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Jun 3, 2016 - Jewell Cave National Monument, South Dakota

AM Report: We have breakfast in the KOA Café. It is convenient. We are on the bike early. Today is the windiest day of our stay. We head west to Jewell Cave National Monument. It is a fifteen minute ride. We visited the monument many years ago. Today, we take the short tour. It is a good decision. We only see one room of the cave. It is more of a ranger talk than a tour. It is very informative with time for questions. Jewell Cave is the third longest cave in the world. PM Report: It is still very windy. We take the short ride into...

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Sep 4, 2015 - Jewel Cave N. Mon.

Back to South Dakota for the Labour Day Weekend Friday, Sept 4: Devils Tower N.M. (Wyoming) to Jewel Cave N.M.(South Dakota) Weather: ~62F, cool and calm, warming to ~90F, partially sunny and still calm Route: WY-110 → WY-24 → US-14 → US-16 Trip Average Gas Mileage: 28.8mpg - reserving a same-day campsite at Center Lake in Custer State Park - spotting a convenient, clean laundromat in Moorcroft, WY - finding all the supplies we needed at Decker's Supermarket in Newcastle - taking the Scenic Tour of Jewel Cave N.Mon. during the hot...

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Sep 22, 2014 - Jewel Cave and back to Mt. Rushmore

Jewel Cave was established in 1908 the same year as Wind Cave. Both were designated as monuments but Wind Cave quickly was approved as a park. Our guide told us what the difference in a park and monument was. Greg and I looked smugly at one another since this was part of our Sunset Dune tour at White Sands National Monument. "A monument just has to have the President's signature, but a park must go thru the legislative process." We both really delighted in this cave tour. One, our interpretive ranger, Michele, was exuberant, funny, and...

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Jun 16, 2014 - Jewel Cave, SD

9:15 am headed to Jewel Cave National Monument to explore the caves. Admission was $12/pp for the Scenic Cave Tour, 1 ½ hours. I thought it was ok. Alan was not much impressed. Lunch in RV…sandwiches and returned to the camp to hang out for the rest of the afternoon. I caught up with entries to this log and Alan did some reading on his Kindle. We plan to go to the Dollar store before dinner and then to the Cattlemen’s Café for dinner…the prime rib special for $17 was good. Alan has the ½ rack ribs. They were a little dry. Returned to the...

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Aug 25, 2013 - Jewel Cave National Monument

We did not realize today was visit your national parks day! Drove out to the cave, you have to obtain a ticket for any of their tours and all the morning and early afternoon tours were taken. So we got one for mid afternoon and drive back into downtown Custer to do a little shopping. Went into Sophia's a shop which has been in Custer for 48 years, now owned and operated by Sophia's son. Purchased a simple Black Hill Gold leave design ring for me and a more complex one for Debra. Lunch at the rig, then back to the Caves. The most interesting...

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Jul 10, 2013 - Jewel Cave National Monument

A strenuous old fashioned lantern tour of Jewel Cave National Park was on Fred’s bucket list of things to do – we had already taken two tours of the cave system on another visit to the area. I managed to do it even with my bad arthritic knees, but boy did I hurt for the next few days after the tour. We were the eldest two on the tour, which included us and a bunch of boy scouts and their no more than mid 40s leaders. It was fun and we did keep up well with the rest of the group! Here is the website description of the lantern tour: “Step...

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Jun 2, 2011 - Ellsworth AFB - Jewel Cave National Monument

Decided to finish what we had started out to do after Wind Cave NP before our rude interruption of the rock hitting the windshield creating a chip. So, off we headed to visit Jewel Cave National Monument (NM). The weather’s changed to beautiful days loaded with sunshine and slight breezes – a very nice, refreshing change from last week’s weather! As we headed towards Jewel Cave NM we came upon some “cowboys and gals” herding cattle by the side of the road. A woman in an ATV was heading the way (talk about mixing past and present day...

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Aug 22, 2010 - Jewel Cave Nat'l Monument

I am going to cheat again – I am tired so I am copying from the national park websites. This is what is said about Jewel cave: “The earliest written account of Jewel Cave is a mining claim filed by Frank and Albert Michaud in 1900. The brothers described the entrance as a hole that was too small for human entry, with a blast of cold air coming out. After subsequent enlargement with dynamite, they entered the cave with Charles Bush, a friend of the family, discovering crawlways and low-ceilinged rooms coated with beautiful calcite crystals...

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Aug 15, 2010 - Jewel Cave S.D.

Today we visited Jewel Cave. We took a 3/4 mile ranger led tour for about 2 hours. You take an elevator 22 stories down them walk up and down about 800 steps on a aluminum catwalk. It is the second largest cave in the world, 151 miles has been explored

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Jul 9, 2010 - Jewel Cave

Jewel Cave National Monument, at 151 miles, is the second longest cave in the world. The longest cave is Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. Jewel Cave gets its name from the abundance of calcite crystals that completely cover the cave walls. Calcite is the same mineral that they use in making soda. The calcite is also the mineral that eats away and dissolves all the limestone to make the cave. The on going joke that all the tour guides say is that the calcite makes Jewel Cave "Nature's Cavity". The cave tour was nice. Our tour guide, a college girl,...

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Aug 15, 2009 - Jewel Cave National Monument

Our main goal today is to see Jewel Cave National Monument. Weather was nice in the morning but cloudy. We may get rain later this evening. We would like to go to the lighting ceremony at Mount Rushmore, but it will depend on the weather. It gets cold here in the evening - upper 40's to lower 50's. When we arrived at the park a little after 10 a.m., there were lots of cars in the parking lot. There are four or five different tours offering various lengths of time and walking distances. The ranger said the intermediate tour was booked up and...

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Jul 11, 2009 - Jewel Cave National Monument

Today’s trip was to Jewel Cave National Monument. It’s the 2nd largest cave system in the world and a lot different that Wind Cave. This cave has a lot more volume than Wind Cave. The tour went through areas with large rooms and some or the typical stalactite and stalagmite formations you see in other caves plus other types of formations like “bacon” and flow stones that I’ve never seen before. Again I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

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