Archive | October, 2011

Giant Heads

Mount Rushmore South Dakota

There are few places as uniquely American as South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore. No U.S. road trip would be complete without a stop at the giant granite visages of these four historic presidents. Yet it is also one of those places that everyone has already seen in pictures, and pictures do it justice.

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Photo of the Day: Devils Tower

Devils Tower Wyoming

Devils Tower Wyoming

Missed Opportunity: Climbing Devils Tower

Devils Tower Climb

We should have pursued it, but laziness won out. Climbing Devils Tower in Wyoming, if only to a height of a couple dozen feet with a class for climbing noobs, would have been a worthwhile and memorable experience.

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Wild

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Wild Horses

There’s something magical about nature in the wild.

Horses, majestic as they are, are not particularly exotic animals. We routinely see them on farms and in stables. But catching sight of a pair of mustangs, unbridled and unbroken – standing free on a wind-swept mountain – is an entirely different experience.

Can you hear me now?

Verizon Cell Phone Coverage

Yes, even atop Buck Hill in the heart of the North Dakota badlands, with no sign of civilization for miles in any direction, Shannon can in fact hear you. Our Verizon cell phones registered two bars at this remote location, demonstrating the increasing futility of trying to “get away from it all.”

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