March 15, 2009

on our road trip: days two and three...

South Dakota sunshine.
I finally figured out how to upload photos from the road, so, here I am! We are presently in Rapid City, South Dakota (random, right?) after a long and seriously eventful day on the road. We had an exciting day, and I'm ready to share some photos from our road-trip-shenanigans. So, without further ado...

Salt Lake City.
Yesterday, we spent a few hours in Salt Lake City, which was absolutely gorgeous. We hung out with a bunch of LDS peaches (they all had beautiful coats and gorgeous hair and were totally friendly, I'm not going to lie) and had a quick tour of some of the grounds at the Mormon Temple. Also, apparently they have weddings every fifteen minutes there, because everywhere you turned, there was a bride getting her photo taken. I was all, "Is this for real? It's like Vegas up in here!"
Salt Lake City, Utah.
This is what sucks about going on trips as a couple. Nobody to take your photo. Hence, the awkwardly centered photo taken by a camera set upon a marble water fountain. Yesss.
Just a little windy.
At this point I was all, "Um, if I am able to get a photo without eating my hair, that would be cool. Also, my ankles are cold."
Well, lookee here!
Our search for roaming buffalo proved to be most fruitful. (We were in South Dakota at this point. For the record.)
Nice.
Since we couldn't actually pet the animals, Jay chose the next best thing. Photographic brilliance.
Custer National Park.
Here we are at Custer National Park. Jay was all, "I'm walking on water!" I was all, "Dude, how many photos am I going to get where I'm totally EATING MY HAIR AHHHH."
I think he wanted to eat my face.
We had a seriously exciting wildlife adventure during the drive to our hotel, where we saw deer, wild turkeys, some random looking creature that was a mix between a gazelle and zebra (or something to that effect) and a small group of mules that were blocking the road and totally walked right up to our car as we came to a stop. They walked right up to our windows and were pretty much ready to stick their heads inside and eat our faces. I wanted to feed them muffins, but Jay kept shouting at me to close the window. Seriously, how much do you want to pet this guy? I was so sad when we had to drive away. Jay apparently doesn't have the same admiration for wildlife as I do. Ah, well. In any case, we had such an exciting day, and tomorrow we are going to do some cave exploring. Excited? Yes. Yes, I am.

40 comments :

  1. you're so cute. i love that last picture so much! it reminds me of the safari at six flags, but totally in real life!

    i suppose the mormons really love their weddings, huh? wild.

    i can't wait to keep reading about your trip! xoxo

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  2. All the wildlife (actually, everything) in this post reminds me of our trip up here! We saw buffalo but not nearly that many and we were waaay up in Canada when we saw them.

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  3. You could have very well witnessed the wedding of my friend Lauren! She lives in Utah and is also a Mormon. And she got married this weekend. Whoa! I mean, I don't know if this actually happened but just the sheer likelihood of it blows my mind.

    Love the pictures. I'm so glad you and Jay are able to have time off to do this. You deserved it!

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  4. How did you get the perfect sun glare in your photo (the very first one of you)

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  5. Your trip looks so cute. I'm glad you guys are enjoying yourself!
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  6. Those are gorgeous pictures!! Sounds like you are having a great time. It's cool to read about this trip since I've been to all these places you are seeing. You guys are making great time, too, by the way. Hope you are enjoying South Dakota!! The weather is warming up so much here, so you shouldn't freeze to death when you get to MN!!!

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  7. I never knew mules were so aggressive . . .

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  8. custer state park is THE BEST. i swear that exact same burrow made love to my car window as well :) have so much fun

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  9. Ahh! I am just catching up on your shenanigans (LOVE that word by the way)! What a fun trip you are having! I love that you were able to experience the madness that is the SLC Temple marriages! They do have weddings every 15 minutes, no joke! Us Mormons love our weddings! Hahaha!

    The animal pictures and your captions, I love love LOVE! Please feel free to stop by Texas on your way home so I can steal you and put you in my pocket. Thank you.

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  10. Soo fun! I wish I was on a road trip right now...glad y'all are having fun and getting so much out of it! :)

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  11. The no photos of you when you are a couple thing annoys me too. We have hundreds of photos from France which feature either me or Dave. Any ones we have of the two of us are awful beyond words from the close range at which they were taken.


    You holibags look like lots of fun! YOu should buy some welly boots and two pairs of thick socks to keep your ankle warm though!

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  12. How cute! Yeah, I know the pain of no couples photos! We always do the whole 'holding out the camera and aim it at your face and hope for the best' thing. I'm always too scared to ask people to take my photo when I have my DSLR - what if they decide to steal it?! (Maybe I have trust issues...)

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  13. It sounds like you are having a blast! Enjoy your cave exploring! That sounds like so much fun.

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  14. You make me want to road tripppp!!!!! And gorgeous photos, btw. <3

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  15. sounds fun!!!

    i fed a giraffe ranch doritos at six flags' drive thru safari when i was 12.

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  16. Isn't Temple Square beautiful?!

    I had the opportunity to see the inside of the Mormon temple in NYC before it was dedicated and it was unbelievable gorgeous!

    I'm glad you're having a fun road trip :)

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  17. this looks so much fun! love the pictures!! looking forward to reading more about your adventures! :)

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  18. sounds like you guys are having an amazing time, i LOVE road trips. seriously half the fun (or most of the fun) happens between your destinations :o)

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  19. Wow, you two really know how to have a road trip. I love the pictures with the buffalo. :)

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  20. These photos are absolutely amazing!

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  21. i think this is so awesome how you are documenting your roadtrip.

    you make the (cold) northwest sound so fun!

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  22. How fuuuuun! It's so awesome that you're taking photos of the whole thing, I love it.

    And after looking at the first two, I just realized how much little Landon looks like you, OH MY GOSH. So funny!

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  23. I love the pictures! They're so beautiful. :] It looks like you guys are having a lovely time.

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  24. that first photo is GORGEOUS! you are sooooo pretty you thing!

    i am planning a road trip right now cause i am so jealous of all of your fun!

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  25. ahhhh! an animal!! sooo cute!!

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  26. What a great picture of the animals - like those 'leaning tower of pizza' ones!

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  27. I love how your road trip posts are so happy.

    (If I wrote one, I'd probably be all: First I yelled at Mike because he was GOING TO WRONG WAY and then Mike yelled at me because I WOULDN'T STOP SINGING LADY GAGA and then we saw a mule and I tried to put him in the back of my car but when he wouldn't fit I suggested that Mike just ride on the roof so that we could take Barnaby (that's what I would name the mule) home with us and then Mike would be duct tape my mouth shut...)

    Anyways... yeah, I like your style, lady.

    Oh, you should drive through Colorado on your way home and bring me a mule to name Barnaby... you can feed him as many muffins as you want.

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  28. "and. . my ankles are cold" HAHAHHAHA!

    you guys are seriously cuter than anything else. Love the pics!

    Also, rudeness is intolerable. I will cut the person who speaks nasty on my blog, if only I could find them. Sigh.

    Seriously, haters have to come at the best of us. Consider it an honor that they spend their pathetic time doing it.

    Hugs.

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  29. okay you guys are so cute, your trip is so fun! and ummm i have totally been to rapid city, SD before, haha. i have family that lives there and it's awesome. love the pics and can't wait to see more from the trip.

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  30. my favorite part: I wanted to feed them muffins! love it!

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  31. Sounds like you're having a lot of fun! Love the posts from the road!

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  32. yay! Im glad you can upload photos now. And I am even more excited that you are having so much fun! Still jealous!

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  33. Can I just say: I love donkeys. I seriously want a pet donkey. Seeing that lil guy would have MADE my trip. Simple pleasures.

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  34. About the wedding at LDS Salt Lake City Temple...yup, they really do that many weddings. My friend got married in June 2001 and it was a mad house around there. Literally like wedding conveyor belt or something. Couples come from all over the country to get married there---Erin and her husband were from Kansas and later moved to SLC. The grounds were beautiful with all the trees, flowers, fountains. Gorgeous!

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  35. I have been begging my husband to go on a road trip cross-country. Maybe someday when we can afford a little trailer or something and the baby doesn't have to take stops every hour to prevent total melt downs. :)

    So fun! Can't wait to hear more updates!

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  36. Looks like you're having a blast and I love the picture of Jay holding the buffalo! Oh and there's an award waiting for you on my blog!

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  37. You guys look like you are having such a great time! How exciting! I understand about the couple thing. My boyfriend and I have mastered the art of the self pic duo on vacation, lol. Enjoy! =)

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  38. My little sister and I used to play this game on long roadtrips where if we saw a cow we would yell "Hey Cow!" at the top of our lungs as we drove by, in the hopes that one or seven of them would look up. I'd be lying if I said we don't still do that to this day.

    Hi, totally random story because the buffalo reminded me of that game.

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