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We’ve Got Plans!

Days of the Dead was good this past weekend. I love checking out the other conventions, but of course my heart will always belong to ScareFest. We’re the best, that’s why. Things have been hectic around the Kirkland Compound the last couple of weeks, but I have managed to find time work in some vacation planning.

We had it narrowed down to three-quarters of the country. Not bad… New OrleansThe deep south is just too damn hot this time of year, so NOLA is a no-go.

Niagara FallsNiagara Falls was a close second, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Eventually maybe, but not now. At least not until that giant baby starts wearing Little Swimmers.

So, from the get-go I’ve had my sights on South Dakota.

Mount Rushmore

Wait….

Mount Rushmore

That’s better. From my weeks hours of research, I’ve learned all there is to know about visiting South Dakota. Or, at least all I need to know. The Black Hills, Badlands, Deadwood, Mount Rushmore. Scenery. Wildlife. Photo ops. Wild Bill. Calamity Jane. Gambling. Gold mining. There seems to be something for all of us here.

Thank God for the AAA Trip Tik. I freaking love this handy little tool. The annual membership is well worth using this to plan your road trips. You enter your start and end locations and, POOF!, the map appears with the route. The kicker? You can click on the route and drag it to a different road/via point/etc. Since it defaults to the Interstate (aka The Devil’s Way) I always help it out a little and pick the more scenic back roads (aka Path to Nirvana). Then, you can search along your route for lodging, attractions, gas or whatever you believe necessary. Okay, do you get that I love AAA?

When doing road trips, I like to make a big ol’ circle around the area. I don’t like coming back the same way. You can double your sightseeing pleasure with this tactic. Here’s the “agenda” and I use it very loosely:

Chicago Deep Dish> Wisconsin Cheese> Minnesota (because it sits between WI and North Dakota)> North Dakota (because you can’t see one Dakota without seeing the other)> South Dakota> Iowa for catch-up time with friends> Missouri (Smokin’ Guns BBQ and Lambert’s Throwed Rolls)> The Compound.

When you see it all down in writing, our travels really seem to revolve around food. So be it! Eat well, travel often!

Oh, and MDI’s feelings will be hurt if I forget to thank him for naming┬áthe blog. So, thank you Donnie.

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