Pictures of the Week – Friday, June 15th

Another week has flown by. We’ve traveled to 2 more states and gotten 1 week closer to Canada and Alaska!

Last Friday, we started our day with a hike up Harney Peak in the Black Hills of South Dakota and finished out the evening with the night lighting of Mount Rushmore. We then spent another day in South Dakota before winding our way up to North Dakota for a night and then westward to the big sky country of Montana – where we’ll stay until next Wednesday.

3 states and plenty of miles have given us some great photos. Here are the shots we liked best this week.

Down For The Count

Harney Peak is the highest point in the United States east of the Rockies at 7,242 feet tall. What better way to spend our Friday morning than climbing it?

So we packed up water, the camera & the dog, and off we went on an almost 7 mile hike around Sylvan Lake, up Trail 9 to Harney Peak, down Trail 4, and back around the lake. For human legs, it was quite tiring. For the 4 shorter legs on Knox, it was absolutely exhausting!

As soon as we got back to our campsite, Knox passed out and stayed that way for most of the remainder of the day. And of course he looked adorable enough to necessitate a picture!

Patriotism At Sunset

You’d think we might be tired after a 7 mile hike and down for the count just like Knox, but no. Friday night was clear and warm, so we headed over to Mount Rushmore to see the nighttime lighting thanks to a suggestion from one of Edie’s former co-workers (thanks, Barbara M!).

Although the lighting ceremony didn’t start until 9 p.m., we arrived a bit early to see if we could find a good angle to watch the sunset. As soon as we headed toward the Grandview Terrace and the Avenue of Flags, we were greeted with the lovely sight of the setting sun peeking through the trees and putting a warm glow on the flags and the faces. Not a bad way to end the day, huh?

Anyone Home?

If you take back roads and US highways instead of the interstates, you see a different side of this country. Very rural, for sure, and sometimes, quite abandoned. We’ve seen quite a lot of abandoned buildings and have gotten in the habit of taking pictures of the really cool ones.

On our drive from South Dakota up to North Dakota, we happened across this lovely old farmhouse. Boards were falling off the sides. All glass from the windows had long ago been broken, and if you stood in the right spot, you could see straight through one side of the house to the other. Birds flew in and out as we watched from the roadside. Luckily, none of the ghosts came out to say hello.