I turned 30 in March. I wanted to start my new decade in another state, somewhere I'd never been. Mt. Rushmore! It was off-season and coooold and we got in a minor car accident and ew I was turning 30, but otherwise it was a fantastic trip. We stayed in Keystone, the town right next to it, but enjoyed exploring Rapid City and its Target as well. Some people you talk to say Rushmore is kind of a disappointment but we couldn't have felt more differently! It was such a thrill! Similar for me to seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time. Like, this thing really does exist! Whoa!!
Driving up to it for the first time.
^ Not a lot of people, as you can see. That was cool. In the summer they get up to 15,000 people a day. We saw maybe 100.
You can only vaguely tell in this photo, but every snowflake was so perfectly snowflakey! They were gorgeous! Like the pictures of snowflakes you see magnified in a microscope. Frozen fractals all arouuund.
The finger just makes it better, I think.
We unexpectedly drove through Nebraska for awhile on our way home. An extra state under our belts. It was so flat. So desolate. I loved it.