the day the hail came.

on the second day of our road trip across the country, [J] & I headed from south dakota to wyoming. destination: devils tower. 

just seeing it off in the distance made us excited to be spending our overnight there.

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

we got there just in time to set up our campsite ..

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

and then a storm rolled in ..

a hail storm!

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

so we watched from inside our tent. with a couple of beers.

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

once it stopped, it was dinner [& s’mores time].

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

the next morning, we went for a hike around the base.

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

the native american myth of how devils tower came to be.

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

the biggest lesson [J] & I learned on our trip: regardless of how “boring” the rest of the country thinks a state is ..it’s guaranteed to be gorgeous. being from iowa, you’d think I would know that. there is so much beauty in this country!

next stop: montana!

___________________

happy monday all.

[J] & I are headed to the iowa state fair today. it’s only my second time ever. and I’m probably guaranteed to eat 25+ fried/on-a-stick items.

Signature3bb

while in south dakota.

to say [J] & I were camera-happy during our trip would be an understatement of the yearwe went a little crazy. so narrowing down the photos & stories to share has proven to be quite the process. I “intended” to show our first three stops in one post – let’s just say that’s not quite feasible. [unless I want this to become the world’s largest blog post]. so I’m just going to do a couple more recaps than I anticipated. hope that’s ok.

______________

the first day of our trip ..we got up bright & early. and were off to south dakota. 

our first stop the {corn palace}. the world’s only in fact, imagine that. 

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

the facade of the building is decorated entirely in corn murals. and the designs change each year.

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

[I am wearing a tee shirt that says: IOWA 75% vowels, 100% awesome. thank you, thank you {RAYGUN}].

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

our “thing” was to get a pressed-penny [above] & a postcard at each of our stops along the way.

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

if you’re driving through south dakota [which I’ll venture to guess many of you have not] ..you’ll see signs for {WALL DRUG} every where. through the entire state. the most popular signs: “free ice water” or “5 cent coffee”. but [J] & I’s favorite: “YOLO WALL DRUG”. we knew we had to stop.

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

obviously for our free ice water.

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

and our pressed-penny & postcard.

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

then we drove through the {badlands}. while we listened to ‘fly over states’ by jason aldean. [if you’ve never heard it, listen to it {here}].

we declared it our trip’s theme song.

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

say ‘hello’ to the massive bug that flew through our open window, and made itself at home in our cup holder. I almost crashed our car when it started buzzing around. thankfully [J] was on top of his bug-catching game.

our first night we set up our tent at a campsite near mount rushmore.

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

there were beers involved in the tent-pitching process.

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

after our tent home for the night was set up ..we went to {mount rushmore}.

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

we’re sorry mount rushmore ..we didn’t see the “stay on the trail” signs & did a little “off-roading”. only for a second. 

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

or better, long enough to run into these two ..

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

I now know why you should stay on the trails. these two were fearless. and came so close.

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

after snapping a picture for proof. and [J] snapping of one of me. I ran!

while in south dakota // LLinaBC.com

just in time to see the nightly lighting ceremony.

it was amazing.

_____________

that was only DAY ONE. only fifteen more to share!

tomorrow {the thread affect} & I are reviewing our july {book club read}.

and on friday ..I’m doing a special edition of the week in photos. 

you won’t want to miss it.

happy wednesday all.

Signature3bb

#LLontheBIGroad.

we are back home.

safe & sound.

thankfully it was a very uneventful ten hours, from colorado back to iowa. I kept my “passenger seat driving” to a minimum. and read july’s {book club read} from start to finish. it was amazing. but more on my thoughts of the book on thursday. [for the book club review. & the reveal of august’s book]. 

as absolutely incredible as our trip was ..I was so happy to sink into our bed, and get a great night sleep under our own roof. for the first time in sixteen days.

as for the trip ..

I will be sharing a portion every wednesday in august.

starting tomorrow!

with a couple fun stories along the way.

#LLontheBIGroad // LLinaBC.com

see you tomorrow for the first installment of the trip!

have an amazing tuesday.

Signature3bb