Smith family South Dakota trip

Last month, we met the Smith family in South Dakota for a weeklong vacation. We stayed in the Black Hills—my first time in the southwest corner of the state. My brother-in-law Josh is from Spearfish, and served as a thoughtful guide as we visited Mt. Rushmore, Cave of the Winds and other incredibly gorgeous areas of his home state. Doug has a great photo set online–check it out here


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This might be one of my favorite shots from the entire trip—all eight cousins in a row: 

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The 1880s train was definitely a highlight, especially for Owen…

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This was the moment he realized we were actually on a train. (The caption, obviously, is “Holy shit!”) 

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Thanks, Smiths, for a trip filled with unforgettable firsts!

3 responses to this post.

  1. I love that one of the twins – Hazel? – is doing”bunny ears”! When do you learn that?

  2. Posted by Karyl on August 22, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Is she doing bunny ears, or pointing at something? We had such a great time – looking forward to planning the next destination trip!

  3. Posted by Gramma Great on August 23, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Looks like a great family vacation! Thanks for sharing your memories with us.

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