Bear Country USA, SD

August 30, 2015

For this trip, it was only E-Man, Princess, Super Man & I.  For me, it was so worth the money spent.

First, we saw big horn sheep, mountain goats, & elk.  We’ve already seen all of these on our trip so far, so these weren’t as exciting.  But they were still cool.

Then the traffic slowed way down, and we saw this.

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At first, I thought it was a rock.

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But as we got closer, I realized that that rock was actually a bear.  We were ecstatic!

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(Oh, and obviously, we weren’t allowed to roll our windows down to take better pictures. So pictures were at the mercy of the windshield.)

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We love bears.

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A lot.  They are so fun.

At least as long as I’m in the confines of my car and they are well fed.

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They also had wolves, which we didn’t see an, and mountain lions.

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Another fun spot was baby land.

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Superman learned the word bear on this trip.

May God bless your socks off!

Rachel


Hill City, SD

August 29, 2015

Hill City is a great little town.

And the RV park we stayed at was nice too.

Maybe not my favorite, but definately nice.

It was connected to a great bike trail that we utilized frequently.

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And by frequently, I mean, every time Handsome Hubby had time off,

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or going anywhere else fun, we (eh-hem… Hubby & the kids) were on the trail.  (I did go out once or twice… just not so often…)

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The great thing too was that it went straight to down town.

Once Handsome Hubby took just the boys for “guy time” and Princess and I had “girl time”.  The boys got a giant ice cream sundae.

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And it also had this great wood carving shop.

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No, we didn’t buy anything, but it was sure fun to look at and experience.

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May God bless your socks off!

Rachel


Needles Highway, SD

August 28, 2015

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I wasn’t sure what to expect when Handsome Hubby excited told me that he wanted to go on Needles Highway.

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He warned me that it was twisty turny and so I thought I was going to hate it.

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But I didn’t.

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In fact, it was really fun.

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Along the way, there was a really neat spot where you could get out and climb on the rocks.

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This was especially memorable spot for C.J. as he got his foot stuck in a crack trying to climb out the back way.

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Thankfully, Handsome hubby was able to shimy back there and get it out of the crack.

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This is the eye of the Needle.

I think it’s what Needles Highway is named after.

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Or maybe it’s the hair-pin turns.

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We thought this was pretty cool, too.  Every tunnel, we would shout, “TUNNEL!!!”  And then “Ooo…” and “Ahh…”

I know, we’re weird.  That’s okay.

By the way, we did actually fit through this tunnel… barely… it’s a one lane tunnel.

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These guys were pretty cool to see too.

They were munching along as if they see people in cars stop to take pictures and stare at them all day.

Maybe they do.

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There are also several trails to stop at along the way.

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Needles Highway was definitely worth the trip.

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May God bless your socks off!

Rachel


Wind Cave National Park

August 4, 2015

2015-06-21 13.18.25Wind Cave is sort of a special cave.

It was named the 7th National Park in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt.

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It’s actually a pretty small cave in terms of square mileage.  However, there are levels upon levels of tunnels, one on top of another.  It’s actually called the most dense cave in the world.

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And this is the natural opening.  It blows out cold air like an air conditioner.

The hole was small.  Small enough, that our guide says she’s seen 180 pound guys barely fit through it.

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Thankfully, we didn’t have to go through the natural opening.  We went through a door, or more specifically, an air lock.

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Another reason it’s so special, is that it’s one of the only caves in the world that has what’s called Boxwork.  According to our guide 95% of the worlds Boxwork formation is found in Wind Cave.

It’s also known for having Frostwork.  Frostwork, kinda looks like patchy frosting on the roof of the cave.

It kinda reminds me of bird poop…

If birds could poop up…

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The first tours that were ever given were done by candlelight by an 18 year old named Alvin MacDonald in February of 1892 for 1$.  He loved the cave and even kept a cave journal.  He had been exploring the cave since he was 16 & discovered and mapped out the first 8 – 10 miles of the cave.  Alvin died less than 2 years later, at the age of 20 in December of 1893, of typhoid fever.  His exploration and mapping was so extensive that it wasn’t until 70 years after his death that major new passageways were discovered.

That was one thorough dude.

May God bless your socks off, as He has ours!

Rachel


Custer State Park, SD

August 3, 2015

Custer State Park.

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It was beautiful.  But my favorite part, I have to say, was seeing the wild buffalo.

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At first I thought it was a funny looking rock.  And then I looked closer.

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These big beautiful beasts were just munching along as we watched.

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Like big, hairy cows.

I was so excited; I was beside myself.  The last time I saw buffalo, I was 9 years old.  The age Princess is now.

God is so cool.

May God bless your socks off, as He has ours!

Rachel