1: Our 2012 Adventure out West! October 22, 2012 thru November 1, 2012
2: Our first stop was in De Smet South Dakota at the Little House n the Prairie homestead. We visited Pa Ingalls first claim, the girls made jump ropes and corn husk dolls, and we got to explore the Laura wrote so much about. It was a magical way to start the trip..
4: Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village. Digging for arrowheads, observing a real archaeology dig, learning about dung, bison boats, touring Indian lodges- it was awesome.
6: Mt. Rushmore this amazing sculpture by Gutzon Borglum is breathtaking. We took the rode less traveled to get there but it was worth the view in the end!
8: South Dakota | After visiting beautiful Mt Rushmore we went back to Keystone and visited Big Thunder Gold Mine- talk about two guys that had zero luck. We also saw beautiful wood carvings in Keystone. In Mitchell there was the Corn Palace. At a Gas Station in Rapid City we found a taxidermy studio with every animal imaginable. On our drive the views have just been breathtaking. Every where we turn there is something fun to do here.
10: Crazy Horse | never forget your dreams | "My lands are where my dead lie buried."
11: Crazy Horse is the world's largest mountain carving. It is funded by the people. The mountain is Chief Crazy Horse is pointing to the lands and saying "My lands are where my dead lie buried.
13: sydney harbor bridge | The Wildlife Loop located within Custer State Park, offers the traveler a wide variety of experiences. There are open grasslands and rolling hills speckled with pine. Many of the park's wildlife species occupy this area and are commonly seen. They include buffalo, bighorn sheep, antelope, deer, elk, coyote, prairie dog, and numerous birds. Also, some of the park's wild "begging" burros live at the southernmost end of this road. The road follows the varied landscape offering views of the higher portions of the Black Hills, badlands, endless sky, and lush streambeds. The park is home to one of the worlds largest buffalo herds.
15: AYRES ROCK/ULURU the world's largest monolith and an Aboriginal sacred site is Australia's most famous natural landmark.
17: Hidden beneath the rolling prairie of the southern Black Hills 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 country’s seventh-oldest national park and one of its few remaining intact prairies. Secreted beneath is one of the world’s longest caves, Wind Cave. Named for barometric winds at its entrance, this complex labyrinth of passages contains a unique formation – boxwork.
20: Wild Horse Sanctuary
22: From playgrounds, school in the motor home, tree hugging, and lots of adventures this trip has been amazing.
26: Devils Tower | Wyoming
28: Badlands | South Dakota
29: Badlands These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Ancient mammals such as the rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat once roamed here. The park’s 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today.