I think I drove through many of Jason Aldean's Fly Over States....
Take a ride across the badlands
Feel that freedom on your face
Breathe in all that open space
Indeed, I drove through the badlands and talk about open space! Breathtaking!
The girls and I took a good long walk and then I noticed what I had no idea lived in South Dakota:
I alwasy think of cactus and Arizona, or New Mexico or Texas but not South Dakota. No dog seemed to care but still...who knew?
I got to meet two of the cutest girls around.....and the dog that I have admired from afar....GIRLIE! I had an empty dog crate...but Emma kept a sharp eye on Girlie so I do not have a new dog.
|Emma showing me how Girlie walks on a leash|
|Joni smiling for the camera|
Jamie, whom I have never met in person, warmly welcomed me into her life. As we chatted, I kept thinking how nice it would be to live closer but maybe it was best we didn't. Somehow I think we could get into some serious over-thinking trouble together!
|Jamie as caught by photographer Emma|
Jamie grabbed some open ewes and we headed out into the open badlands, where the cacti dot the landscape, and hardly a fence is to be seen. I gave my camera to Emma, who is four by the way, going on 19, and she kept busy taking pictures.
|sheep from a four-year old view point|
Jamie had a go at shedding.
Then we ate lunch, Emma painted me a picture, and I was back on the road. What an amazing day with amazing people. My only regret was missing Laura Hicks...but that makes going back all the more exciting. Maybe a sheepdog trial will be in order next visit! Thank you, Springs family, for making me welcome and taking time out of your life to share it with me.
Seize the Day!