Blogs from Keystone, South Dakota, United States, North America

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All packed and waiting to go to the airport in a couple of hours. This has been such an awesome trip. Rain and cold was in the forecast for the entire time, and except for a couple of tiny showers during drive time, the weather was perfect. To top it all off, last night when we returned to the hotel after an amazing dinner (more on that later), we were treated to a magnificent thunderstorm, with rolling thunder bouncing off the granite hills and lightening fireworks filling the sky. Some of them were so bright you could see George Washington’s sculpture during flashes. Rained for a long time and this morning I woke to a brilliant, warmer weather. Makes me want to stay longer. I spent this week with a fun couple from the San Fran ... read more

North America » United States » South Dakota » Keystone August 27th 2019

Driving across the country is awesome and something everyone should do. You learn so much and see so many things. This is a great land and it's so much fun to see how different it is in each state! In Iowa we couldn't get over the amount to corn and soybeans being farmed there. In South Dakota we saw more hay that I've ever seen in my life. They are also the top producer of sunflowers. The sunflower fields were beautiful though it was hard to get a picture of them from the Interstate and from a moving vehicle. It was a short drive to our first stop in Mitchell, SD. The guys needed to check out Cabelas and then we headed to the main attraction in Mitchell the Corn Palace. The corn place was built ... read more
Mitchell's Corn Palace
Mitchell's Corn Palace
Mitchell's Corn Palace


Our last day here Susan and McKenna did some shopping, Me? I went through the Big Thunder Mine and did some gold panning. Found a few flakes and some garnets. Walk across town did the sled/slide down a hill. Would have been awesome if the girl in front had been going faster. Have a video.... read more
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Spent the afternoon getting acquainted with Mount Rushmore. A very awesome monument, impressive achievement and vison to honor four great president's. Stayed till the evening lighting ceremony. The next morning went back did a hike under the face , got different angles of the carving. We then went to the Chef Crazy Horse monument. An other awesome example of engineering. Lunch in Custer at a very nice sandwich and ice cream shop . Lots of business in Custer. On to Custer State park to be stuck in traffic because a bunch of bison wanted to just hang out on and near the road. Ill let some of the pictures speak.... read more
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North America » United States » South Dakota » Keystone August 22nd 2015

Don't bother going to Mt. Rushmore. Really. Some national parks or monuments are worth it. The grandeur puts you in awe. Grand Canyon is one: you cannot imagine its immensity, even in front of it, but less so through a picture. Mount Rushmore? What you see is what you get. Your imagination is all you need. We were in and out of the park in less than 2 hours. There is little to do there, and not a lot to see besides the mountain. Sure, it's cool. But really not worth a trip. We also went in to see Rapid City, the city nearby, and get lunch. We found a dinosaur park that was just a bunch of giant dinosaurs on a hill. To a bunch of nerdy 20-somethings, it was AWESOME. What was also cool ... read more
From up closer
Dinos!
Crazy Horse monument-to-be (and completed face)

North America » United States » South Dakota » Keystone August 21st 2015

We're back! I know it's been a very (very) long hiatus, and most likely the only people to read this will be those who get the emails and those who they alert, but I figured I'd put my last few entries up tonight, just in case. Also, for those family members I haven't yet seen. Today, we drove. We drove for about 10 hours, to be precise, with only a handful of stops. The first 2-3 hours were, in fact, the best driving on the planet. Look it up. Trail Ridge Road is the highest paved road in the country, peaking at a bit over 12,000 feet, and it is curvy and windy, breezy and windy. Parts are above the tree line, views are out of this world, and the second half can be coasted in ... read more
We stopped for a short walk and a photo. Wow.
Hi Gladys!
That beautiful speed limit

North America » United States » South Dakota » Keystone August 30th 2014

It's late, we're tired, so NO BLOG FOR YOU! Signed: Ian the Blog Nazi. And if you don't get this, you need to watch more Seinfeld. See our short story in the 52 photos.... read more
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North America » United States » South Dakota » Keystone December 15th 2012

Our goal was to get to Rapid City, SD, where we would stay, relax, and visit with some friends from once-upon-a-time. We drove straight there, with no stops. However, there were places to stop, especially if you are travelling with children, so this blog is going to be about places we missed. If, by chance, we are ever back in this area again, we might even stop at a couple of the places... like... The Wind Cave. THE WIND CAVE is about 2.5 hours from Alliance NE North, or 45 mins South of Crazy Horse. It is a sacred place for the Lakota Sioux, and has been known to them for centuries! It was found again by Jesse and Tom Bingham in 1881, when they heard the air whistling out of the cave. Apparently, the wind ... read more
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North America » United States » South Dakota » Keystone October 14th 2012

Day 11 – Tuesday August 28th, 2012 We had reserved 2 nights in Keystone because there were several things in the area we wanted to see. The first thing on our agenda for the day was to go to Mount Rushmore. Mama had been there before with Daddy but this was the first time for me. The drive out to Mount Rushmore was pretty. It was interesting seeing it in person after only seeing it in pictures and on travel show for years. We saw the presidents then went through the visitors center and watched a video on the constructions. I was more impressed with Crazy Horse than I was with Mount Rushmore. After leaving Mount Rushmore we took Hwy 16A out of town. This road is a pigtail road with 3 tunnels which frame Mount ... read more
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North America » United States » South Dakota » Keystone October 10th 2012

Day 10 – Monday August 27th, 2012. We had breakfast at the Best Western. I was expecting it to be a continental breakfast but it was a hot breakfast. It was really good. They had a large selection on their buffet. We left Sheridan heading toward South Dakota. When we were in Moorcroft Wyoming, we saw a sign for the West Texas Trail Museum. Mama wanted to stop so we went into town and found it. It was interesting however it was not about the West Texas Cattle Trail it was about the history of the town of Moorcroft. It was free but they do accept donations. When we were in Moorcroft, we decided to take a detour and head to Devil’s tower since we had never been there. The temperature was 109 F so we ... read more
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