Blogs from Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota, United States, North America

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Journey to the West a.k.a Tour of the American Monuments, Memorials and National Parks From 14th August to 1st September 2012 By Benjamin Boey Geography is one of my favourite subjects in high school. I always paid full attention when Ms. Geh explained the landscape and geological formation of the North America in a very stimulating approach. I scored a distinction for this subject for my GCE “O”level back in the 1980’s. It has always been my wildest dream to witness the massive eruption of the Old Faithful geyser in the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. I also had dreams of trekking down the gorges of the Grand Canyon to see how the powerful Colorado River created such mammoth erosion to the plateau. I received my US visa after completing a MBA course back in 2003 ... read more
Blackhills of South Dakota
An Indian teepee
Mt Rushmore


Hello from the Black Hills! We have finally made it to South Dakota, one of the places we looked forward to seeing most. We left out motel room pretty early yesterday, trying to get a jump on the road. We finally stayed at a motel that offered breakfast so I got to have toast and yogurt instead of the oatmeal I've eaten every day on the road. The drive brought us through southern Minnesota, from the woods to the plains. It was really different watching the scenery change, especially since I've never seen the Great Plains before. Just at the border we saw a giant field of windmills (?). They stretched on for miles in every direction and I felt like Don Quixote driving through them. We continued through and the border to South Dakota soon ... read more
Windmills
Battle Creek, SD campground
Badlands


BEFORE I START I just added a bunch of new names to be notified when a blog is published. I hope that is okay with y'all. This is the second blog for this trip, so you might want to go back and read the first. Not everyone knows our plan for this trip, so I will write that. Our prime goal for the whole trip is the Canadian Rockies -Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise - before the snow flies, so we left New Hampshire at the end of June (we travel slowly...) Next will be Vancouver and Vancouver Island, Washington, Oregon, and California. We plan to store the RV and car in CA while we fly home in mid to late October for the holidays, then return to them sometime in January. After "wintering" in CA, we'll ... read more


Carla: This week we visited Yellowstone National Park for a three night stop from Thursday to Sunday morning. The wildlife highlight turned out to be on our first drive through the park on our way to find our campground. We came from Montana and drove east through the herds of wild bison either side of the road; we were very impressed at their size and scariness. Suddenly we turned a corner and a chaotic scene confronted us. Cars and RVs were parked up on either side of the road, not caring whether there was a parking space there or not, some were just stopped in the middle of the road. People were out of their cars climbing up clumps of grass and peering through binoculars and camera lenses. We looked in the direction of their gaze ... read more
Grand View Yellowstone Canyon (7)
Bison (1)
Continental Divide

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Sadly we were in Cody for one night, so we loaded up and moved on again, this time with the music in my hands for the day, which I seemed to master, with several commenting how good the choices were. Anyway our destination was Deadwood. This town is the actual place where the HBO series is filmed, as well as the town where 'Wild Bill' Hickok was shot in the back whilst playing poker. It's where the name 'Dead Man's hand' came from, as Wild Bill final hand consisted of the two aces and two eights of the black suits. The town was a National Landmark and re-enacts the shooting, capturing and trial of Jack McCall daily. We headed into the Deadwood Theatre to tak... read more


Too tired to write these are big states that take FOREVER to drive through.... Yesterday, Summerfest in Milwaukee, Miller Brewery Tour, Milwaukee Brewers game (they lost) and random flip cup game. Today, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota. We checked out the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horses pronounced nose and the Black Hills. You check out our pics. Must sleep now, headed to Yellowstone in the morning....... read more
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I'm sure my traveling companions have already apologized for the lack of entries, so I won't. We've just been having a bit too much fun with too few hotspots available. It falls upon me to discuss with you the Black Hills as a region, a religious idea, and a national forest, as well as its underground adornment, Wind Cave. I had previously read about the Black Hills of course; they are sacred to the Sioux tribe, the natives got screwed over, they're now vacationland for rich whities, etc. I was somewhat skeptical, as I am wont to be on occasion. However, the impact those lands had upon me was formidable. There really are certain areas of this world that humans can sense; they are not just turf to grind our hooves into, forests to burn for ... read more
Prairie Dog
"Boxwork" formations
Alec tries to walk softly


Ron was right -the fun did start in South Dakota! The drive from Michigan is very long! One of the best parts is on highway 90 right at the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin. It is all hills and valleys where the small rivers feed into the Mississippi. There are stretches of S. Dakota that have acres and acres of corn and sunflowers. We are in Custer State Park which is on the western edge of the state about 70 miles from Wyoming. This park is enormous, 71,000 acres in the Black Hills. We are in the Blue Bell campground; there are 7 others. On the way to the campsite we saw one buffalo along the road and one in a campground, big horn sheep were coming down the side of a hill, also a deer ... read more
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If it’s September, we must be on the road! We’re headed to Rexford, Kansas, by the way of Mt. Rushmore. We spent several days in Rapid City, where we haven’t been since our girls were in junior high. Two things come to mind: things have really changed in Rapid City, and we must be getting old. Both of those thoughts are ok with me! The weather was windy and rainy (is this the summer for that???) so we didn’t do a lot of looking around, but we did spend most of a day at Mt Rushmore. They have developed it quite a lot in the past 20 years~~they have better walkways, and the museum of Borglum’s studio is much nicer. They have a program and lighting ceremony every evening, but we didn’t have sit-outside-and-watch-anything weather, ... read more
These are the original models
This was Borglum's original plan
The mountain was carved with




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