Hi everyone. I hope everyone has had a wonderful week while I was away. The hubby and I had a super trip. We flew in and out of Minneapolis and then drove about 2000 miles in Minnesota, the Dakotas and also a little bit into Montana and Wyoming also. This was not a lounge about vacation, but it was relaxing and we had a lot of fun. We visited 8 National Parks/Monuments, a few state parks as well as some small museums. We did a lot of light hiking and saw some amazing wildlife too.
But more about that in other posts.
Today is the 4th of July, the birthday of the USA, and I thought I would share a few photos from my journey that have to do with the USA. Since it is a big holiday after all.
First of all, this monument in Belle Fourche, a small city in western South Dakota.
The Geographic Center of the Nation was located in Kansas until Alaska and Hawaii became states in 1959. Then it moved further north into South Dakota. The city of Belle Fourche erected this very nice monument to show this.
I like that they also have all 50 state flags flying.
However, the actual center of the nation is located on private property, not here in this little park. But on our way to Belle Fourche, we passed a highway sign that said Geographic Center of the US. There was an arrow that pointed down a gravel road and said it was 8 miles away. We had rented an all wheel drive vehicle, and we were on an adventure, so off we went.
And look what we found.
The actual geographic center of the US.
There were yellow clover blooming in the fields and the air smelled wonderful.
I love the sign also.
Plus we saw some gorgeous prairie views on our way down the road.
There is nothing like these prairies in New Hampshire.
Here's the gravel road that took us to the actual geographic center.
And views of cattle on the range.
And these horses having some lunch.
See the little colt on the left. He was such a shy but also curious guy. For a few minutes he kept running and hiding behind his mom, but then he and mom finally posed for this photo. The other horses really didn't care whether we were there or not.
Wishing all of you who live the US a very happy holiday. And a happy belated Canada Day to those of you who live there. And everyone else, hope you have a great Thursday.
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