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Great American Road Trip
JadeRose Offline
#1 Posted:
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On Tuesday, I left North West Missouri and drove to Devil's Tower. Then we went through the Black Hills to see Rushmore and down through the Sand hills and Grasslands of North West Nebraska. At 3:00 this morning I set on a bluff that I could see 70 miles in all directions and looked at the stars and watched a storm roll across the prairie. Now I'm home.

I think if more people went out and actually saw this breathtakingly beautiful country of ours instead of fighting about it on the intertubes, the world would be a better place. I talked to a lot of people over the last few days and oddly enough, not once, did I hear anything political. Everyone was too busy enjoying the magnificent bounty that is the United States
dkeage Offline
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JadeRose wrote:
On Tuesday, I left North West Missouri and drove to Devil's Tower. Then we went through the Black Hills to see Rushmore and down through the Sand hills and Grasslands of North West Nebraska. At 3:00 this morning I set on a bluff that I could see 70 miles in all directions and looked at the stars and watched a storm roll across the prairie. Now I'm home.

I think if more people went out and actually saw this breathtakingly beautiful country of ours instead of fighting about it on the intertubes, the world would be a better place. I talked to a lot of people over the last few days and oddly enough, not once, did I hear anything political. Everyone was too busy enjoying the magnificent bounty that is the United States



Took my Mom to Devils Tower and Rushmore last summer. We also hit Sturgis during Bike Week. I wholeheartedly agree with your experience. Applause Beer
delta1 Offline
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I plan to do a road trip to visit some National Parks in AZ, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado before the end of the year. Hope to stay healthy enough to visit all 48 of the contiguous US. I've toured Alaska, visited Hawaii numerous times, and stopped in the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico while on a cruise...
frankj1 Offline
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nice post Jade
Gene363 Offline
#5 Posted:
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Jade goes to church, Amen!
DrafterX Offline
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JadeRose wrote:
On Tuesday, I left North West Missouri and drove to Devil's Tower. Then we went through the Black Hills to see Rushmore and down through the Sand hills and Grasslands of North West Nebraska. At 3:00 this morning I set on a bluff that I could see 70 miles in all directions and looked at the stars and watched a storm roll across the prairie. Now I'm home.

I think if more people went out and actually saw this breathtakingly beautiful country of ours instead of fighting about it on the intertubes, the world would be a better place. I blew a lot of dudes over the last few days and oddly enough, not once, did I hear anything political. Everyone was too busy enjoying the magnificent bounty that is the United States



You must be tired... nice trip tho.. Mellow
JadeRose Offline
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DrafterX wrote:
You must be tired... nice trip tho.. Mellow



Exhausted. But that was the intent. Sadly, I had never seen anything of the West before the last couple of days so I wanted to pack in quite a bit of stuff. We were gonna hit the Bad Lands as well but they are for a different time as it was just too much. Rushmore was cool but it paled compared to the NATURAL beauty of the Black Hills. Breathtaking. If anyone is contemplating going there, stay the hell out of Deadwood. All kinds of construction going on and I'm not sure I've seen a bigger tourist trap. Ugh. We got out as quickly as we could. I DO suggest a burger at the Knuckle in Sturgis and also at the Sugar Shack on rt 385 in the Black Hills. Met a lot of great people and had a lot of great experiences. We are already planning our next trip.
JadeRose Offline
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Gene363 wrote:
Jade goes to church, Amen!



Indeed I did, Brother. When you watch the sun rise on Devil's Tower or look at a big, clear night sky, it makes you realize you are pretty insignificant in the grand scheme of things and that is ok.
deadeyedick Offline
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Yep. That is my kind of church right there. Spent the best days of my life in remote places.
Plowboy221 Offline
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I enjoy when I have the time to stop and check things out, last year I went through Nebraska and the historical markers actually had room for me to pull off with my truck (semi) and look and read things. It was one of my favorite trips. It’s cool to see different things everyday, I can tell you one thing for sure a lot of small town America is dying or gone, it is depressing to go through some areas.
Gene363 Offline
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JadeRose wrote:
Indeed I did, Brother. When you watch the sun rise on Devil's Tower or look at a big, clear night sky, it makes you realize you are pretty insignificant in the grand scheme of things and that is ok.


Yes indeed, in a reassuring and peaceful way.
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dkeage wrote:
Took my Mom to Devils Tower and Rushmore last summer. We also hit Sturgis during Bike Week. I wholeheartedly agree with your experience. Applause Beer

Went to Sturgis during Bike Week a few years ago, saw Rushmore, Crazy Horse, the Badlands, Devil's Tower, fantastic trip, and great motorcycle riding...absolutely recommend it to everyone....Applause
Mr. Jones Offline
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I could use a REALLY LONG ROAD TRIP...

IF I HAD THE MONEY ?

I WOULD DO IT...
BUT...

PROLLY after I get to my second destination I'd see
Agent RIM JOB AND AGENT "TROUT" CLIMBING UP MY AZZ AGAIN CUZ THOSE FBI-SSG PRICKKKS STILL HAVE A MASSIVE VINDICTIVE HARD-ON FOR
MY SORRY INNOCENT AZZ...

THEY JUST CAN'T ACCEPT D.E.F.E.A.T. ...

ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS DELT OUT BY "MR. JONES"
on a silver platter and jammed down their throats
By the TRUMAN GhoST ContiNgency and the gatEkEEpeRs
ouTreAch programmers & G.R.E.M.L.I.N.S.
IN SPADES...

oh well,
I'll just stay at home...

Siiiiiiiggggggghhhhhh!

Bwuhahahahahaha!!!

K.M.L.W.P.J.A. GARY
frankj1 Offline
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DrafterX wrote:
You must be tired... nice trip tho.. Mellow

hope to do it some day...but not Rushmore, eh?
JadeRose Offline
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frankj1 wrote:
hope to do it some day...but not Rushmore, eh?





We saw Rushmore. Didn't really spend much time there. Pulled over, checked it out and took a few pictures. Too crowded and, honestly, not super interested. Don't get me wrong.....it's impressive, but I like the natural beauty way better.
frankj1 Offline
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JadeRose wrote:
We saw Rushmore. Didn't really spend much time there. Pulled over, checked it out and took a few pictures. Too crowded and, honestly, not super interested. Don't get me wrong.....it's impressive, but I like the natural beauty way better.

I never would have known, but not too long ago I think Drafter made me aware of issues for Native Americans, and not just there.
8trackdisco Offline
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JadeRose wrote:
When you watch the sun rise on Devil's Tower or look at a big, clear night sky, it makes you realize you are pretty insignificant in the grand scheme of things and that is ok.


I'm well aware of my insignificance.
frankj1 Offline
#18 Posted:
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must bite tongue...
DrafterX Offline
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Laugh
izonfire Offline
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JadeRose wrote:
On Tuesday, I left North West Missouri and drove to Devil's Tower. Then we went through the Black Hills to see Rushmore and down through the Sand hills and Grasslands of North West Nebraska. At 3:00 this morning I set on a bluff that I could see 70 miles in all directions and looked at the stars and watched a storm roll across the prairie. Now I'm home.

I think if more people went out and actually saw this breathtakingly beautiful country of ours instead of fighting about it on the intertubes, the world would be a better place. I talked to a lot of people over the last few days and oddly enough, not once, did I hear anything political. Everyone was too busy enjoying the magnificent bounty that is the United States


Nice to hear of your escape Jade. Thanks for sharing.

I try to take at least two wilderness trips a year. It's an amazing feeling to be away from all the world's craziness and alone with the wild earth. Nothing else like it. Feels a million light years away...
Moving specifically to get closer to all I want to experience and explore. And spend as much time as I can there.
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