The day of departure. A confused and somewhat disgruntled Lola (above) in our empty and cleaned apartment.
Crossing the Mississippi. Wish we could have spent more time in this Illinois/Iowa area, it was adorable.
Lola really not liking this whole roadtrip thing. (During most of the trip she had her head shoved down between two seat cushions in an attempt to make it all stop.)
Setting up camp at Badlands. It was very windy, as evidenced by Lola's ears (above) and J's frustration at getting the tent up (below).
Sunset at Badlands. This photo didn't do the sky justice at all; the pinks and purples were amazing in person.
Oh yes, did I mention we saw buffalo? BUFFALO, people! We pulled over when we saw this beaut, who ignored us as he ate grass.
We came upon a soft rock face carved with hundreds of initials as we hiked up around the base of Devil's Tower. Some dated back to the '60s and '70s (my favorite: "Chad + Sarah, 1978"). J decided to deface government property and add our initials to the mix.