Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Are you #Mogul? @onMogul #Read #women @tifftpham #YOUAREAMOGUL

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Traditionally, the word "mogul" has been attributed to men. But Tiffany Pham has redefined it--now, when you Google the word, the top search result is the company she founded: Mogul. The platform enables millions of women, across 196 countries, to connect, share information, and access knowledge.
 
So how did a young woman--who arrived in the United States without speaking a word of English--turn a dream of connecting women into a fulfilling career and highly profitable company that has changed so many lives?
 
Tiffany chronicles her path to becoming one of the most successful entrepreneurs of her generation, and offers specific, actionable advice that covers everything from overcoming self-doubt, to pursuing side-hustles, to crushing it at life and work by over-delivering, all while remaining your authentic self. You will learn how to negotiate job promotions, secure and balance multiple career roles, hire and manage teams, and become a mogul yourself. The book also features strategies and insights from ten of the most powerful moguls worldwide, including Nina Garcia, Star Jones, and Rebecca Minkoff.
 
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Friday, September 21, 2018

Ladies Honor Lost Competitor at the #Symetra Tour in #Mongomery #Alabama @Road2LPGA

The Guardian Championship for the Symetra tour is going on this weekend September 20 - 23.


The tournament is being held at the Robert Trent Jones Capital Hill course in Montgomery, Alabama. The 120 players will compete for a purse of $160,000. The winner will win $24,000.  The championship is one of the qualifying tours for the LPGA.
A free event for everyone. It's a great way to follow these incredible athletes. Their golf game is something I can only dream about.

This year started off with a sad note with the death of Celia Barquin Arozamena, who was killed on an Iowa golf course while playing alone. To remember their friend and competitor, players wore Iowa State Caps during their rounds.

For more pictures from the tournament, check out my youtube channel.

Guardian Championship Symetra Tour https://youtu.be/TFJalO7PsLY 


Best of luck to all these wonderful ladies,

Tina


Monday, September 3, 2018

A #CoonHound Resting Place - Labor Day Celebration #Dog #MemoriesMonday




Traveling off the beaten path in northern Alabama near Florence, I discovered a Coon Dog Cemetery and had to stop by for a visit. This unique place was created Sept. 4, 1937 after Key Underwood's legendary coonhound died. Choosing a spot in a popular hunting camp where hunters gather to plan their trips, Key decided his beloved dog Troop would enjoy having his final resting place in this special place.



From this act of love the Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard was born. Other hunters soon decided to do the same, creating a one of kind place for both hunters and their devoted friends.

Check out more about the place at  http://coondogcemetery.com/index.html



To commemorate the beginning of this special place, every year on Labor Day, the cemetery hold a special event where there is music, dancing, food and liar's contest.

As only coon dogs are

For those of you who might know more about this than I do, I have a question.  Why do people leave coins and what-nots on Troop's headstone.



If you'd like to see more pictures visit my youtube video.


https://youtu.be/7oRznWNASiw


Have a wonderful Labor Day,

Tina




Saturday, September 1, 2018

Editing Pacing - Too Fast ... Too Slow... Just Right

For years, I read about pacing, how to make your story come alive by increase the readability of my work.


Shorter sentences and smaller words takes the reader less time to read so the intensity is increased. The problem is to not only learn how to make this happen but to do it in such a way the reader enjoys the ride.

One of the tools I use to help me is "words" readability scale. After doing a spell check, a screen pops up that gives you information about whether or not the writing is easy to read.

Sentence Complexity/Words per sentence(avg.) gives you the length of the sentence. The lower the number, the easier the writing is to read.

"The judgmental narrator subposition infuriated the commando."

Seven words it should be easy.

Wrong

The words you use can make a story difficult to read too.

This is where Flesch Reading Ease and Flesch-Kincaid level can help. These two number can help you see how easy what you've written can be understood.

Learning to use this can help you understand where you maybe losing your readers.

Also, there is a free software program that you can use that gives you a lot of information about your writing.

Try it out at
http://prowritingaid.com/Free-Editing-Software.aspx#






Have an awesome day,

Tina

Thursday, August 30, 2018

One of The Rituals of Mating Rituals by @AuthorTinaGayle #MFRWauthor


How to decide on who should married is only one of the rituals in society. In this story, a battle between the man and woman sets the stage of how they can learn to deal with each other.


 Excerpt -

Palms sweaty—heart steady—battle ready—Marohka reviewed her strategy for the fight. A crowd sat watching her from the observation deck. One of the elders read the rules over the loud speaker. “The person who pins his or her opponent for ten itons . . .”

Her gaze darted to the man standing in the middle of the mating arena. Orange padded walls framed Stihl’s body. Sizewise, he stood over four leg-lengths’ tall, giving him a half of leg advantage. Weightwise, he out matched her by at least a hundred pounds. Yet, neither his size nor his weight worried her. She’d beaten bigger men before at the gym where she worked out.

Bigger, but soft, she amended.

Under his skintight workout suit, she recognized a strong athletic man who worked out regularly. Her stomach churned at his muscle mass. The odds of her winning against a seasoned opponent ground to zero.

A blinding force of reality struck her—she could lose.

Unwilling to accept the possibility, she struggled with a way to win. She had two options, trick him with a fast maneuver or draw blood. Per the rules, any blood spilled disqualified him. Then, if she were lucky, the match over, and she’d be free forever.

She smiled at the reassuring thought. A strangely sweet odor hit her senses. With a quick glance at her target, she caught sight of his mischievous grin. A dimple flashed from the corner of his mouth.

Recognition dawned. Her opponent, none other than the guy by the staircase last night, winked at her. A fleeting notion sped through her head. Does she really want to win?

“Marohka Taunton meet your future mate, Stihl Fermesium,” the formal voice rang from the speakers.

With a nod of greeting, Marohka placed herself under tight control. Every muscle on alert, she waited for the contest to begin. She clenched her teeth to hide the spark of fear vibrating through her nervous system.

“Now after being introduced and read the rules, let’s see a fair fight.”

“Looks like you were wrong. It’s not over.” Stihl grinned.

She shifted into her fighting stance. Knees bent, one foot a step behind the other. She pictured ways to defeat him. “It soon will be.”

Read the 1st chapter at http://www.tinagayle.net/mrchapter.html

or purchase at  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005Q0CGCO/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=tingay-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B005Q0CGCO

Have a great day,

Tina

Monday, August 27, 2018

Simple Marinade for #Seafood or #Pork #recipe



Are you looking for a simple marinade?

Here is one I like to use on both seafood and pork.


1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup apricot jam
pinch of cayenne pepper.

The great thing about this recipe is that you can adjust it easily if you have more or less meat.

The pork takes about an hour to marinade while the seafood can be done in as little as half an hour
I do not throw away the marinade, but use it in the cook process.

First, fry up the meat then add the marinade with a little cornstarch or flour. This makes a nice sauce to go with the dish.

Other items you can add when frying up the meat is vegetables like onions, carrots, peppers,cabbage, etc., or fruits such as pineapple.  The cooked meat and sauce can also put over rice or place it on top of a salad for a special treat.

Hope you enjoy,


Tina

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Executives' Wives' Club #Romance #Series #HappyEndings @authorTinaGayle



Executives' Wives' Club series

Genre: Contemporary Romance with strong women fiction elements
Four women...
One fatal car wreck...
Everyone's lives changed...



Marketing Exec’s Widow
Jennifer Larson, having lost her husband, friends and the perfect life she’d had plan, now faces the biggest challenge of her life, moving into an unplanned future. While the rest of the Executive Wife Club is still wallowing in the past, Jen is tempted into the future by a sexy chiropractor, Hagan Chaney.

But does he really love her or is he only after her money?

Available at amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Romance-Marketing-Executive-Fiction-Elements-ebook/dp/B007AARGPA

Check out the 5 star review at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/marketing-execs-widow



CEO’s Widow
Tagline: Facing the possibility of having breast cancer, Marianne must decide if she wants to give love another chance and build a future with whatever time she may have left.

 Blurb:
After surviving the grief from her husband’s death, Marianne Clark has built a new life with the help of the other Executive Wives. She plans to enjoy grandchildren and friends until her doctor tells her he found a lump in her breast. Her world turned upside down. She re-evaluates her priorities and decides she grab hold of life with both hands.
Knox Turner lost is first wife to cancer. He’s determined not to let Marianne face this challenge alone. 
Can this couple face the trails ahead and build a future together?

Excerpt:
“Wait—”
“Marianne, what are you doing here?” Sylvia Wilshire stood in the middle of the hallway. Tall and slender, she offered a radiant smile and brushed a wayward hand through her dark auburn hair. As beautiful as ever, Marianne couldn’t help but marvel at how her friend had changed in the last two years. She’d lost over a hundred pounds and had married Vince Wilshire. He also happened to be like both of their deceased husbands, an executive for Knox.
Sylvia strolled forward with the grace of a model, her green-eyed gaze full of curiosity. “I just drop by to talk to Vince for a minute.”
The man in question walked through the doorway of another office. He winked at Marianne and slid an arm around Sylvia’s shoulder. “It looks like these two beauties are keeping us from our conference call.”
 “Damn,” Knox groaned and checked his watch. “We better get in there before Foster has a cow because we’re late.”
Marianne stepped aside to give him room to walk around her.
He paused next to her and glared. “I’ll call you later, and we’ll work out a time for us to get together.”
Tempted to disagree with his plan, she proposed instead, “As long as it doesn’t interfere with my other social plans.”
He groaned and dropped a kiss on her cheek. “Someday I’m going to be the first and last thing you see every day. Then your activity calendar won’t matter.”
She lifted her hand ready to point out he shouldn’t say things like that to her in front of their friends. “Knox—”
Vince tugged on Knox’s arm and interrupted, “Come on, buddy before you get yourself in more trouble than you can get out of.”


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Author Bio:
Tina Gayle grew up a dreamer and loved to escape into the world of books.

After years of working in the business world doing a variety of jobs, she decided to try her hand at writing and hope to incorporate the joy of being a mother into her books.

Currently working on a series about four executive wives, she is excited about combining elements of women fiction with the passion of romance. The first three books have been released and the last one is coming out in 2015.

Married twenty-five years, she and her husband love to travel and play golf.  She can’t wait for Mike to retire so they can do more of both.
Read the first chapter of any of her books by visiting her website.

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Small #Winery in #Alabama - Grapes to Tempt Your Palate - #julesjbertavineyards


As most of you know, there are wineries in every state in the U.S. My husband and I enjoy discovering new ones. Recently, we were running around Alabama. We had just play a round of golf at the Robert Trent Jones Course in Huntsville and decided to do a drive by of the Jules J. Berta winery in Albertsville.


One of the things that I look for in a local winery is that they grow their own grapes and use other regional fruits, which in my book makes them representatives of the area in which they live. Jules J. Berta winery was this and much more. Why?

They are on the cutting edge of introducing several new types of grapes to the Alabama region. Their SYLVANER is an ancient varietal often associated with being wild.  It is a flavorful wine that is sweet but finishes with a dry edge.

They also have several other varieties that were brought over from Hungary. The oldest varietal is Blaufrankisch, but they also are growing Sauvignon blanc, Petit Syrah, and a varietal known as Red Chardonnay. This is exciting news for growers outside the state of California. 

 
The selection offered both sweet wines for me and dry wines for my husband. Of all the wines we tasted, there were few that didn't please us. The hard part was narrowing it down to only a few bottles.

So if you are in Alabama and looking for a new wine to try, you might want to drop by

 Jules J. Berta winery.


Or visit them online    www.julesjbertavineyards.com


Hope you enjoyed the visit as much as we did,

Tina

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Charles Marion Russell - #Western #Artist #Cowboy



As many of you know, I was born in Texas. I walked fields, rode a horse or two, and fell in love with more than one cowboy. After all, who can resist a cowboy?
Through the years, I had the pleasure of visiting the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth where I first spotted a Russell sculpture. The detail and design of the cowboys working with horses and other animals fascinated me.
So, when we decided to drive through Great Falls, Montana, I was very excited by the prospect of visiting Charles M. Russell museum. Not only does his home and studio sit on a corner of a quiet neighborhood, but a huge building houses his artwork. It also supports other artists. There are more current pieces throughout the building along with a gun collection that he used to get every detail of the weapons correct.
He grew up in Missouri but convinced his parents to let him move to Montana to work on a ranch. He fell in love with the land and appreciated the cowboys that worked it. Fond of sketching pictures on postcards and letters, his boss shared one of these with the owner of the ranch. Pleased by the picture, the owner shared it with his friends. This brought him work as an artist and gave him the opportunity to paint.
Charles gained international acclaim, mainly due to his wife who was his manager and set up many showings across the country. Even after his death in 1926, his art has lived on and is still sought after by collectors around the world.
I was surprised by the detail of his sketches and paintings. He used all sorts of mediums; oil painting, pencils, and bronze sculptures. As a self-educated artist, he had no formal training until early 1900 when he traveled to New York and was introduced to other artists and illustrators.  His journey into the art world was not always easy but he followed his heart, leaving behind a collection of pieces that celebrate women, cowboys, and a life on the western frontier.
If you are in the area, I highly recommend you stop by for a visit.

Here is a sample of his work.



If you would like to see any of my other travel video - here is the link.

https://www.youtube.com/user/AuthorTinaGayle/videos

Happy travels,

Tina

Monday, July 30, 2018

A #Romantic #Blurb from Author Anita Philmar #Excerpt




Blurb for In Too Deep


On the banks of the Trinity River, Sadie Pepperman is looking for a chance to escape the demands of her in-laws. With her husband’s dead, they want her to marry her brother-in-law so they can take control of her farm.

Suddenly, the peace of the day is shattered when her best friend steps too far into the river. Rushing to save her, Sadie meets a handsome stranger that ignites her dormant lust. She sees her friend rescued by a steamship and backs away from Logan Jansen, only to turn her ankle.

The agonizing pain leaves Sadie with the inability to walk. Needing help, she offers Logan a place to stay if he’ll help with the chores on her farm. With his agreement, Sadie adds another problem to her list. Now, not only does she have to worry about how to bring her crops in from the field and run her farm alone but she also has to fight her attraction to Logan.

Can Sadie end her in-laws’ interference in her life,
run her farm alone,
and give love another chance?


Now for the Excerpt:

“Are you a friend of the woman who is drowning?”
Unable to certain what to say to the stranger, she nodded and worked to clear the lump in her throat. How did this man know about Carolyn?
“Move over. I’ll drive. If we hurry I should be able to save her and my friend.” He placed a foot on the side step of the wagon and crowded onto the bench.
She quickly scooted along the wooden plank, allowing him room to settle beside her. Long fingers closed over the reins and he tugged the leather from her grip.
He didn’t wait for an answer. Lifting the reins, he released the brake.
A loud whistle sounded from the river, followed almost immediately by the slapping of paddles against the water.
The man clicked his tongue to encourage Beauty to get moving. He drove the wagon closer to the edge of the river, creating a rough new trail.
Bouncing on the seat like a rag doll, Sadie tried to keep her distance from the man, even though the task was next to impossible with the constant swaying of the wagon. She continually brushed against his arm, shoulder and thigh. A particularly hard bump almost landed in his lap.
“I’m sorry, but you need to slow down,” she complained and straightened.
He drew back on the reins; the wagon rolled to a stop. His head turned in the other direction. He shifted away from her and jumped down from the wagon before she repositioned herself on the bench. “Damn that steamship. They’re rescuing them.”
A little stunned by everything that had happened, Sadie lifted a hand to her throat. Her gaze stayed locked on Logan until his comment finally registered. She glanced at the water and noticed a steamboat cruising down-river. A line hung from the side with two people hanging from the end.
She scrambled off the wagon to keep the boat in sight as it moved farther away. “Oh, no, where will it take them?”
“Probably to the next port, maybe Liberty or on into Galveston.”  When the steamboat rounded a bend and drifted out of sight, the stranger turned. His gaze grew in intensity as he scanned the length of her body. “I’m Logan by the way.”

Burned by his steady regard, Sadie glanced down at her attire. Heat stained her cheeks. The ribbon on her camisole had worked its way loose and the swell of her breasts lay exposed to his view. She’d been about to redress when Carolyn fell into the river. Lifting her hands automatically to cover herself, she bowed her head.
What should she do now?

Purchase In Too Deep at Smashword - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/412197
Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IMQLOMC

Thanks for sharing,

Anita

Twitter: @anitaphilmar

Friday, July 27, 2018

Off-World #Mystery / #Romance - Mating Rituals #ASMSG


With rock-hard fortitude, Marohka Taunton battles to maintain her position as top mineralogist and refuses to see why she should marry even if the law requires she take a mate. Fighting her attraction for Stihl Fermesium, she struggles to save her father's company.

Stihl, determined to win her as his mate, is faced with the commission deal of a lifetime and needs the money to save his family land. He wrestles with her emotional resistance and discovers someone other than Marohka is unhappy about their union. In fact, they want to separate them in the most basic of ways, death.

Excerpt:



The car drew into a covered station. A large plaza stood next to it. Colorful robes, white turbans, leather jackets, all types of attire graced the bodies walking around carrying shopping totes. Red, blue, and blond-haired children played on small multi-tier rockets. A solar-powered jet lifted them to the top. Long tubes spiraled around and through the center of the display, which sent the children on a wild ride to the sandy playground below.

“This building has a mall and offices connected to it, so you never have to leave the area. It’s all right here.” Stihl captured her hand upon disembarking.

Marohka waited until Cyd cleared the door with the luggage before she tugged her hand free. “I don’t need any help.”

He smiled. She strolled past him and entered the lobby. He stopped her by laying a hand on her waist. “I wasn’t helping. I was touching.” He drew her up against his chest. “You keep forgetting we’re a couple.”

Her anger demanded she shout at him, but in a controlled whisper, she fought his rights. “We haven’t blended. And with your current rate of charm, it won’t happen any time soon.”

His eyes twinkled. Marohka wanted badly to knock the humor out of him with a punch to the gut. But before she could respond, he shocked her with a light kiss on the cheek.

“We’ll see.” His arm still around her waist, he led her toward the lift. “We’d better get moving. Cyd’s waiting.”

With him so close, the urge to ram her elbow in his stomach almost became a reality. Until as if reading her mind, he shifted his hand over her arm. He kept her from doing any damage. In the lift, Marohka stood very still. Even though she wanted to step away from him, he held her close to his side. The heat radiating from him smothered her with his presence.

Tantalizing thoughts teased her mind. Her heart raced. Every touch awoke nerve endings, which sizzled over her skin. She couldn’t breathe or relax. His hand caressed her waist, his breath ruffled her hair, and his chest crowded her shoulder. She shifted on her feet, and her arm brushed his bicep. The desire to wrestle him to the ground battled with the need to run away.


Visit my website to read the first chapter of Mating Rituals
 http://www.tinagayle.net/mrchapter.html


For only $2.99  at
Amazon

Have an awesome weekend,

Tina

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Wonders @GreatFalls_MT #Travel #TravelPhotos #TouristHighlights







Montana is a beautiful place. The view of the mountains reflects the rugged terrain that adventurers have long to explore since the first day they were discovered. Then you see the antelope grazing in the fields along the highway. The view across the flat land, leaves you with no doubt as to why they call it Big Sky country.

The trip up to Great Falls takes you off the beaten path when coming from the south. Immediately upon arriving in the city, you are embraced with the warm welcome of a small town. The parks dotting the landscape offers a relaxing view, but the water flowing in the central river invites you to explore the name sakes of the city.




Five major water falls run along the Missouri River and generate energy with hydroelectric dams. The road leading along the river offers amazing views and tempts you with the desire to get closer to nature. The trail between you and the river has you stopping to explore the overlooks and soak in the sight and sound of the unbelievable falls. 

The struggle to break away from such an amazing sight has you wondering when you'll be able to return. A few hours or a few days, the city quickly puts its hooks in you and will someday having you going back to enjoy it again. 

If haven't been to Great Falls, Montana, you might want to add it to your list of places to visit.

Check out their website at https://greatfallsmt.net/community/visiting-great-falls

If you'd like to see more pictures from my travels visit  -
 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-8oq4E6Tq267qXnF4ch-cQ


All the best,

Tina

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Pedestal of the West – Devils Tower #NationalPark #Travel #Adventure




Devil’s Tower stands like a pedestal to the Gods. Rising over 1,267 feet above the tree-lined valley of the Belle Fourche River. The granite formation is an Indian legend which sits just over the line of South Dakota in the northeastern area of Wyoming.

The name came from the misinterpretation of an interpreter during an expedition in 1875 led by Colonel Richard Irving Dodge. “Bad God’s Tower” was then referred to as Devils Tower by explorers. Native people, however refer to the formation by names such as Bear’s House, Bear’s Tipi, Tree Rock or Great Gray Horn. The tower represents a place of worship for the natives and they have tried through the years to have the name changed to Bear Lodge Natural Historical Landmark. So far, all attempts have failed because of the fear that it might damage the tourist trade.



As the first national monument named by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, Devils Tower attracts travelers from across the world. Not only can visitors take the trail which circles the base, but they can also enjoy the amazing wildlife and even climb it. However, less than one percent of the people who visit the park take on this task of scaling its walls.

Instead, visitors enjoy the amazing view of the valley and stare up at the magnificent natural sculpture. The scene below is made up of pine forests, grassland, and dark red limestone along with maroon siltstone which adds to the beauty of the area.

The prairie dog field next to the road leading up to the tower is an area which everyone enjoys. The small animals delight and amuse the crowds on a daily basis.


If you are ever driving I-95 or 185 in Wyoming, take a moment and check out this incredible site.  


or



Have fun and all the best,

Tina

Thursday, July 19, 2018

She Love Him First - #SecondChance #Romance by #TinaGayle

My Best Friend's Ex




Blurb for My Best Friend's Ex
She loved him first, but her best friend married him. Now with their divorce, Brooke must choose between her best friend and the man of her dreams. 

Brooke Janson has loved Garrett Sawyer since she met him on her first day of high school. Now, he’s free to love her too. Except, his ex-wife happens to be her best friend. 

How can Brooke choose between a friend she’s known since kindergarten and the man of her dreams? 

This is a complete short story with a HEA.

Now available at

Amazon   |  Smashword | Apple




Here's a little snippet of the story-

Strolling down the grocery aisle, Brooke Janson spotted a familiar man dressed in black. Garrett Sawyer was the one person in the world, she didn’t expect to meet, see, or run into in a huge superstore.


Memories flooded through her mind, and she adjusted the spaghetti strap of her shirt.  Unable to pull her gaze from his lean, muscular frame encased in a black T-shirt and jeans, she silently wished she’d worn something sexier than an old pair of jeans and a tank top. She glanced down and remembered what she looked like in high school when they met.


As an overweight teen, she’d worked hard to get his attention, had even helped him pass a few classes.  They had become friends, and she’d decided he was everything she ever wanted in a man.


At the end of the school year, he’d left for college. After graduating, he’d returned. They had reconnected at a party where she introduced him to her best friend, Janet. They started dating and married not long after her first year of community college. Sadly, less than a year later, it ended in a divorce because she cheated on him with one of her classmates.


Suddenly unsure how to handle the situation, she choked out his name. To her ultimate horror, he turned.


His forehead wrinkled into a frown before he smiled and pushed his cart down the aisle. “Hello, Brooke.”



Love this story because it shows that you should never give up on the one you love. They may someday be available to love you too.

Tina

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tourist Highlight - Rest Area in @SouthDakota #Travel #Artwork #Photos of Dignity Statue

Now some may ask what can be so special about a rest area other than it being a great place to go to the bathroom and change out drivers. 

This South Dakota rest area is very special. Not only does it provide clean rest room, but it also includes a small museum and an awesome piece of artwork.


Dignity Statue



Over 50ft tall, this native Dakota woman stands on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River. She was designed to honor the Lakota and Dakota people. Located off interstate 90 near Chamberlain, SD, it is a quick on and off stop.

My husband and I missed the exit but noticed the Dignity Statue on the bluff and did a u-turn at the next exit to go back and check out this incredible piece of artwork.

Once I stepped into the visitor center, I was equally enthralled by the displays inside the building. A small museum told the journey of Lewis and Clark. I spent over an hour filming the different displays that included the animals which call South Dakota their home and a display of the items Lewis and Clark took on their journey on the Missouri River. I was so excited about being able to share this with my friends. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way I deleted the video or it is hiding somewhere on my computer and is alluding me.

Even though, I can’t show you the inside of the visitor center, I hope you will enjoy and appreciate the amazing pictures of the Dignity Statue and the grounds around her that overlook the Missouri River.



Check out my YouTube video at



or click on https://youtu.be/QS3vuS8hST4
Hope you have a chance to visit this amazing place someday.



Tina

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Traveling - What's On the Side of the Road? #Badlands @SouthDakota #NationalParks #Travel


Have you been to South Dakota? 

Driven down highway 90 on your way to Mount Rushmore or maybe Devil's Tower? 

Did you see the signs for the Badlands? 

The loop road is one of the best ways to take a slight detour and discover a world of wonders. 

Most people believe that the trip will only take them a half-hour or less, but the amazing landscape quickly draws you in with its beauty.



The unique vistas reach the sky and leave you eager to see more. With every turn, there is something new to see. The color near the yellow mounds created by the geological scenery turns the trip into a happy hunting grounds for new delights.

Unable to resist the spectacular terrain in front of you, the desire to absorb the beauty prompts you to stop. The many photo opportunities compel a person to take not only one but multiple pictures. 



Excited by the view, the landscape compels you down short trails that lead to treasures that relaxes and draws you in with its natural beauty. And don’t forget the chance encounters with wildlife. Big horn sheep, bison, prairie dogs and other animals call this land home.

So, if you are in South Dakota, and see a sign to visit the Badlands, take a few minutes, or perhaps a few hours, to discover a place that will inspire you to take more trips off the beaten path.

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All the best,

Tina