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Published: July 18th 2014
Our first stop in South Dakota was the Badlands, which were beautiful! For miles all we could see were jagged peaks and deep ravines...and it just got better and better the further we drove into the park. The next day we went to a wildlife preserve and saw big horned sheep, mountain goats, arctic and timber wolves, Rocky Mountain elk, reindeer, pronghorns, mountain lions, and black and grizzly bears. After we drove thought the main park we saw 8 bear cubs which were crazy rambunctious, and absolutely adorable! Then we went to Sitting Bull Crystal Caverns, and crawled around 300 feet below ground, surrounded by Dog Tooth Spar crystals. That night we went to Mount Rushmore, where we watched a video in the outdoor amphitheater about how each of the four presidents shaped our country into what it is today. The mountain lit up as the movie ended, and there was a very moving and patriotic flag ceremony at the end. The next morning we went to the Crazy Horse national monument, which is enormous. The head of crazy horse, which is the only completed part, took 66 years to carve, and is as large as all four heads of Mt. Rushmore. Once the statue is completed it will be the largest in the world. From there we headed to Wyoming.
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