Thursday, June 10, 2010

The "Ain't Nothing Wrong With Freedom, Man" Trip across America, in pictures

The day of departure. A confused and somewhat disgruntled Lola (above) in our empty and cleaned apartment.

On the road in Pennsylvania.

Crossing the Mississippi. Wish we could have spent more time in this Illinois/Iowa area, it was adorable.

One of many gas station stops in Iowa. J posing with the real star of the show: the truck.

Corn Palace!

You know you love it.

My love affair with corn continues.

And we're back on the road...

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.)

Somewhere in South Dakota.

Near the entrance to Badlands

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).

Me contemplating the meaning of life.

Sunset at Badlands. This photo didn't do the sky justice at all; the pinks and purples were amazing in person.

On our way out of the park.

Our trusty steed on a summit.

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.

Me casually hanging out at Mount Rushmore.

Attempting to outdo the spectacle of Devil's Tower.

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.

Somewhere in Wyoming.

J much too excited about his $1 cashout from the penny slots at Boomtown Resort & Casino in Nevada.

The next morning at Denny's in Boomtown, perusing the surfeit of gastronomic delights on the menu.

Twelve more miles past Boomtown and we finally crossed the state line.


paisley penguin said...

Loved the photo of Lola in the wind. The corn hat is well...corny. Had to be said. Loved the pics!

Tami said...

That corn hat is awesome. All I can say is....bienvenue ma cherie!

lawschoolwife said...

1. You make a cross-country move look FUN!
2. Lola pictures=best thing I've seen on the internet all day.
3. I never knew what the Badlands were and never bothered to look it up. Um, I was missing out! That is an incredible sight.

laura @ so alaurable said...

1. I didn't know what the Badlands were, either. Looks amazing!
2. Mt. Rushmore is different than I pictured. I guess I thought you weren't that close to it.
3. Love Lola! We have a poodle, too. They are the best dogs!

Jessica @ Acting Adult said...

Wow, what great pics! You guys look like you had a blast. :)

Chelsa Bea said...

Your trip looks amazing. So glad you and J made it back to Cali safe and sound.

Gooberpea said...

You have a POODLE!!!!
I grew up with them.... my mom has 5 right now (about 4 too many for me) but they are such sweet dogs!!

What a move. I love the pictures!!!!

Mandy's Life After 30 said...

That was amazingly funny, candid and beautiful! I want that corn hat! I'd love to walk through Wal-Mart for fun on a Saturday night with something like that! :-) Great photos and very nice descriptions capturing the highlights of your trip! Loved it!

Carolyn said...

Aww I love little Lola!!! I miss my own Lola so much. Glad you're in Cali now, and I LOVE CORN, TOO!! Hopefully I'll be on the west coast soon and we can reunion!

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