First stop in South Dakota was Mount Rushmore National Memorial. It was completed in 1941, and is 60 foot high with carved faces in granite of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. What a work of art! Simply amazing!
My souvenir was a book signed by Don “Nick” Clifford, a former driller and winchman who worked on Mount Rushmore from 1938-1940.
On to Custer State Park with more buffalo!
Our favorite was the wild begging burros! Yes we fed them carrots!
Then to beautiful Sylvan Lake!
The town of Deadwood is known for its gold rush history and figures like Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane.
Spearfish Canyon has a beautiful lodge and several short hikes to fabulous waterfalls.
Unfortunately it was a rainy, misty day to visit The Badlands National Park, but the views were still stunning! The Lakota people named it “mako sica” meaning land bad. We stopped to have lunch and decided to take a hike into the foothills even though it was raining. After watching several people quickly coming back to the parking area, stomping their feet in great dismay, we discovered that the clay soil stuck to their boots like cement! Pays to be observant!
A little town known as “Wall” is famous now for a large tourist place called “Wall Drug”.
Wind Cave National Park was established in 1903 and was the first set aside to protect a cave. In the first picture the ranger held a ribbon that was sucked into the cave. It was a demonstration of how a cave breathes air in and out, just like our lungs do. The last picture is an example of boxwork, 95% of the world’s discovered boxwork formations are found in Wind Cave. It is also known for its popcorn and frostwork. It is currently the sixth-longest cave in the world with many unexplored passageways. The tour took a little over an hour descending 300 steps to 215 feet below ground level.
Another little western town “Hot Springs”.
The corn palace is located in Mitchell, SD and is a multi-purpose arena. It is decorated with more than 325,000 ears of corn sliced in half and nailed to the murals. Local farmers plant 10-12 different colors of corn. Each year there is a different theme.
South Dakota is a beautiful state! We wish we could have witnessed the beauty of all the Sunflowers at a earlier time of year. These are almost ready to harvest.
On to work at the Beet Harvest!