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May 26, 2019 - Wind Caves NP & Badlands NP

Monday, May 27. Wind Caves & Badlands. By nine o’clock the next morning, I’d retraced the previous day’s drive to Wind Caves National Park. It’s hidden beneath the rolling prairie of the southern Black Hills and is one of the world’s longest caves. Swaying prairie grasses, forested hillsides, and an array of wildlife such as bison, elk, and prairie dogs welcome visitors to our nation’s seventh-oldest national park and one of its few remaining intact prairies. I signed-up for the next available cave tour. Half an hour later I was in a group...

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May 24, 2019 - Mt. Rushmore

Saturday, May 25. Mt. Rushmore. Our first stop this day was at a rest stop near Chamberlain, SD, exit 265 off I-90. It was more than a rest stop, however. We were there to see Dignity, a sculpture on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River. The fifty-foot high stainless-steel statue by South Dakota artist laureate Dale Lamphere depicts an Indigenous woman in Plains-style dress receiving a star quit. According to the artist, the sculpture honors the culture of the Lakota and Dakota peoples who are indigenous to South Dakota. The sculpture...

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Jun 25, 2018 - Mount Rushmore

Our goal this trip was to take Ava to Mount Rushmore. The weather took a day off from rain, so we made it with a lot of other people. We had lunch after Mt. Rushmore and then headed to Bear Country. You drive through. As you can see, they have more than bears.

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Jun 23, 2018 - Rapid City, SD.

We went on to Rapid City and got into our reserved site as it was trying to pour rain on us. We made it just in time to sit and watch it. About an hour later we hear a crunch. Look out to see a 5th Wheel trailer scrape the back 1/4 panel on our Saturn, while trying to make a right turn. There was plenty of room, just a poor driver. I drive a motor home, because I do not like trailers. It is suppose to rain all day tomorrow, so we will see what we can do for entertainment.

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Aug 24, 2017 - Mount Riushmore and Jewel Cave day

August 24, 2017 Today was Mount Rushmore day, although we took our time getting there. Yes, it was a sleep in day. We did roll over there by about 11 am, and we saw the heads in the daylight for the first time for us. A little movie about the monument was pretty good (although it was made in 1985-guess that shows how timeless the monument is.) One thing I thought was fascinating: it took the sculptor and his (admittedly large) crew just 14 years to carve the whole thing—during the Great Depression and the Second World War no less. We...

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Oct 1, 2016 - Stockade Lake, Mt. Rushmore, Needles Highway

2016-10-01. Kayaking, Mt. Rushmore, Needles This whole Black Hills/Rapid City area is worth the trip out. Rapid City has a population of about 68,000 but it is spread out over the prairie. From the heights about town at night, you can see the city laid before you like a lit placemat covering the grasslands. The city is clean and filled with lots of nice restaurants. We did a lot of fun things here that I would recommend. Go downtown to see the bronze sculptures of all of the presidents on each corner of the downtown area. There are...

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Jul 14, 2016 - Day 10/ Day 11

Day 10 Today we took a drive down to see Mount Rushmore, on the way we stopped at the Crazy Horse Mountain memorial, which is a mountain sculpture in the making. It has been worked on for the last 50 years and still has many more years to go. The history behind its beginning and its sculptor were very interesting. We then took a detour on the way to Mount Rushmore and stopped at the Purple Pie Place and had some amazing homemade pie. Sean tried Raspberry Rhubarb Jalapeno and it was very good he said. Then on to see the Presidents in the...

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Jul 8, 2016 - Mt Rushmore

Friday, July 8 – on to Mt. Rushmore! Nice scenic drive up the mountain to Mt. Rushmore – unfortunately, I told Dan to turn at the wrong place so we had a somewhat long wait in line to pay for parking – admission is free but they charge for parking & no passes - $11….huh – taking advantage of senior citizens! I must say that in person, in looks a lot smaller and less impressive than the pictures! Well, just my opinion – still is a wonderful achievement, it just looks smaller than what I had thought! We listened to a nice ranger lecture on...

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Oct 3, 2015 - leaving Yellowstone and going to Mt Rushmore

On Wednesday the 30th we had Bette's oil changed. We had traveled a little over 10,000 miles and it was time for her second oil change and a little safety check--the last safety check cost me $1000 for new brakes. Well, they changed the oil--didn't check the brakes--but nothing was going to fall off and the only other thing wrong was a small exhaust leak in the front right. Since that was Debi's side of Bette I wasn't going to worry and off we went. Next stop was take on some provisions and it was only 10:30 AM. We decided that we had seen...

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Aug 10, 2015 - On to Cody, WY

Morning after Mount Rushmore found us heading west on a day's RV drive to Cody, Wyoming, an interim stop on our way to Yellowstone. The drive to Cody took us over many mountains and some very arid lower lands in Wyoming. When we got to Cody we set up camp and found that the Cody Rodeo was going to start at 8 PM. We had a quick supper in the RV and headed to the Rodeo. Cody is known for their rodeo's and we were not to be disappointed. When Pat asked Brandon if he wanted to go to a rodeo he said "yes" but as we got there and were entering...

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Aug 8, 2015 - Mount Rushmore with Brandon

Today is the big day that Brandon will fly in to Rapid City and join us for his adventure! We started the day by moving from our site at Ellsworth Air Force Base to Elk Haven Campground located on Rt 16 just South of Mount Rushmore National Park and just north of Custer State Park. The campground is actually a horse friendly campground and each site has a small corral available to hold horses that travelers bring with them. They can then ride in the National Park and National Forrest areas. There were about six sites that were filled with...

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Aug 4, 2015 - Crazy Horse and Mt. Rushmore

On Tuesday, we were up and about early as we had a full day planned! We headed out from the cabin on our way to see the Crazy Horse Memorial. This is a privately funded creation (a work in progress) that pays tribute to the culture, tradition and living heritage of legendary Lakota leader, Crazy Horse. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski began carving the world's largest ongoing mountain carving in 1948. Today, his family continues the work on the memorial which will stand 641 feet long and 563 feet high when completed (probably long after I am...

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