Well, we left the Albany apartment on April 30th and went to stay in Middleburgh. The next day, we all went on a hike up Vroman's Nose (apologies to anyone who knows how that is actually supposed to be spelled). Here is a what happens when you try to take a picture of Chris and the dogs.
After the hike, we went back to Chris' parent's house and played in the yard for a while. Here is Ursa looking pretty while she was playing with Rocky.
Say it with me in the Ursa voice everyone: "I'm pretty! Chris, look how pretty I am! Chris, I am so pretty, look!!"
We finally got the dogs to play tug of war together. Ursa didn't let Kendall win, but I think she eventually just got sick of playing with him and gave up. That little dog just doesn't like to give up during a tug of war! You'll notice in the background all the stuffing on the ground, before the tug of war, Kendall decimated a little stuffy toy as only he can do.
I don't remember what event at the Beer Olympics this is called, but Chris said instead of pails next time, maybe you guys could use dogs. Kendall thinks it is unfair that Ursa gets to go to the Olympics because she is a girl and since he is a boy, he should be the one that gets to go. It does kinda make sense....
So we hung out in the Burgh for another few days, saw lots of friends and family and of course, me being me, didn't take out my camera. Same things goes for when we went to Ogdensburg. Although I can tell you we had a great time and it was so nice to see everyone, I have to pictorial proof to show you all. You'll just have to trust me.
So on Sunday, we got on the road and managed to get all the way to Toledo, Ohio. The only thing in Toledo was a nasty old lady at the Motel 6 who yelled at us because the dogs were barking. We decided not to stay at Motel 6 anymore. Highlight of Toledo...having breakfast at Waffle House on Monday morning.
On Monday night, we managed to make it all the way Tomah, Wisconsin. We drove through Chicago and saw the Sears Tower and Wrigley Field.
Once we got outside the city, Chris said "Why don't we stop at Arby's for lunch?'"
I said, "okay, why not." Yeah, well the why not was because we both got food poisoning and I spent all night (and I mean ALL NIGHT) in the ladies room. Seriously, at about 3am I gave up and just tried to go to sleep in there. By the next morning, I was felling better, the evil had stopped, but Chris was still sick. We drove, well actually Chris drove and I slept all the way to Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Sioux Falls looks like it might be a really cute little town to go explore, but there was no exploration to be had. I crawled into bed as soon as we got there and didn't really crawl back out until 6am the next morning. Chris was still feeling sick, but he had dinner and went to bed early too. We woke up the next morning feeling MUCH better and got on the road for our first real day of exploring.
Wednesday was full of stops. First was the Corn Palace, seriously corny fun, get it corny..HaHa! Don't ask why I am holding a stapler, it is a long story.
Next we stopped at the Badlands Petrified Rock Garden, very interesting and worth the $5!
And then, we went to the Badlands!!!!! It was amazing and we had such a good time.
They call these the yellow hills, I think. Breathtaking!
And we saw LOTS of animals...there were prairie dogs:
And buffalo, Oh the buffalo!
This one was actually hanging around inside one of the parking areas they have to pull over and see some "scenic view." Just walking around the parking lot, it was wacky!
Then, we got stuck waiting at an impromptu buffalo crossing.
This is Chris' face after seeing all the buffalo...I like to call it his "buffalo twinkle." He was so happy.
We stayed in Gillette, Wyoming on Wednesday night after stopping to have dinner in Sturgis, South Dakota.
Thursday we drove through the Rockies and they were huge!
And then, on Thursday, we saw this sign!
We stayed in Idaho Falls on Thursday and then woke up and drove to Mountain Home, Idaho so Chris could get his motorcycle. Then we drove to the new apartment and ran a bazillion errands. And that is the story of our trip!
Chris' first few days at work have gone really well. He likes it and has made some friends. The dogs are still getting used to the new place. The sliding glass doors continue to be a challenge for them because there are a lot of free roaming cats in the neighborhood; Kendall ran right into the doors three times already this morning. I am looking for a job, doing a lot of online applications and yesterday, I went to City Hall to get my "massagist permit," how dirty does that sound?? Well, that's about it for now, new post soon, I promise!