the visitor center and read about Wind Cave and the wildlife in the area. When they got back to me we went back to the campground. Mom got a envelope and said that it was $18 a night. Dad was tired so we decided to stay. He checked the water but it was turned off. He thought $18 dollars was high so he checked the newspaper we have on Wind Cave. It said that on the off season it was $9 a night so he was a lot happier. Once we parked the Minnie mom and dad took me for a walk. We walked around the loops of the campground that are closed. As we were walking we saw a few deer. They were just standing there looking at us. We walked around for about a half hour. When we got back to the Minnie mom made dinner. She started up the generator and heated up the leftover bacon and chicken and tortillas. Mom and dad had wraps for dinner and mom fed me my food and a little bit of chicken. For dessert mom baked pumpkin cookies. After the cookies were baked we all went on another walk. This time we walked to pay for the night. While walking to the pay area we said hi to our neighbors. When we got back to the Minnie mom did the dishes and then we called it a night. We had a very nice day. Now it's time to say good night. Have a great time!!!!!




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                  Bull Elk in the fields                                          Donkeys walking in the road.

   

    Bison grazing in the park.                                        Pronghorns crossing the road.



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Mount Rushmore Entrance                                          A Mountain Goat



One of the three tunnels to Mount Rushmore

LOCATION:  Rapid City, South Dakota    SITE:  Lowe's Parking Lot
DATE:  10/14/2014    SITE:  00    DISTANCE:  134 miles

Tuesday October 14, 2014

Today we woke up at 7:00. Dad crawled out of bed and I was waiting for him to feed me. Dad fed me and then he got dressed. When he finished getting dressed he took me for a walk around the campground. While dad and I were walking around mom got up and got dressed. Then she straightened out the couch for dad. When dad and I got back to the Minnie mom was getting ready to make breakfast. Today mom baked biscuits for dad and herself. They both had a glass of chocolate soy milk. After everyone was fed mom and dad straightened up the Minnie. Once the Minnie was ready to go to our next adventure we left Wind Cave National Park. Mom and dad decided not to do a tour because the first tour wasn't until 10:00 and we were ready to move on at 8:15. Mom and dad had already gone on a tour at Wind Cave so this was ok with them.

The road we took to Custer State Park was very pretty and we saw a lot of wildlife. We saw prairie dogs, turkeys, pronghorns, bison, elk and deer. When we got to Custer we decided to do the Wildlife Loop, which was 18 miles long. It cost $15 dollars for day use in the state park but it was good for a week and you can use it for any state park day use. While we were paying dad asked about the campgrounds. The lady told him that there were two campgrounds open but you have to make a reservation. If you don't have one you can use the telephone at the campground and make one. They charge you $7.80 just to make the reservation and then they charge you $25 per night for electric or $21 per night for non-electric. Dad thanked her and we continued our adventure. As we drove the loop we saw a lot of prairie dogs, pronghorns, bison, donkeys and deer. We drove by where they round-up the bison every year and get rid of the bison they didn't. This is how they control the size of the bison herd. We were surprise on how the bison here was so much different than in Yellowstone. The bison were smaller, weren't built as full and their coats weren't as thick. We still liked seeing them. As we were driving down the road we saw donkeys walking in the road and a long side of the road. It looked like they were use to being fed by people. We had a great time looking for the wildlife while we were driving the loop. After driving the loop we went to a campground to check it out. When we drove in Thusher and his master waved at us so we stopped and visited with them for a few minutes. Dad stopped and filled our water tank because we needed water. As we drove around we didn't see any R.V. sites without electric so we decided to go to the city of Custer to think about what we were going to do. While there we filled the Minnie up with gas. We decided that we weren't going to camp in Custer State Park because it was too much money. After filling the Minnie up with gas we went to Mount Rushmore National Monument.

Before going there we stopped at National Forest picnic area to have lunch. It was a beautiful picnic area. After we parked the Minnie mom and dad took me for a walk. I was ready to stay here for the night because it was so pretty. But we can't because it is only a picnic area. After our walk mom made ham sandwiches for dad and her lunch. She gave me a little snack. After lunch we went to Mount Rushmore National Monument. Mom and dad have been here before so it didn't take them too long to see it. They walked the trail around the monument and took pictures. They walked up and down stairs and saw the four presidents at different views. They were disappointed because the monument had the Sculptor's Studio closed. Instead they walked through the visitor center and read about how Mount Rushmore was made. They had a great time walking around the monument. When they got back to me it was starting to get warm in the Minnie but I was glad they had opened the windows before they left. They were gone for a couple of hours. I met them at the door and we said our hellos. Afterwards dad decided to drive to Rapid City. He wanted to take the scenic routine through some tunnels so it took us longer to get to Rapid City. We drove over a lot of cool bridges and through three tunnels. As you drive through the tunnels you can see Mount Rushmore. The road was very curvy but nice. We stopped at an overlook, where mom and dad took me for a walk. We saw Mount Rushmore and the beautiful Black Hills. For mom and me the drive was very relaxing. Dad really enjoys driving through tunnels so the drive was well worth go out of our way to do it.

We arrived in Rapid City at 4:30 and we found the Lowe's. We decided to stay at Lowe's and not Wal-Mart because we couldn't stay overnight at any of the Wal-Marts. Before calling it a night mom and dad stopped at Taco John's and had dinner. They had the Super Potato Ole. They said it was delicious. When we got back to Lowe's mom fed me my food for my dinner. After dinner mom took me for a walk around Lowe's parking lot. When we got back we called it a night. We had a super day. Now we're all tired and I don't have anything else to report so I'll say good night. Have Fun!!!!!!