I love the way travel changes you! The things you see, the places, the people, it all has a way of shifting your outlook and making you see things from a new perspective. The shared experiences bring you closer.
Hail to the Chiefs
Some of the most special memories are created when we visit famous sites. That’s partially because these places are famous for a reason and they are almost always awesome!
The other neat (and unexpected) side effect is that big landmarks come up in real life all the time. Scenes of places like Niagra Falls, Stonehenge, or Mount Rushmore come up all the time in movies and tv shows. When they do, the whole family (almost in unison, as if choreographed) says “We’ve been there!”. We love that!
When that happens, the stories start to flow and the whole day can be re-lived. Usually that’s a good thing! Take Mount Rushmore for example. We’ll never forget that place and as soon as we see it in pictures or on a screen, everybody says “remember that Hail?”. Take a look:
That is hail covering the ground. In our neck of the woods, hail is pretty rare. Hail like this is something we had never seen before, nor since!
We drove up to Mount Rushmore (check out the awesome motorhome parking!) and hopped out. We made it just up to see the monument when the skies opened up and started pelleting everyone with this big marble sized hail. It was crazy as hundreds of people ran for cover!
We huddled under a cover for a few minutes. It wasn’t long before we realized that the end was not in sight! So we scurried back to the relative safety of the motorhome, where we were greeted by two very concerned looking Chinese Shar-Pei’s.
I thought the motorhome would be damaged for sure, but it all worked out fine. We goofed around and the kids ran out and grabbed hail to play with!
The Black Hills
The whole area surrounding Mount Rushmore is very beautiful! The opportunities for camping and hiking are endless. If you prefer to stay on the pavement, there are few areas that offer better driving roads. I wish we could have stayed longer!
The amount of time we did spend, which was just enough to let the hail stop falling, was sufficient for the place to clear out completely! After the hail, we were able to explore the Mount Rushmore area with no crowds at all!
Motorhome travel with kids rocks! Here are a couple more pictures:
I hope you’ve enjoyed our little trip down memory lane! Stop by Planet M Files for more Memories!
Remember, if you do go…take the road less traveled!