4,000 Miles, Big Fish, and Mount Rushmore

Recently, my family loaded up the car and embarked on the longest vacation we have ever taken – for two weeks.

We journeyed through the following states:  South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota.

The first key stop was a week at a fishing cabin in northern Minnesota.  I won all of the big fish contests (pictures below to prove it).

Northern Pike 


Walleye (my biggest walleye ever)



After the week in northern Minnesota, the family traveled to a couple of family reunions in Iowa and then we traveled over to the western edge of South Dakota with the ultimate goal of visiting the Badlands, Custer State Park, and Mount Rushmore.  The vacation's top moment was the Independence Day Fireworks at Mount Rushmore.  Everyone needs to experience them at least once.

What a great vacation!  Lifetime memories were made.  Lots of time was spent with family.  We all got to rest.

Best of all – it was paid for in cash before we ever left.  There is NOTHING like a vacation that does not have debt following it home.  You can learn how to save for Known, Upcoming Expenses like vacation and Christmas HERE.

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  1. Saving Freak on July 7, 2008 at 4:52 am

    Great photos Joe! The only thing I want to see is there to be an addition to Mount Rushmore. How about right next to the great emancipator we put the great communicator!

  2. Dean Herman on July 7, 2008 at 8:19 am

    Just returned form our vacation also. We rented a house across the stret from the beach in Garden City. Played golf three times, went deep sea fishing and attended the Dixie Stampede. We had an awesome time. But, one of the greatest is that the entire trip was paid for with cash. Because of Joe Sangle we now put back $100.00 a week strictly for vacation. We know we have $5,000 a year to vacation.
    Thanks Joe

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