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Howdy, folks! Well, this is
it. The last hurrah whilst Megan and I are single.
Unfortunately, Southwest's fares have more than doubled from our usual
$60 round-trip flights, significantly reducing the number of cheap
mini-trips that we had been taking, and in turn reducing the number of
free flights we earn. Plus, BG&E is increasing rates by 15%, gas
prices are ridiculous, rent is skyrocketing, the feds are hiking the
interest rate, and I'm trying to afford a car, house, and
honeymoon. So, this is it for a while - we better make it count!
And we sure will! We'll both be travelling to two new states
(North Dakota and South Dakota), as well as Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska,
and perhaps Montana. As you can tell, this trip will be primarily
composed of long drives across the western states, but we will be able
to see some pretty cool places, like Devil's Tower, Rocky Mountain
National Park, and Mount Rushmore. By the way, we planned this
trip a long time ago, and it wasn't until recently that we realized that
we were going to Mount Rushmore, a major symbol of the United States, on
a long summer holiday weekend that is all about patriotism. I'm
sure there won't be ANY crowds...
All times are local to
the particular city. The entire trip is in Mountain Time - 2 hours
behind Eastern Standard Time. If you can't do that math and you
live on the east coast, we've included EST in [brackets]. Note:
All links open in a new window.
For as much driving we did the previous two days, we will be doing just as much sightseeing today. We'll start off driving into Badlands National Park  and meandering on the roads from the East side  to the South side . We'll probably spend a few hours hiking before we drive over to Rapid City and down to Mt. Rushmore , arriving around 3 in the afternoon. The place is sure to be absolutely packed, so we probably won't spend a whole lot of time there - just enough to get our pictures taken. If we can get out of there in a reasonable amount of time, we might even be able to take a quick tour of Wind Cave  - we'll just have to watch out for rogue Myrmidex drones (only Kelly will get this joke). After that, we "only" drive 3 hours South to Scottsbluff, Nebraska . Perhaps that means nothing to you, but for Ryan and a few others, it means a bunch. When he was a kid, he filmed "movies" with Kelly, Joey, and Jeremy. The location? Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Of course, then it was all in our heads, but now it's the real deal!
Monday, July 3:
So what exactly is in Scottsbluff, Nebraska? Who knows, but I'm sure we'll find out today! There is a monument called Scotts Bluff , which might be interesting, but I somehow doubt it. Maybe Josh Edwards, Bill Ding, Kelly Dover or Tommy Dover could shed some light on what there is to do here (Ha! Another inside joke!). The real crux of our activities today lies just outside Denver at a place called Rocky Mountain National Park . That should give us some fun now (oh boy!). From there, we will head on down to South Park  - yes, the real South Park, Colorado. There is nothing to do here, either, and very little commercialism for the show of the same name, but it's still an accomplishment to be there! If we have any time left, we will check out Pike's Peak , but I have a feeling it will be too late (our current schedule shows us arriving at 11pm). We'll be spending the night in very nearby Colorado Springs .
Tuesday, July 4:
Whip out those fireworks, boys and girls! It's time to celebrate the birth of our nation with loud explosions! If we wake up early enough, we can check out Garden of the Gods , which was recommended by my manager. Hmm... My manager recommending something to do with gods... I wonder if there is a correlation. Meanwhile, my direct boss recommended anything to do with devils, like Devil's Tower. I'll just leave that alone for now. ::ahem:: Anyway, we need to be back in Denver by later that morning because we have a non-stop flight home at 11:25am . We had two options here: Take this non-stop flight, or take a much later flight with a stopover in Chicago. It probably would have been pretty cool to see a bunch of fireworks displays from the air, but we decided against it, in favor of getting home faster. So what are our plans for the evening? We don't know yet! Originally, we were going to head to D.C. to see the fireworks (again), but we might just go to Ryan's parents' to set off our own. Whatever the case, that is the end of our trip! Finally!
As before, these are some links where you "might" be able to track our flight. With all of these sites, be sure to hit refresh (F5) and click "Retry" as applicable to view the latest information.
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