Family Vacation & American Girl Denver

We enjoyed a week's vacation in South Dakota and Denver a few weeks ago.  We flew into Denver and then made the six hour drive to Rapid City.  On the way there, the GPS took us through Colorado and Nebraska and on the way back we went the more direct route of Wyoming into Colorado.  We spent about three days in South Dakota and then four days in Denver before returning home.

Bear with me while I show a few of the highlights.  :)
Devils Tower, Wyoming--the first national park!
Mount Rushmore, South Dakota--see those dark clouds?
We got caught in a hail storm!
Dinosaur Park, Rapid City, SD--a WPA project!
The Badlands, SD
Denver Museum of Nature & Science 
Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
Alberta Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park
BTW, it's our 20th anniversary today!
Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park
Manitou Cliff Dwellings, CO
Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO
Garden of the Gods with Pike's Peak in the background
I like to buy artsy postcards for souvenirs.
My daughter's souvenirs minus her junior ranger badges.
My son's souvenirs--we did five junior ranger programs!
We also visited the Journey Museum and Reptile Gardens in Rapid City, Wall Drug, the Minuteman Missile site, Custer State Park, and Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota, Hammond's Candy, IKEA, American Girl, Lego, the US Mint (no photos allowed), the Federal Reserve, and the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum around Denver.

My son wanted to go to the Lego store and American Girl is at the same location in Denver, so we had to go there too!  It's a pretty small shop, but they had a decent selection of things.  I found the layout a bit odd and the checkout was not where I expected it to be, but I got what I went in for, so that's okay.  It was not busy at all when we went.  Here are my American Girl souvenirs.
I always buy the souvenir shirt.  And yes, the neckline does look a bit yellow.
I love pink flamingos, so made this unplanned purchase of Maryellen's Flamingo Swim Outfit.
It is adorable!
This is the Kamratlig heart pillow mini from IKEA, a steal at $.75!
With arms extended, it's about 12" wide.  The heart part is around 4".
I found this Life Science set at Target--haven't seen it in stock since before Christmas.
Even though we've been home for a week, I feel like I still haven't caught up on anything except laundry.  I'm now three weeks behind in the Sewcial Bee Sampler.  I did get my mini made for the B&C mini barn quilt swap; I just have to finish binding it.  I've made close to zero progress on my cross stitch.  I haven't touched the long arm since we've been home although I do have a quilt loaded on it.  My to-do list keeps growing and growing.  I suppose that's a typical summer!

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