Mt. Rushmore did not allow dogs to go beyond the parking lot area, so Kolachi enjoyed the comfort of the air-conditioned minivan (that remote carstarter has been worth every penny!) whilst the rest of the family explored. Justin was in no mood to smile at the camera- so I just rolled with it. I really like the results, though...
The kids managed to walk the entire Presidential trail, and enjoyed the view from many angles. Alex really liked scrambling up this giant granite boulder at the end of the path. While she was doing this, Dave and Justin were resting on a bench, where my son entertained passers-by with his observations and questions: "Those guys- those faces- they're not bears." "Are those guys dead?" "How did they get IN there?"
A family shot at Mt. Rushmore.
How could we resist? I ran in and made sure that they would allow dogs on the patio (Kolachi had had a LOT of air-conditioned minivan-crate time already today). When they agreed, we unloaded the kids, loaded up their plates at the Nepalese/Indian buffet, and tucked in!
To Reptile Gardens. This is yet another dog-friendly venue. As you may have noticed in the last few blog entries, Kolachi has a special "Please Pet- Therapy Dog in Training" patch on her bandanna. She sure got a LOT of practice today. She was such a well-behaved girl that she even got to sit in on the alligator show. We ended up sneaking out early because a GSD trying to catch flies is a little distracting when people behind you are trying to watch a show. She was just attempting to keep busy.