Enjoyed spending the day at Rock Creek with one of the best couples of all time!
And of course the day has to end at “The Corner Bar”. The “one more drink” is never a good idea … but then no great story started with a salad!
Limited internet and having too much fun with friends results in shorter time to blog!
I will fill more in later but some pictures and video from Day 5
Mount Rushmore – Black Hills – Deadwood
I totally forgot about my Monday morning call with a group from London … but glad I remembered it … just in time!
So a little later-than-planned start, but I was on my way to an old ultra-running friend’s place in South Dakota with a jet-fueled gas station ☕️ in hand. I’ll let my readers guess who they mystery friend could be and I will give away the name later on in the post, or tomorrow. 🏃♂️
So …. I do weird things on solo road trips.
News Alert: This blog post is on the longer side because who knew so much could happen on a 10-hour drive between Utah, Wyoming and South Dakota! Well, allow me to share.
In Good Company
In 2019 when I took my first #SoloRoadTrip it was Oprah’s “Super Soul Sunday” Podcast that kept me fulfilled during my travels. I listened to episode after episode, and was eating up all of the “rah-rah, build your confidence, live your best life” blah blah on the airways. I frickin’ loved it!
This trip the Podcast that is keeping me going is Smartless …. OMGosh it’s laugh-out-loud, pee my pants, so f’en hilarious! Jason Bateman is SO funny. I love the connection to Canada with Will Arnett. And I feel like Sean Hayes pulls out the sarcastic humor that catches you off guard in a good way. Check it out. It cracks me up!
Complete Podcast Playlist:
And now … Random Photos From The Trip ….
Continental Divide & Fences
For those that used to watch “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” … remember the 3 Lifelines that the person had?! Yeah, well, I had to use the “Phone a Friend” today when I kept seeing the Continental Divide signs driving through Wyoming. Except I left my Dad and Sister and video recording (sort of the upgraded version of “phone a friend”). Thanks, Dad for being my source of all knowledge!
But here is another riddle and I need to use the “Poll the Audience” lifeline.
Can someone please tell me what these fences are, and why are they everyone along the Wyoming backroads?? I look forward to someone helping me solve the mystery! “Thanks in advance!”
For My Sister … Inside Joke
This video is for my Dad and all of the Oiler fans out there. This is the video I had to turn around for because the sign caught my eye. Thank goodness it didn’t also say “Home of Champions”. LOL
Entering South Dakota
The landscape changed as I was welcomed into South Dakota and I easily found my way to Mike’s place … in time to have a glass of wine (or three, sorry, Mike … I pushed you off the wagon!) … We have a good chit chat w/ Ron about days on the farm … and then enjoyed a delicious meal while we reminisced about the crazy ultra-running days (and yes, all of the old running peeps – we totally talked about you – Claire, Scott, Moselle, Leigh, Frank, Christine, Jon, Jane .. and of course, the crew support team of Rob and Kristin). ha ha!
Grateful for …
And the mystery friend is revealed. Thanks, Mike!!
And for those that might be wondering … this is the look of a LONG day folks … not the wine!
Elon Musk said it best. All we need is love.
Ha! He might have gotten it from the Beatles but I figure if Elon Musk knows it to be true, then it must be. ❤️
Today’s writing topic is about love. But more so, how we can invest in love.
If we approach the day, and the people in it, with love, then we have a 1000% better shot at feeling good about ourselves, making others feel welcome and appreciated, and are in charge of creating more positivity and change for good in the world.
All because we simply invest in love ❤️.
Love is an investment. Not of money but something way more precious – our heart — our soul — and our time.
Some would tell you to be careful with how you give love away. I say the opposite. Give it away with reckless abandon. The world could use more love.
Today’s writing topic is around friendships and those relationships that are meaningful to you and why.
But it’s also about what type of friend you are being, or want to be.
It’s true the people come into our life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. And often there isn’t much we can do regarding the outcome. But we can always be conscious of those we have in our lives and how we are showing up for them.
Some questions to consider as you take a moment to reflect and write:
Lastly, and you can consider this happy homework. Reach out to a friend and tell them how much they mean to you. It can be a text or better yet a phone call. It doesn’t have to be long or complicated. Just a simple random act of friendship.