Our first stop was Arbor Lodge.
The kids were board to tears but Nathan and I loved touring this old house.
Then we drove to see the Nebraska State Capitol Building.
I've never seen such an artistic building.
Then we drove to our hotel in Kearney.
On the way we got to watch a storm come in over the mountains. Beautiful!
The next day we took advantage of the local tourism and visited Fort Kearny.
The kids got to stretch their legs before the long trip to our cabin.
After many stops for drinks, potty, screaming Liam's we finally made it to our cabin.
And just in time for the most beautiful sunset!
We woke with plans to visit the local Mammoth Site/Museum. It was really neat.
Then we went to tour Wind Cave. Again, very neat!
And since we were already in the car we decided to take the wildlife route of Custur State Park. We were so mesmerized by the local wildlife that we were late checking into our cabin.
We even got to pet wild donkeys. They almost bit Liam because he had just ate a snack and still had the residue from it on his hands. One of the momma donkeys even let us pet her baby that was so new she still had her umbilical cord.
After a great nights sleep in the wonderful camping cabins we headed for my favorite part of the trip - The Crazy Horse Memorial. It was wonderful and mesmerizing but the best part is I got to watch my husband experience the one place that he always wanted to go when he was a boy.
After many hours at the memorial we headed to Mt. Rushmore.
It was crazy busy and rain was coming in but we had a great time there.
Last up was our trip to Lead. This is a legendary gaming town with a historic hotel. The kids thought it was great that they could sit by a slot machine while Nathan and I gambled. (Insert bad parent of the year nomination here)
Lead was suppose to be our last stop before we started the 11 hour trip home (which would be made into 24 because of the lovely screaming of our lovely 2 year old), BUT, we just didn't want to come home so we decided to take a scenic tour instead. Here lies the Badlands...
This was the most beautiful part of the state with the sheerest drops I've ever seen. Liam and I stayed very far away from the edge because, and I quote Liam - "I don't want to fall off of there, I don't want to die over there, I don't want to die in this shirt". Do you think my fear of shear drops is starting to wear off on my youngest? (insert another bad parent award here).
All in all this was a WONDERFUL vacation.
It was spontaneous, relaxing, beautiful and just what we all needed!
Now, back to the real world. Ugg.