When we left we planned on going to Chicago for a little, but quickly changed our minds as we usually do about big cities and just drove through. The drive through Illinois was a bit annoying because they had a lot of construction going on. We decided to take the GPS off toll roads and it took us on a different route that only took a couple minutes longer. Instead of going through Wisconsin, we went through Iowa.
We ended up having to stop again in Minnesota. It had turned dark and we were driving on this desolate road. We were contemplating sleeping in the car, but I didn’t think it was the best idea. At one point we stopped at a rest stop and talked to the security guard. He said it was okay to sleep there for 8 hours, but I still didn’t feel comfortable and I don’t think Finnley was ready to stop driving yet anyways. Finnley also talked to this nice trucker because he was wearing a regular T-shirt and it was like 30 degrees out. He started asking him questions about driving and deer. The trucker told him he had hit 3 deer that day already. He said a cars best bet is to stay behind the truckers on road because they will most likely hit it first and the car will just get some pieces.
At one point Finnley and I went outside to check out a big lake that was on the grounds. There were hundreds of geese hanging out by there honking away and being awkward. When we got close to the water a bazillion gnats came chasing the crap out of Finnley and I. We literally ran all the way back to the lodge before we lost them. It was funny because I would have thought and slightly hoped that it would of been the geese chasing us instead. We decided to go sit where the tent campers can camp. While we were there Finnley spotted a little bunny hopping around someones yard. He was so cute. He had little stick straight up ears and was very little. I watched him hop around in the grasses for a while until he hopped away into the bushes.
The next morning we woke up around 9am to try and get an early start to the memorial. When we went to check out the office was closed so we had to wait a couple minutes until someone arrived. We attempted going to the lake again and luckily this time there were no crazy gnats. We just looked at the water and geese, but I was freezing my butt off. We got on the road, but had to get breakfast first. We stopped at a Sonics and got some breakfast burritos.
As we were leaving we stopped by a cafe inside the main building. Finnley got a Mount Rushmore soda and I got a hot chocolate. I made fun of Finnley for his choice, but it turned out to be a pretty tasty soda. So we were off now to Yellowstone, not quite sure where we were going, but going either way.
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