Where in the World: The Sunshine State

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The frozen Missouri, right before the snowfall

Did you know The Sunshine State was a nickname for the state of South Dakota? Ha, yeah, me neither! I swear, I’m not still hopped up on cold medicine. Well, I am, but it’s true! The state is also known as the Mount Rushmore State because well, Mount Rushmore is out to the West in the Black Hills, not in North Dakota as some think. So, you also got a history lesson today! To be honest, it should be called the “Blustery Windy State”. When that wind blows across the flat prairie (and it’s usually blowing) the chill goes straight to your bones. I’m getting cold just thinking about it! 

Ok where am I going with this? I wanted to share some shots from our Christmas trip. All in all, the state is really beautiful. My husband grew up near the Missouri River, which on this particular below freezing day, (It was maybe 3 degrees?) we went driving looking for the wild Bald Eagles that have taken over the area by the river. There may have also been Bubba kegs filled with drink concoctions, but I cannot confirm nor deny that part of the trip!

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The little mountainy guys around the river are called “Bluffs”. Pretty, yes?

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We found the Eagles. They are quite majestic. 

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Even more so in flight…

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An amazing shot as the moon was rising. 

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And, I’ve never ever seen a sunset quite like the ones in South Dakota. 

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All smiles on Christmas Eve! And, sequin leggings were a must!

We both had a lovely time out West, and I know my husband would love more than anything to be close to his family. I think most of us that don’t have family just down the road feel that way. 

We’ll get back to regularly scheduled fashion and beauty blogging here soon, I promise! I’ll also share the beautiful winter photos from our trip, probably my one and only shot at seeing snow this year. 40+ degrees in DC isn’t going to give me my Snowmageddoon anytime in the near future. I definitely need to live where it snows for part of the year! Fingers crossed for snow sometime soon! 

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