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Travels in the Black Hills

November 5, 2017

After we met Nana in South Dakota and had dinner together, we drove to see Mount Rushmore all lit up at night.  A few other people had the same idea, but we almost had the place to ourselves.

C with the “sculpture of the sculptor,” Gutzon Borglum.


We went back the next morning to see it in the sunshine.  The weather was gorgeous and it wasn’t crowded at all.  I can’t imagine what it must be like in the summer months.

We bought S his very own National Park Passport and everybody got a stamp in theirs.

3 generations: It was interesting to walk through the museum and see some of the working models of the monument as well as pictures and news articles from its time of construction.

After Mount Rushmore, we drove through the Black Hills towards Deadwood with a picnic lunch stop at Roubaix Lake.

26-37886733186_fccccca3ee_oOh look, Little A was on this trip!27-37886730826_0e70f31a27_o

22-37939885381_985c7e2b12_oDad found out that the baby will eat your nose if you get too close.
24-37939870821_1e91d119ac_oOne of many shots of C and D trying to get a jumping picture.  How do people do that? (And why do people always do that?)25-37886735586_861ed0e1de_o

It was great to get out in the fresh air among the pine trees for a while.

Then we drove up through Deadwood, which is very similar to Park City (old mining town but with casinos), then wound our way back into Wyoming towards Devil’s Tower.  We never did get around to watching Close Encounters of the Third Kind with the boys before we went, but did after we got home.  I don’t think they were that impressed by the movie, but it was fun to see where we’d just been.

Here’s the first view of the monument from the road:

39-IMG_0534Getting closer:28-devils-tower_37230428794_oFrom the ranger station:29-devils-tower_37886623846_oC was the only one who wanted to do the Junior Ranger badge.  You can print out the booklets at home now to get started on and we should have done that because, due to his age, he had to do all twelve activities in the book . . . and it was 30 minutes away from closing time.  So we all sat around waiting for him to furiously finish up the activities.  But he was able to get his badge just in the nick of time.

Waiting . . .

C being sworn in as a Junior Ranger:

30-devils-tower_37230433954_oWe left Baby S with Nana while we set off to hike around the base of the monument.  They were doing a prescribed burn that day so the trail was only open to the half-way point.
31-devils-tower_37909193882_oOverlooking the valley south from the monument:32-devils-tower_37939796581_o33-devils-tower_37230436944_o40-IMG_0542

As we were leaving, there was a group of climbers preparing to ascend the monument and camp out on the very top for the night.  I can’t even imagine!

Then we made it to Gillette in time for a pizza dinner, spent the night in Casper, and drove all the way home without incident the next day.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Nana permalink
    November 5, 2017 10:31 pm

    Great pics! It was a really fun trip.

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