*This is NOT a petting zoo...🚫 Every year, dozens of tourists learn the hard way how serious personal space is to our wildlife.🤕 Bison are notorious for aggressively attacking visitors who get too close. The attacks are ALWAYS defensive, and Park Rangers encourage visitors to keep a distance of at least 25-30 yards. So don’t end up on the wrong end on an Bison y’all. Take them selfies from a distance 🦌😅🤳@travl.mor
WHEEEEWW 😝 Whoever smelt it dealt it don’t fly when in Yellowstone. 1000% the real natural gas on this one 😅
If you've ever visited the steam vents of Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful or any of the other geysers at Yellowstone National Park... you've likely come away with two reactions... 😳🤢 That noxious smell is because of the small amounts of hydrogen sulfide gas given off by the geysers and steam vents rising to the surface of the park. Makes for out of this world geographical features.. and the worst smelling earth farts of yo life 🏞💨
You might not be able to tell from her expression in this picture... but Yellowstone stole her heart ❤️
Is this what the highway to Heaven looks like??? I sure hope so! 😇🙏 Granny Jo was in complete awe of the views from I-14 on the way to Yellowstone 😍🏔 She even said herself that it is what she imagined heaven would look like. 🏞
This trip with her was such a blessing, and this is one of my favorite shots from it. Rest easy GJO !🙏
Sorry y’all... life got in the way again🤷♂️ Gonna try to get back to regular posting again.. but not making any promises 😅
The next stop on Granny Jo’s bucket list after Mt. Rushmore was the Crazy Horse Memorial just down the highway... The Crazy Horse Memorial is a mountain monument under construction on privately held land in the Black Hills, in Custer County, South Dakota, United States. It will depict the Oglala Lakota warrior, Crazy Horse, riding a horse and pointing into the distance.
The monument has been in progress since 1948 and is far from completion. If completed as designed, it would become the world's second tallest sculpture, after the Statue of Unity. 😳
The national monument at Mount Rushmore is full of little museums and interactive exhibits..
.South Dakota historian Doane Robinson is credited with conceiving the idea of carving the likenesses of famous people into the Black Hills region of South Dakota in order to promote tourism in the region. .
.His initial idea was to sculpt the Needles; however, Gutzon Borglum rejected the Needles because of the poor quality of the granite and strong opposition from American Indian groups. .
.They settled on Mount Rushmore, which also has the advantage of facing southeast for maximum sun exposure. Robinson wanted it to feature American West heroes such as Lewis and Clark, Red Cloud, and Buffalo Bill Cody, but Borglum decided that the sculpture should have broader appeal and chose the four presidents instead.
Senator Peter Norbeck sponsored the project and secured federal funding; construction began in 1927, and the presidents' faces were completed between 1934 and 1939. Gutzon Borglum died in March 1941, and his son Lincoln took over as leader of the construction project. .
.Each president was originally to be depicted from head to waist, but lack of funding forced construction to end on October 31, 1941.
.Today, Mount Rushmore attracts more than two million visitors annually 😳🇺🇸 check back later for more of the adventure @travl.mor
Chillin with the homies 🤘🏽😎🤙
Carved into the Black Hills region of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a massive sculpture featuring 60 foot high granite faces of U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. 🇺🇸
.Pretty amazing spot I probably would have never ventured to if if weren’t for good ol Granny Jo’s bucket list😅
Check back tomorrow for more @travl.mor
Good Morning Mr. President 🇺🇸 For whatever reason, Mt. Rushmore was the top destination on Granny Jo’s bucket list.. She had always wanted to see the artistic and engineering feat of etching our founding fathers into the massive cliffs of granite in person. .
.Her and my grandfather had planned to go there for years, but he passed before they were able to make the trip.
Here she is admiring her favorite presidential hero.. The Great Emancipator. Honest Abe. That tall guy with the big beard and cool hat 🎩.
. .I have a tough time choosing between him and Theodore Roosevelt, but Granny suuure was fond of good ol Mr. Lincoln 😍
.Check back later for more @travl.mor
Note to self... if you are low on food and gas in Eastern Wyoming.. and you pass a gas station... STOP! 😅
Because there is literally only one gas station and diner for a 3 hour stretch of highway 😬
Thankfully our rental went the extra 55 miles on empty and we bareeeelyyy made it to the Longbranch Saloon just in time for granny to take her meds 😳
CLOSE CALL YALL! Check back tomorrow for next stop @travl.mor
Soooo this is Eastern Wyoming... 😍
Storm clouds started rolling out the second we crossed state lines.. but no complaints here with this fire sunset 🔥 🌅
And Granny Jo definitely appreciated these flat plains and rolling hills after driving through the Rockies 🏔😅 Check back tomorrow for more @travl.mor
One MAJOR detail Granny Jo left out when I told her we would be flying to Denver and road tripping through mountains and national parks in 5 different states in 7 days... SHE GETS CAR SICK AND VERTIGO 😬
She toughed it out, but the winding roads with steep cliff faces passing by made our trip through Rocky Mountain National Park quite interesting to say the least 😅
Actually ended up being a blessing in disguise. I’ve done that drive nearly a dozen times, and I’ve never stopped to get out and enjoy the views as often as this trip. Granny Jo was particularly fond of stopping near water with rock outcroppings like this river here. Something about the fresh air flowing off the water always seemed to help calm her and boost us through the next few hours of narrow, winding, sloping roads.
Next stop?? WYOMING! Check back tomorrow @travl.mor
OK y’all... meet my hero, Granny Jo 😁...
.The most selfless, loving, light hearted, fired up, spit-sprayin granny around😅.
. She was a life long teacher, coach, counselor, athlete and adventurer. She walked at least a mile every day and played competitive tennis into her 80’s 😳🙌.
.When she was diagnosed with stage 4 bone and small cell, non-smokers lung cancer.. she was given 2 options:
1)Try out chemo/radiation therapy and risk living final few months in horrible pain for a possibility of prolonging life 6 months to a year...
2) Live out her final 6 months or so away from the hospital with Family and whatever energy God would grant her.
.So grateful she chose the latter! We were given almost a year with her, in good-ish health, positive spirits and spit-firing passion per usual 😇.
. When she made that decision.. the first thing I asked her was, “If you could go anywhere or do anything or see anything you’ve never been able to, what would you pick??” She said she would love to go back to Colorado where she first met my grandfather and see the mountains. She would see the natural wonders of Yellowstone and Old Faithful. She would see Mount Rushmore and the monuments of our founding fathers up close and in person...
.Sooo naturally I booked plane tickets, a rental car and hotel stops at all of em 🤷♂️..
.This was one of our first pullouts to stretch our legs after landing in Colorado. Taking in that fresh Rocky Mountain air and all of Gods glory that comes with it 🏔🙌...
.Check back tomorrow for more of the story @travl.mor
Alright y’all... WE HIT 10k!!! Took a little vacation from social media the past few months. You guys give so much love and support, but I just needed to get away from the gram and reset... MAJOR SHOUTOUT to all who stuck around or joined the travel fam while I went MIA🙏..
.Wanting to get back to regular posting, but didn’t know where to start! Haha I’ve got 50 gigs of iCloud storage to share 😅 Going through all of it, I found some GEMS of my favorite trip ever...
.Bucket list trip with Grandma 😍 Loooong story and so many fun adventures with this lady. Such an inspiration, can’t wait to share more! Check back later @travl.mor
Daydreaming of Hangin 10 @nlandsurfpark
on this rainy Friday 🌊🏄♂️.
.Can you learn to surf in a weekend?? Check out the video edit of my first surf attempt on youtube linked @travl.mor
Cowabunga Y’all 🤙
.Stoked for snowboarding season around the corner, but here in Texas... it’s surfs up year round @nlandsurfpark
🏄♂️ Video of my first surf trip linked in bio 🎬 @travl.mor
The Class 4 Rapids of the Royal Gorge offer some of the best white water and one of the most popular rafting trips in Colorado.
.”On this 1/2 day excursion, you will experience the thrill of maneuvering a raft down the class IV rapids of Sunshine Falls, SledgeHammer, and then watch out at Wall Slammer.
.Excitement abounds in this steep, spectacular canyon, with a fantastic view of North America’s highest suspension bridge.” -Raft Masters.
. Peep the video of our adventures linked on YouTube at @travl.mor