Saturday we got up around 7:00 to get breakfast at the hotel. I thought the sign for breakfast serving time was 6:00-8:00...We got there and saw that it was actually 6:00-9:00. Totally could have scored an extra hour of sleep, but oh well. Being up early on vacation is kind of nice. We had some coffee and apple juice and bagels and cereal and pastries. Not too bad.
Then we called and made reservations to tour the Jewel Cave. We decided that first we wanted to go back to Mt. Rushmore since it was MUCH nicer outside and we could actually get some photos and enjoy being there, rather than try to shield ourselves from the vicious wind.
|This was tough to get. Times like these when I wish we had a little point & shoot camera, instead of my DSLR. We made it work, though.|
|Pretty cool. =) It was nice being here on an "off" season day. There was hardly anyone else around so we didn't have to fight a crowd just to walk around.|
|Of course, gotta have the "I'm from this state!" photos. Brian says "I'm from California!"|
|"I'm from South Dakota!"|
|We drove a little around the mountain and there was this cool view from the road.|
|I could never get tired of this view.|
|...Or this one, either.|
I didn't take very many photos inside the cave. It was kind of one of those experiences where a photo just wouldn't have even come CLOSE to showing how massive and awesome this place was. Here are the few I did get:
|Right before the tour guide turned off all the lights in the cave. Complete and total darkness. It was super eerie.|
|Brian said this area looked like the walls were throwing up. Yeah.|
Just as we were pulling out of the parking lot, there were 4 deer just hanging out along the road. They were adorable and I wanted to stay there and take pictures of them all day. =)
|Look at this guy's ear. Is it super funky to anyone else?? Looks like it has 3 ears!|
|It was shaking its head. Hahaha....So cute!!|
|Cute little creek.|
|And then we saw some MORE deer!|
|They just kept eating and eating. I'm surprised they're not fatter. Ha. Just kidding.|
I have some other scenic photos, but this is already heavy with images so I'll just wait til another day with those. Or check facebook, they'll probably end up there eventually.
We got back to Rapid City and had dinner at T.G.I.Fridays. One of my favorite restaurants - I was super happy they had one, since the one in Sioux Falls has been closed since FOREVER, it seems. We ate lots of delicious food and had to take the dessert that came with Brian's meal back to the hotel with us. Vanilla bean cheesecake - Mmmmm! Then we rested at the hotel for a little while before throwing on our swim suits and going down to the pool area to sit in the hot tub. Which lasted about 15 minutes before we both got hot and bored and tired. Ha. Watched Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, took showers, and went to bed.
Saturday was basically a LOT of driving. It was fun, though.
Today....Working on homework/projects. I have the balcony door open and it is the PERFECT temperature right now. Ahhh I love spring!