Dad and The Giant Dinosaur :: Throw Back Thursday #tbt

Dinosaur Park 1988 - Rapid City, South Dakota

I have wanted to participate in Throwback Thursday for a while now, but I always forget! Not today! I dug out some old photos and hope to remember to share one, if not weekly, then at least once a month. 

I adore this photo of my Dad and I with the giant green dinosaur statue in South Dakota. There aren’t too many photos of my Dad and I, and looking at this just makes me smile and remember how obsessed I was with dinosaurs at that age! While I can’t be certain — I believe this photo was taken around 1987 when I was 8 years old. It could have been earlier, maybe my mom will chime in and answer =) 

In any case, this was a stop on one of our two week long summer road trips. My Dad loved to travel in the U.S. and I was fortunate enough to see some pretty awesome historical and interesting things along the way. This huge green Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur statue is located in Dinosaur Park near Rapid City. I remember there were several other Dinosaurs there besides this T-Rex — a Brontosaurus, Triceratops, and Stegosaurus to name a few.

I know Mom is behind the camera becasue you can see the shadow of her thumb, or whatever she had blocking the lens. I really love how my Dad is standing in profile, looking out towards the horizon and probably thinking about where we’ll stop for the night or if there is anything good to eat at the gift shop. He’s in his classic attire — a pair of polyester pants (brown), a white cotton t-shirt, and a pair of loafers. It must have been breezy that day because his hair is ruffling up a bit — I can’t remember much about this day — just how excited I was to see these giant statues and just enjoying being on the road. This is just a great childhood memory!

Traveling in the United States and want to Visit?

Dinosaur Park is Free to the public and can be found at 940 Skyline Dr. Rapid City, SD 57701. The park is open daily June, July, Aug from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm and May, Sept, Oct from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

While you’re there, enjoy the  spectacular “100 Mile” views. The attraction is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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  1. 1

    Awww, I love looking through old photos, too! This is a great one – thanks for sharing!

  2. 2

    Yes, photos can bring back so many memories. I wish my parents took more photos when I was young, but I guess it was not as convenient then as it is now. I don’t want to miss the precious moments with our kids, so I try to take pictures and videos as I go.


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