Our cross country travels feel like a lifetime ago, even though it has only been six months since we left Washington, DC. Our journey took us though fourteen states (if I counted correctly), and gave us the opportunity to see so much of the country.
Our first stop, after visiting family, was Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Taliesin is just outside of Madison near the Lowery Creek. We arrived at the visitor's center a bit before our tour so that we could enjoy the landscape and peruse the gift shop. Frank Lloyd Wright built this house for his mistress, Mamah Borthwick. The house, although beautiful, is in constant need of restoration. Completely worth the visit. We had both recently read Loving Frank by Nancy Horan. If you haven't read this book, pick it up!
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Our next stop was Mt. Rushmore and the Badlands in South Dakota. Of course we also had to make a stop at Wall Drug too.
Between each day of sight seeing, we would drive the next leg of our trip. These days ranged from 6 hours to 13 hours depending on how far we wanted to go.
We stopped at hotels along the way and when possible we stayed with friends. Our little dog accompanied us too which limited our stops. We were lucky to find pet friendly hotels at each location.
Did I mention Lola came with us on almost all of our adventures? She's a trooper! She weathered the travels like a pro. Most parks allow you to bring a dog with you in the car but forbid visitors from hiking with their animal. Of course this makes perfect sense when the temperature is over 100 degrees and there is wildlife roaming about. Don't worry—we NEVER left Lola alone in the car. One of us always stayed with her with the air on so that she would be safe.
Of course we immediately took a trip to Lake Tahoe during our first weekend here. The views are spectacular and so are the hiking trails! But more on that later.