Westward Ho! – USA 0

image171.jpg Here’s the kids in front of “Seldom Inn” with Dennis and Maggie. image172.jpg Allie in the loft the kids slept in. image174.jpg The classic photo in front of the welcome sign! image175.jpg The kids in front of the “Grand Canyon of Yellowstone” … poor Billy doesn’t look so good. image176.jpg Mount Rushmore! image177.jpg Michael loved the Rushmore cave. image178.jpg Sarah staring at the prairie dogs that were popping up on the prairie. image179.jpg Welcome to the Badlands. image180.jpg Our second stop of yesterday was at the “Corn Palace”.  We all loved this stop!  Over a hundred years of tourists coming to view the great Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.  We couldn’t resist this piece of Americana!  At this point, the Cayo’s left us to head home via the U.P.  The Templin’s and the Klein’s headed on home via Ames, Iowa. image181.jpg The girls in front of Grandma Klein’s childhood playhouse in Ames, Iowa.  We pulled into the family home in Ames late last night.  The kids loved showing the Templin’s Grandma’s playhouse.  It was a great stop for our last night before home!

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Comments for mikeandmo:you have 28 comments

Sally
I shared your last blog with Don. He was stationed in Rapid City…here is his additional trivia reply.I am still trying to figure out how the UP is geographically on the the way home from the West….love it!Sally
Its called Wind Cave. Sort of like the Mystery Spot in St. Ignace.The best part of the Black Hills, or PaHa Sapa, for us Sioux, is the “Needles” an area of tall slender rocks and almost perfect silence. The Sioux Nation considered the hills sacred ground and that is why Custer had a problem at the Little Big Horn.

10 Jul 2007
Garth Jones
I hope you made it home safe and had a great vacation. We really enjoyed your short visit. We hope you know you are welcome to come back any time. Garth Jones

09 Jul 2007
Ellen
Hi people of the Grand Canyon. I STILL wish i were there to see it all in person, but these last days I was packing for Wakanda.I miss ya’ll. Bye!!

07 Jul 2007
Regina
Ellen said it all – we still wish we were there with you but this is the next best thing. Looks like an awesome time! I looked back through some of the pics and I love the moose picture! How cool.Can’t wait to see you and all the other pictures when you return!Peace and love, Regina

05 Jul 2007
Courtney
how fun!! great pictures 🙂

05 Jul 2007
Ellen
The swimming looked really fun!! I still wish I was there. Those muscle cars were sweet!!! All i can think about right now is being there and seeing all the cool stuff.Bye!!

05 Jul 2007
Kristin
We’ve really enjoyed the blog, gotta love the technology! How did you celebrate the fourth (other than getting to visit so much of the fabulous west)” Thanks for letting us “virtually” come along!

05 Jul 2007
Sally
What a great trip! I was there in 1975!!! Brings back great memories. Wish I was there now!
Enjoy!

05 Jul 2007
Joanie
Hi – Paula forwarded your travel blog on to me…thank goodness! I am so thrilled that you are having such a great time! We love it out there so much…it’s absolutely breathtaking, isn’t it! These memories will last your children a lifetime…all of you adults should be very proud! You are wonderful parents! Keep smiling! Love, Aunt Joanie

04 Jul 2007
Regina
Sorry to hear about Mo and Sarah not feeling so well, but glad it passed quickly. It is great that you are all together and enjoy such a wonderful experience. The pictures are truly stunning, I can only imagine what it is like to see it in person (when you can look Mo!) heehee. I too, will sit through all the pictures you have to offer up. Can’t wait to see you all – continue to be safe, send our love to every one!Peace!

29 Jun 2007
Jen Miller
Hello everyone!We love the stories! Glad to hear the Cayo’s made it safely. We saw Nancy off yesterday and told her say hello from all us. Things are moving along here. The moving company was here on Wednesday and looks like they will be packing and moving us sometime between July 16-18. Then we will drive up to Wakanda and not have unpacked a thing!!! Believe it or not Kirk is almost done with his sermon. He is hoping to have it done before dinner tonight. No last all-nighter!!!! We miss you all and can’t wait to hear all your stories in person.love,
jen

29 Jun 2007
Pearson
Hey!I just have one important thing to say…hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!! love,
P

29 Jun 2007
Emery
Hi!It is 12:53pm on Friday. Your stories were great. I can’t wait to see you again. I can’t wait to hear the rest of your stories! I am doing good.

29 Jun 2007
Jane S.
I’m loving all the wonderful pictures and the narrative. The trip looks like great fun.

28 Jun 2007
Ellen
Hello people of the Grand Canyon! I wish I was there with ya’ll.I looked at the pictures, they’er so awsome! James says Sarah must be really big to fit in 4 states:] I miss you people. THings here are good to though. Have a good 2 more weeks! BBBBBBBBYYYYYYYYEEEEEEE

26 Jun 2007
Regina
Boy, the pictures are just beautiful. I can tell I never would have been able to manage with all four kids by myself and with Samuel in a back pack I don’t think I could have kept up even if I had the ability to hike like that! Even though I am very sad we are not with you I am glad we are not holding you up either 🙂 Truly a family vacation you won’t soon forget!

25 Jun 2007
Courtney
Sounds like you guys are having a great time!! All the awesome hiking and beautiful sights make me wish I was there! love and miss you all!!

24 Jun 2007
sheri keys
Cautious Sheri just wanted to make sure that before the kids play in the rocks PLEASE check for snakes!!!! I am sure you are I just had to stay something about it. Be safe, drink lots of water and keep the pictures coming.
Sheri

24 Jun 2007
Jen Miller
Hi all!Love that picture of John all worn out! That’s what Em looked like yesterday after walking 23 MILES! at the Relay for Life. I had to drag him off the track! He was shooting for the marathon but was just too worn out! Your pictures are truly amazing and I will gladly sit through as many hours as it takes to see them all! It makes me want to plan a trip out west for us in the near future.

24 Jun 2007
Dawn
I love these updates…this is so cool! Absolutely beautiful. I’m tired just reading about hiking in 100 degree heat! Please keep sending the blog.

24 Jun 2007
Cindy Lieto
I love the pictures with the waterfall. Ellie, I look forward to reading your comments about your trip everyday. Are you camping out @ night or staying in a hotel?Love,
Grandma Cindy

23 Jun 2007
sheri keys
Great Job Driving!!!! I would have parked the car. The pictures are fantastic. (of course). Let us know when the cayo’s arrive so we know they are safe and you are all together.
Sheri

22 Jun 2007
Dawn
Soooo beautiful! Looks like you’re all having a blast. Keep the e-mails and pictures coming.Thanks for sharing!
Dawn

22 Jun 2007
Ms. Regina
Looks like it is totally beautiful! Great bubble Sarah T! Fear is okay…..would not want to lose a child over any large rocks or cliffs on this trip (or any trip).

22 Jun 2007
Jen Miller
Hey Kleins!Your messages are coming through just fine! Love the pictures! Hope that bubble didn’t get stuck in your hair Sarah!! We are off to Relay for Life today. See you all when you return! love,
jen

22 Jun 2007
Cindy Lieto
The pictures are awesome! Keep them coming. Enjoy yourselves and be safe!
Grandma Cindy

22 Jun 2007
Auntie
Great pics!!! Yes, you can see the ‘fear’ in your eyes Mimi! What a fun way to keep everyone updated on your trip.

22 Jun 2007
Mo
How does this work”!!!

22 Jun 2007
18 Oct 2011 – start of travelblog

posted Saturday July 2007