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Spectacular scenery. Wild animals. Two thirds of the world’s geysers in close proximity. An inspiring tribute to liberty, freedom and the people who sacrifice to preserve freedom.  These are just a few of the wonderful things that my wife, Judy and I experienced during our vacation in September driving through Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Utah.

For years I have wanted to visit Yellowstone National Park and it was great to finally get there.  I was blown away by the number of geysers that we saw!  Here is a one minute clip of my geysers highlights.

Mount Rushmore has also been on my “Bucket List” for years.  We enjoyed walking around the site during the day.

Arthur & Judy Tymos at Mount Rushmore in front of the monument of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln

As it turned out, we were there on the anniversary of the 911 terrorist attacks and as a result there were a few events taking place in addition to the evening lighting of the monument.  There was an excellent speech which the Park Ranger shared on the centrality of freedom and liberty to American history and constitution and we also observed a special tribute to the dozens of past and present military and service people who were in attendance.

All those who served their country were called to the stage and given an opportunity to share their name and the branch of service that they were from.  It was a thoughtful and moving experience and we were grateful to have been a part of the audience that paid tribute to and honoured people who have given of themselves to make a difference in the lives of so many and to protect freedom.

2012 09 11 Military Recognition on 911 Anniversary with Mount Rushmore in Background

Earlier in the day, we also visited the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota which has been in progress since 1948 and will be under construction until at least 2120 or perhaps much later.

Model of Crazy Horse Memorial with work in progress on the mountain in the background

2012 09 11 Crazy Horse Memorial, South Dakota

Over the course of the week we drove 1,574 miles, visited six states, saw dozens of deer, two elk, two buffalo and other wildlife. While portions of the drive were rather open and barren, all in all it was a great trip.

During part of our drive, radio coverage was poor and we sometimes listened to satellite radio,  XM63 The Message, and heard this great quote which I like:

“Too blessed to be stressed.”


Here are two more photos from the trip.

2012 09 13 Elk grazing at Yellowstone National Park

2012 09 13 Orange Spring Mound at Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces, Yellowstone National Park

We ended our trip in Salt Lake City and heard that the Freedoms Foundation, in conjunction with the 360 voice Mormon Tabernacle Choir and full Orchestra, were putting on a concert to celebrate the upcoming Constitution Day.  We wandered over to the Tabernacle, waited for the doors to open and found ourselves with excellent seats in row 7, center.

At the event, we enjoyed great music, listened to speeches on freedom and received a copy of The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States. We pledged our allegiance to the flag and enjoyed 12 musical numbers, including patriotic anthems like the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America, music from the masters with an American theme and music from American history.  The concert ended with the Battle Hymn of the Republic as a grand finale.

2012 09 14 Freedom Foundation Concert with Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra

We sang along, or, I should say, the choir sang along with us on some songs, and it was an entertaining and enjoyable evening.  Their Orchestra and pipe organ were impressive.

By the end of the week, I was beginning to feel so patriotic that I was expecting to be granted honorary American citizenship or something like that.

Along the way, I mixed in a few business meetings and a plant tour of one of our Creation Technologies customers.

It was great to spend the time with Judy and to visit some fascinating places.

Have you been to any of the places we visited?  Are any of them on your Bucket List?

9 Comments to Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore & More…

  1. Kathy Thomson's Gravatar Kathy Thomson
    Nov 12, 2012 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    What a great tribute to all our armed forces heroes Arthur.

    We have been to Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse and Yellowstone.

    I was and still am fascinated with the hot springs. The color of the water was so teal. All the different colors of the stone of the sides of the springs was amazing. It was eerie looking down the springs into what appeared to be an abyss into the center of our earth.

    Great photos and video…thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Rick & Susan Hughes's Gravatar Rick & Susan Hughes
    Nov 12, 2012 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    My wife and I try to get out to the black hills every year, we go to the Sturgis rally.
    We have been to most of the states west of Minnesota, we love the view and the scenery and the people we ride with it is a great time had by all.
    I am glad you got to see some of the sites out there in the west.
    Have a great day and have a wonderful rest of the year.

  3. Alexander Tymos's Gravatar Alexander Tymos
    Nov 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Great scenery. I am glad you were able to see the yellowstone park

  4. Dwayne Bernitt's Gravatar Dwayne Bernitt
    Nov 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Hello Arthur,

    Thanks for paying tribute and recognizing veterans. Sounds like you and Judy had a great trip. Marta and I spent a week in Park City, Utah, the first week of September. We hiked around Mirror Lake, rafted the lower Provo River and fly fished. We were able to witness the Tabernacle Choir practice and were amazed with the acoustics. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Don's Gravatar Don
    Mar 12, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    you know why they call it yellowstone?

    Because Indians used to use it as a bathroom

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