Friday, June 27, 2008

Last night in South Dakota

Well, it's our last night in South Dakota. We're back in tents, the weather appears to be clear (and cool, thankfully), and tomorrow we head west in to Wyoming.

Today's travelogue: Got up, packed up, moved to the tent site, set up the new tents and the surviving old one, then hopped in the monster Jeep and headed to Jewel Cave National Monument for the "Scenic" tour. It was sweet. Not your standard issue "lots of stalagmites and stalactites" cave, but still really cool. And we had a great ranger for the tour, which always makes things good.

After that we hit the Crazy Horse memorial, which is insanely impressive. Apparently we completely blew it yesterday...June 26th is Mrs. Whatshisname's birthday and they do a "nighttime blast" on her birthday every year. I heard it, but apparently it was an awesome sight. Anyhow, the visitor center is super sweet, although the "orientation" movie was a bit cheesy and packed with sales pitch. Because the whole visitor center thing is a way to raise money to continue carving, because they aren't taking any state or Federal money, which is pretty cool. Anyhow, if you find yourself in the Black Hills it's definitely worth the stop, and while $27 per car is steeper than Mt. Rushmore, it's for a good cause!

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