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Oct 6, 2011 - Black Hills South Dakota/Custer/Mount Rushmore Oct 6-13th

After leaving the Badlands and Wall South Dakota on Thursday afternoon we took a short 110 mile journey over to the Black Hills National Forest right outside of Rapid City.. Got settled in at Custer's Gulch Campground where the actual General Custer camped back in the 1800s before getting himself and 200 of his men killed at Little Big Horn. Great spot up at 5,700 foot elevation just outside the town of Custer South Dakota. Temperature got very cool down to the 40s at night and 50s in the day.. Friday we went over to the Dinosaur museum...

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Sep 15, 2011 - Mt. Rushmore, Sep 15

Well, Wednesday was wonderful, but today, not so! Rain, rain, rain! We are taking a day off from sightseeing and will work on the Journal. Hopefully, I can get more input from our fellow travelers today. Yesterday we drove to Wall, South Dakota to see the famous Wall Drug Store. What a place! It takes almost a whole block on Main Street (what else?) and even has a big Backyard! You can see some of it in the pictures, but like everything else, it has to be seen in person to get the full effect. Ron & Carol found several bargains, and loaded...

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Sep 15, 2011 - Mount Rushmore

Sept 8th We woke up in Rapid City, South Dakota, in a Wal-mart parking lot. So we drove to a nearby McDonald’s parking lot for the free Wi-Fi and to eat our breakfast. This is Josiah typing so it may not be the same, anyway I went inside to check my facebook, then mum came in to check her E-mail’s so I went back to the motor home to eat breakfast. So I poured my cereal and at 2 bites and then Joel moved a box on the table and knocked my cereal bowl, milk and all, onto my lap soaking my shorts, and the cushion I was sitting on with milk....

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Sep 13, 2011 - Hill City, South Dakota-Sep 13

Finally reached Rapid City, SD! Actually staying at Rafter J-Bar Ranch & RV Campground in Hill City. Very big, grassy sites. Full hook-ups and all amenities. Huge place, and very clean. The ride in was fun! There is so much road construction going on in Wyoming and South Dakota that slow downs and delays are all over the place. There were a number of times on the road from Ten Sleep, WY that the road was down to one lane and detours through unpaved road were rampant. At one point, we were on unpaved road for 2 miles at only 20 mph! Just a...

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Sep 12, 2011 - Mt. Rushmore, Sep 12

Hve not been able to update for the past couple of days due to inability to access the internet. Had a GREAT visit to Yellowstone! Left there for the journey to Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, etc. Drove 270 milew to Ten Sleep, Wyoming. Yes, it is on the map. The ride out of the East Entrance to Yellowstone NP was over hill and dale! Climbed out of Yellowstone, and carefully down the other side. Ten Sleep is a very quaint little RV park with a neat antique/supply store. The owners are real Wyoming folks, down to earth and very accommodating....

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Sep 1, 2011 - From Deadwood to hangin' with the dead Presidents and one Crazy Horse

After a night of revelry in Deadwood, we were off to see Mt Rushmore National Monument. In spite of seeing many photos of this in history books, there really is nothing like the real thing. The story of how it was built was made even more interesting by meeting Nick Clifford, who worked on the monument from 1938 to 1940. Yes, that makes him about 90 years old and he was at the visitor center with his book "Mt Rushmore Q & A". Of course I bought one and yes he signed it. Relics like this man are not going to be with us forever. From there we...

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Aug 13, 2011 - Tennessee Bound

One last time Henry Lake, one more time back to Yellowstone and then making our way back home. We had a great time, and I hope you enjoyed our photo journal. America IS beautiful and we enjoyed seeing a good part of it. Although most of the roads were bumpy and full of pot holes, thus as life, you go over them and make the best of it, being thankful for the opportunity for the experiences. Till the next time, see ya'll!

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Tennessee Bound

Jul 26, 2011 - Mt. Rushmore

We stopped at a rest area because there was a big lightning storm and the kids wanted to watch so somewhere in the middle of South Dakota (Presho?) we stopped, the kids watched a storm and I went to sleep. When we woke up, we decided to get going while the kids were still sleeping, so we were off and they slept. We arrived at a town called Wall and stopped so I could make breakfast. Unfortunately, the roads were very bumpy and half scrambled eggs went all over the place. I went back to bed. Bill cleaned up, fed the kids and I continued to...

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Jul 26, 2011 - Rocks and Mountains

Random, I have decided, is the best word to describe South Dakota. Everything there is singular. We started out our morning (after the symphony of slammed doors at the hotel) at a bizarre landmark, Wall Drug in the town of Wall. It’s a drug store/tourist attraction, and that right there tells you how weird South Dakota is. Wall is famous for several things, as I understand it, and one of them is that you can have a free glass of ice water when you go there. We did, of course. Wall, where we stayed last night, is fortuitously located near...

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Domedreamer Wanders

Jul 18, 2011 - Mr Rushmore and CrazyHorse Monument

Beautiful drive through the Black Hills of SD to Rushmore. Can I say hot?like 105 degrees. Rushmore was amazing. The place was packed. We hiked around the Presidential Trail and topped it off with a bowl of buffalo stew for lunch. Yum Yum. From there we drove 17 miles to Crazy Horse Monument. Crazy Horse sculpture is so enormous you can put all the 4 heads of the presidents at Rushmore in his. Crazy Horse sculptors are currently working on the horse he will be sitting on. If you ever go there, take the school bus. The driver is very...

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Jul 15, 2011 - Mount Rushmore

The first order of business was to renew driver’s licenses so it was off to the DMV up in Rapid City. Next we headed to the Elk Vale Road branch of the Black Hills Federal Credit Union to open an account. All that took much longer than Jordon had hoped. So the day wouldn't be all work and no fun, we went to Mount Rushmore. We've been here several times before but it was a first for Jordon. We took the trail along the base of the monument and got some good pictures. We stayed for the ceremony retiring the colors and then headed to Walmart...

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Jul 14, 2011 - Mount Rushmore, SD, USA

We met with the rest of the caravan for the first time today. It seems like it will be another great group of people. We know 5 of the 15 couples from previous trips. We took a wagon ride to a chuck wagon dinner tonight. We had a cowboy do a little singing and then had a steak, potato, baked bean and peach cobbler dinner. It was wery tasty. We then rode over to Mount Rushmore for the evening show. As part of the show they light up the faces on Mount Rushmore, sing the National Anthem, and invite all veterans to come up on stage. Very...

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