Honeymoon: Badlands National Park.

Alas, I have come to the final honeymoon post (it has only taken me six months – oops!)

After we left Seattle, we were unsure of our plan. We knew we wanted to camp out for a few days before hitting Chicago but there were a few options to decide on. As we headed east, we ended up deciding on the Badlands for a night before heading to Chicago a day early.

Unfortunately, plans didn’t go as expected and we had more car problems somewhere around Billings, Montana. We ended up loosing our power steering around 2AM which made turning my SUV nearly impossible. Tired and coming to the end of our rope (we had been on the road for over two weeks at this point), we decided to just pull over, get some sleep and deal with the car in the morning.I ended up pulling into a hotel parking lot (we decided just to sleep in the car – it wasn’t worth buying a room for 4-5 hours) and we slept until 630ish.

Around 7AM we went for breakfast while Marty called around to different mechanics. We ended up finding one pretty close by, dropped off our car around 8AM and spent the next five hours in a Starbucks.


Five hours and five hundred dollars later, we continued east to the Badlands of South Dakota.








After camping out at the Badlands for a night and exploring a bit the next morning, we headed towards Iowa to spend the night until heading to Chicago the next morning. When we hit the road, we were utterly exhausted. We looked at each other, having been on the road for about two and a half weeks at this point, and decided to forego our last two nights in Chicago and just head home. Buuuuut…
we got just close enough to the city where we ended on a high note:


Gotta love that Chicago deep-dish pizza. There is nothing like it 🙂

Our honeymoon was more than I ever expected and I am so glad we decided to go on a road trip (despite the few car troubles along the way) instead of a ‘traditional’ Caribbean getaway. It’s not that a trip like that wouldn’t have been nice but I really think there is something to be said about spending 2.5 weeks in a car with your new husband 🙂 We have the rest of our lives to take a tropical beach vacation but trips like this don’t come around too often…

Weigh in: What do you think? Traditional honeymoon or mini adventure?

Catch Up On Previous Honeymoon Posts:
Mammoth Cave, Nashville, New Orleans
Santa Fe
The Grand Canyon
The Golden State
City By the Bay
Wine Country
Redwood Forrest
Olympic National Park
The Emerald City

14 thoughts on “Honeymoon: Badlands National Park.

  1. 1. I love the new look of your blog. It looks great
    2. I have family in Billings, Montana
    3. Since reading from the beginning of your honeymoon recap I really have to say I absolutely LOVED the idea of what you two did. You were able to see so much different scenery. And every photo you took was absolutely breathtaking ❤

    1. Thanks Jessie. Seriously so sweet of you to say 🙂 Despite the ridiculousness of the car drama in Montana, we actually did like Billings! I try not to think bad thoughts when reflecting on our time there! Everything is purposeful and it was definitely nice to sit and play on my iPad for a few hours in Starbucks!

  2. I love the type of honeymoon that you all took. I like beaches, but even when on vacation that involves a beach I’m more about the trips and adventures they week take during the day than actually being on the beach. haha. Great self-portraits at the park– adorable! And that pizza is INSANELY deep. Hence the name I guess 😀

    1. If you ever go to Chicago- try Giordano’s! Soooo soooo delicious! I was never a huge fan of deep dish pizza until Marty showed me this place during our first time in Chicago. One piece actually fills you up because of how jam-packed it is 🙂

  3. I just cannot get enough of you two…SUCH a gorgeous couple!! I would FOR SURE do a mini adventure like this, how freaking fun!!! I love that it’s a stray from traditional honeymoons. You two did it right for sure!

  4. You’re right — a trip like this is something you can really only do before you start a family, and now you have so many good memories to share! I’m not sure if I’m cut out for a long road trip — it would definitely test my patience :).

    1. I’m not gonna lie, there were definitely a couple of tense moments (mostly due to the stupid car troubles-ah!) But all in all, I think we got along pretty well. You’d be surprised. I think there were enough breaks in between driving to keep it upbeat and a positive experience.

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