Tuesday, June 6, 2017

T Stands for Tuesday and the Badlands (lots of photos)

Happy Tuesday everyone!!  I am joining in with my T friends hosted by Elizabeth. Click on the link in right hand column to take you to the T party where you will meet some amazing artists and awesome bloggers.

    On our drive to Yellowstone Park from Missouri we decided on the way to drive the route that took us through the southern area of South Dakota. If we needed a rest stop there was allot of things to see along the way. We passed up many things as there just wasn't enough time.
    We had stopped to fill up for gas and asked what the scenic route through the Badlands was all about-and someone took out a map and said it was a must see. Our National Park Passes got us in.  This was well worth it-I had never seen such a landscape before, or did I even know what the Badlands was really about. I was looking at things with an artistic eye-and wow so many possibilities. The wool roving I picked up reminded me of these colors.
     This was a nice area to stretch our legs. we climbed up pretty high-amazing views. We spotted a deer that was just standing close by as the people walked right past him. He stood there for us so we took his photo-no zoom-he was right there.
    It was here on our way out we got to see a small gathering of female big horn sheep with one newborn--so adorable. This was one of the animals I really wanted to see.

Do click on photos to enlarge for better viewing

It was just before dark that we made it to Mount Rushmore. I really wanted to drive where the native american on his horse was too but we just ran out of light to go and do that. It also was very very windy up there and started to snow. the second photo was me trying to capture the snow lol

For my beverage this is my desk where I am typing my blog-my box of snacks, my yellowstone mug, and of course I needed to bring back a big bottle of mountain water lol oh and I forgot about my two herb bottles of turmeric extract with black pepper and boswellia to help with joint inflammation of arthritis and help with the pain-it does really make a big difference for me

and this is my photo again of the wool roving I picked up to spin-the browns I also saw in Yellowstone, but this roving really reminded me of the Badlands

Oh and one more thing before I go-I had several of you ask about the bison roving. Yes this is incredibly soft-it is the down that the bison grow for an extra winter layer to keep them warm. come spring and early summer they rub on bushes etc to remove this layer. It is collected by hand so labor intensive. It is too fragile to spin on my hand spindle so I am going to see how it goes on my spinning wheel-and if I still have too much trouble-I am a newbie spinner still-I will blend it with alpaca for ease of spinning. stay tuned for progress lol

and and Happy Wedding Anniversary to my dear husband and I-celebrating 35 years today-wow-I had to look that up too lol


  1. Wonderful photos from your trip, thanks so much for sharing. And you even got snow! I saw a documentary on TV this been about Yellowstone, it was also fantastic. Glad you were able to bring some good things to help your health, too. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  2. Great photos of your stopping off place.

    Happy Anniversary and Happy T Day as well

    Love the idea of having a stash of snacks to hand-that is on my list now

    Hugs Chrissie xx

  3. what wonderful scenery-well, except for the rattlesnakes and snow-ack!! I just want to reach in and feel that roving:) Happy anniversary to you and hubby, and happy T day too!

  4. Happy Anniversary! I so enjoyed visiting South Dakota with you, the Badlands rock formations are so beautiful and aren't the baby Bighorn Sheep cute 😀. The bison roving is so cool, I can't wait to see how your spinning turns out! Wishing you a Happy T Day! J 😊

  5. First and foremost, happy 35th anniversary. What a great achievement.

    AH, the memories that your trip to the Badlands brought back. I'm so glad you got to stop there and see the beauty of it all. The Black Hills are SO beautiful, too. It is a rare spot on earth and the colors of the scenery seem to change around each bend. It's too bad you didn't have a chance to see the Crazy Horse Memorial, but it's an ongoing project that changes from year to year, so I'm sure it's different from when I last saw it in the early 1990s.

    I still love that mug with the map inside. It's a beauty. That souvenir water had me laughing. That is something I would have invested in, too.

    I hope those herbs work with your arthritis. I may have to see about them, but the doctor told me years ago, there was nothing that would help me, since mine was a birth defect.

    Thanks for sharing your trip to the Badlands and the Black Hills/Mt. Rushmore, as well as your mountain water and gorgeous mug with us for T this Tuesday. And happy anniversary, too.

  6. Happy 25th ANniversary! I enjoyed visiting South Dakota with you!
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful photos! Happy T-Day!

  7. happy anniversary and that bison roving sounds good along with the great photos..always makes me laugh the way they call it the Badlands

  8. That's a beautiful deer photo especially knowing how close it was to you.

    Love the Yellowstone cup!

    Happy 35th anniversary and happy T-Day, Kathy! Hugs, Eileen

  9. Thx for sharing those great photos! Looks like a wonderful trip :)

    Happy Anniversary! and Happy T Tuesday :)

  10. Happy anniversary! Badlands is where I live, so I see themevery day. Only we live in a very dry area and there is no green at all.The wool you showed is indeed exactly the colour of the badlands.
    The bison roving sounds very interesting. Keep us updated how you get on with that.
    Happy T-Day,

  11. Thank you for bringing me on that journey with you. I have heard of the Badlands, but that is as far as it went. I appreciated seeing it. Loved the picture of the deer looking at you. And Mt . Rushmore wow! The colors on the wool roving are beautiful. Happy Anniversary and Happy T day!

  12. Happy Anniversary! The scenery is amazing. The deer must be used to people taking his picture and the little lamb was so adorable. I've never been to Mt. Rushmore. Was it as awesome in person as it looks in pictures? Did you get to see the Native American sculpture? Beautiful colrs in the scenery and in your wool. Happy T Day.

  13. We live east of Granada in Spain. If you google 'Badlands Guadix'in Images you will see they look just like the ones you saw. (Guadix is a town near where I live)

  14. Congrats on the 35 years. That is a pretty big milestone.:) And it looks like you had a real adventure. I didn't realize you drove to Yellowstone. That means you saw a lot of the scenery, and I think the Badlands was a great pit stop. Hope we still have more to see. Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

  15. First and foremost Kathy let me say Happy Anniversary!!! That is no easy feat! Hubby and i celebrate 28 years tomorrow!!! Love seeing all your photos... Did you get to go up inside at Mt. Rushmore?? They do let you inside don't they?? I've always wanted to see Mt Rushmore... Do you remember how much it cost to get in?? Love the scenery of the Badlands and i think your roving will be a perfect memory of it.. Driving can be rough but you see so much more.. Hugs! deb

  16. Your Badlands photos are fabulous, Kathy! I really enjoyed seeing them. Love the roving, too. I'm not a huge fan of mugs, but I love, love the map inside yours. Beautiful.

  17. Great photos of South Dakota ! One of my most favorite places to visit. Going on into Custer State Park is a really beautiful drive too.

  18. Don't know why I hit publish then... must be a side effect of the injection I got yesterday or old age LOL! I do love the roving and can't wait to see what you do with it. Happy Anniversary my friend!!!

  19. Stunning photos, Kathy! I've never been to any of these places. I have been abroad twice to great places, and everyone says it's worth going to see such beauty, but I dont think they compare to what we have right here in our own country.


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