Learning to Love Leah

Visiting Mount Rushmore!

Before we left the Dakota’s Ian and I decided that we had to stop at Mount Rushmore. I was driving and Ian kept joking that he saw it and every time I would look it wouldn’t be there. However, when we could finally see George Washington peaking his head through the trees I was got so excited that I screamed and even cried. To believe that so many people sculpted and built this massive rock statue is beyond comprehension. It is truly a wonder of this world. By the time we actually made it to the park it was about dusk (5:30ish) and we pretty much had the place to ourselves.  One of the Park Rangers was kind enough to lend us binoculars so we could see all the fine details of the statue, including sensors placed to track the pressure being placed on the rocks (the most obvious one is on Abraham Lincoln’s hairline). Before we left, we picked up a mug and a magnet and decided that will be our tradition from now on when we visit new places. We both hope to go back someday to spend more time in the area as there is quite a lot to do! I have attached picture from our trip below, I hope you enjoy them! 

P.S. My blog on the Badlands National Park is coming soon!!

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Mount Rushmore website here

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From far away the statue looks quite small (like this) but up close it is definitely much larger!



The statue took many years and needed many workers to be built that they actually made their own baseball team!
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Phone quality picture
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Picture from my Canon camera! Much more clear and detailed!

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Right as we were leaving the park we saw this sweet mother and baby duo right next to the road! Ian got this great picture!

Spring Break in ND and Getting Accepted into Nursing School

For my spring break this year I flew up to North Dakota to help my boyfriend pack up and move back to North Carolina! Before we left we decided to revisit a favorite spot of ours, Theodore Roosevelt National Park. It is definitely a must see if you are ever in the area – there are wild buffalo and horses everywhere! On our road trip home we are also going to stop at Mount Rushmore and drive through the Badlands! Pictures will be coming soon!!

Today I also finally got my acceptance letter into nursing school! After three years of taking NO classes in my major, this moment felt like it would never come. I’m ready to get the ball rolling and finish up these next two years so I can graduate with my BSN!

Check out Theodore Roosevelt National Park here

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We took this on a self timer after we climbed to the top of the mountain!
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Ian using his hiking poles and new backpack
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2016 – much better camera quality!!
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I love buffalo!
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Can you see the man on the mountain?

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