Not in D.C. anymore. . . .

OK, last week we took off from Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) and everything was going fine until a woman in our row passed out an hour into the flight. She slumped over in her seat and the two women around her yelled for a doctor. The Southwest flight attendants sprang into action and they had oxygen and a defribrillator there in seconds. By some miracle, a doctor was sitting right behind the unconscious woman. He was wonderful–so soothing and caring. After a few minutes I was very relieved to see she was breathing again.

But she still wasn’t herself, so the pilot made an emergency landing at the Columbus, Ohio airport. We could overhear her seatmate calling the woman’s husband. Can you imagine getting that call? “You don’t know me, but I’m on the plane with your wife who was just taken in an ambulance to the hospital nearest the Columbus airport. No, I don’t know the name of it.” Her poor husband was waiting for her in St. Louis. I felt so sorry for both of them and hope she’s OK.

We took off again and landed in St. Louis, then Denver, where I took this shot with my iPhone. I liked the light and angles and the lone figure at the top of the escalator.

Aloft in Denver

Our next stop was South Dakota. Yes, you heard me right. I’m guessing most of you have never heard of the place. 🙂 It’s actually quite beautiful, especially the western part, where we landed.

You know you’re not in the D.C. area anymore when the guy in front of you is wearing this:

cowboy hat

Rapid City is the gateway to the Black Hills, and we used it as our base for sightseeing there and the Badlands. I’ll get to those in future posts.
In Rapid City, you’ll see things like. . .

beautiful old architecture from the early 1900s


onion top

a fire station converted to a brewery and restaurant

fire station

a beautiful doorway

jewelry doors

a postwar bungalow with a flag painted on the roof

flag house

an exact replica of the Borgund Stavkirke in Laerdal, Norway, that’s beautiful from the front

stavkirke front

and back

stavkirke back

and inside.

inside stavkirke

The view from the chapel is pretty nice too. . . .

view from stavkirke

There’s also a log cabin that houses lots of Norwegian artifacts brought over by settlers.

Norwegian cottage

Finally, there’s a store called Prairie Edge. There are so many interesting things inside, I’m devoting Wednesday’s blog to it.

prairie edge

See you then!


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10 Responses to Not in D.C. anymore. . . .

  1. Lady Jennie says:

    I love these pictures – feel like I’m visiting too.

    I do hope that lady is okay.

  2. flyinggma says:

    Welcome to my part of the world. We live about an 8 hour drive to the Badlands. It is and was one of our favorite places to take our kids. Such beautiful scenery and many photo ops.

  3. jacquelincangro says:

    What started off as a scary journey looks like it had a beautiful ending. Rapid City has some really quaint buildings! It looks like a lovely town.
    I hope the lady from the plane is doing better.

  4. Caroline says:

    Poor woman.
    Those buidlings are very beautiful indeed.
    The replica is amazing, I’ve seen photos of the real one, it looks exactly the same.
    “Badlands” sounds kind of swampy.

  5. Cheryl says:

    Wonderful images, Carole. What an adventure getting to your adventures.

    I hope the woman, and her husband, are both doing well.

  6. Elizabeth Ludwig says:

    Loved the pictures Carole – so looking forward to next summer’s reunion to see in ‘person’. The Stavkirke is beautiful – both the original and the replica. Immigrants have brought so much to the U.S. Looking forward to future posts/pix

  7. Thank you so much, eveyone. I’m still getting caught up, and hope to visit blogs soon.

  8. Helen says:

    Gorgeous photos. My favorites are the ones of the chapel! HG

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