We enjoyed a lot of fun tourist attractions on our way to Laramie, WY last week. On the way out, we went through South Dakota and on the way home, we went through Colorado, Nebraska, and Iowa. This photo was taken by the Missouri River in South Dakota. Mom says she won’t take a trip like this in warm weather as all over the place there were watch out for snakes signs.
The first night we stayed in a Home2 hotel in Rapid City. We really like them and they have a nice kitchenette for Mom to make our food. The winds were heavy and the temps were cold. It was in the twenties when we got up in the morning! To warm our furs after our before bedtime walk, we sat for a moment at the fire outside the hotel. It is very cozy.
First thing in the morning we headed out towards Wyoming, passing a ranger station outside Rapid City. Here we finally met Smokey the Bear. What a gracious bear he is! He even let us pose for a photo with him. Do you see me smiling?
The next morning we were off to Laramie. It didn’t take long until we crossed into Wyoming. Wyoming is the twenty first state on our list of states visited. The sun was out and it was gorgeous, but cold, and still quite windy.
In Laramie, we stayed at a Hampton Inn. Mom hasn’t stayed at one in years, but they are now part of the Hilton group so we gave it a try. We actually really liked it. Our room was quite spacious, staff was friendly, and the location was good. We are adding Hampton to our list of hotels we can stay at. Olivia and I enjoyed watching the people in the parking lot from our window.
The prison we did our nose work at is part of the historic places in Wyoming. We got our own Park Passport and even got a stamp on the page with the prison. Hopefully we will go back sometime and do some hiking on their park trails.
After our two days of nose work, we packed our bags and headed out early Sunday morning for the long drive home. We took a short detour through Colorado on the way to Nebraska. Colorado is now the twenty second state Olivia and I have been to. Not bad for a couple of hounds! The sign was on the highway so we couldn’t take a photo next to it because it would be too dangerous.
Our last night in Laramie, it snowed and was very windy, nothing new, I know. Sunday morning the highway we took through the pass was covered in snow and ice. Still we made it to the point we were looking for, the highest point on Interstate 80. Another one of the tourist attractions we took in.
The main reason we stopped here was actually the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Monument. The Lincoln Monument is a bust of Abraham Lincoln by Robert Russin, 12+1⁄2 feet (3.8 m) high and resting on a 30-foot-tall granite pedestal at the Summit Rest Area on Interstate 80 east of Laramie, Wyoming. Russin originally erected the sculpture in 1959 nearby on Sherman Hill, overlooking the old U.S. Highway 30 (Lincoln Highway) In 1969, after Interstate 80 was built, state officials moved the monument to become a centerpiece at the Summit Rest Area and Visitor Center between the cities of Cheyenne and Laramie.
We will post more of our adventure in the coming days, The Corn Palace, Badlands, and The Black Hills. I think we are lucky dogs to get so see so much of the USA.
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