Day 7-Jewel Cave and Picnic
Jun 30, 2011
|This morning we drove down to Jewel Cave outside of the city of Custer. We met Kristi, Kurt and family there for a tour of the cave. This is advertised as the second longest cave system in the world but only a small portion of it has been explored. The rangers there think that it will be the largest in the world with some additional exploration and confirmation.
We took a tour of the cave (a 1/2 mile walk which included 732 steps). It was extremely interesting. It was also refreshing to be underground where the temperature was a constant 49 degrees after yesterday's 99 degrees.
After the tour, we went with Kristi's family to a picnic ground by a lake near where they are camped in Custer State Park.
We enjoyed a yummy picnic and watched the kids play in the lake.
We decided it was time to go and decided to drive the 18 mile Wildlife Drive. We said our goodbyes to Kristi's family, knowing that we were going our separate ways for the remainder of the trip and that it would be a month or more before we see them again. Unfortunately, although we took the Wildlife Drive, most of the wildlife didn't get the word. In 18 miles, we saw one buffalo grazing at the side of the road, several antelope and a couple of groups of wild burros begging for food.
We came back to the camp with the intention of going to the night time show at Mount Rushmmore.
We headed over there a little after seven but soon started seeing lightning bolts ahead of us. By the time we got to Keystone, it was raining pretty good. We cancelled our plans and headed back. Much of the trip back was in driving rain that made it difficult to see at times. Still lots of lightning.
The wind is blasting away again as I write this. The sounds of the slide toppers slapping around is really disconcerting. I had to go out and take a look around to make sure that something hadn't broken loose, it sounds so loud.
Anyway, I am going to bed and hope I can ignore the noise and rockiing and get some sleep. And, that no that no actual damage results from the wind.
Talk to your tomorrow. No specific plans yet. We'll discuss over breakfast.