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Published: June 18th 2015
Monday, 15 June, 2015
After thunderstorms overnight, we woke to a beautiful morning. We drove to Chadron, NE, where we went past the house where Bob's grandparents used to live. Then it was north to South Dakota. At Wind Cave National Monument Jenna saw her first buffalo. We drove to Oreville Campground in the Black Hill National Forest south of Hill City, where we set up camp. We then went to Mount Rushmore, one of our favorite parks. Jenna got her 3rd Junior Ranger Badge there.
Tuesday, 16 June
Today is our 44th wedding anniversary. The five of us piled into our truck and headed out for adventures. Our first stop was Custer State Park, where we drove the Wildlife Trail. The first half was disappointing as all we saw were prairie dogs. But we finally came across the donkeys standing in the road. They seem to enjoy the attention as people take their pictures. They even had a couple of baby donkeys with them. At the Wildlife Visitor Center we finally saw a large herd of buffalo. They also had lots of babies with them. We drove up a dirt road
to get closer to the herd and were rewarded with views of calves nursing and the whole herd moving up the hill. Later we saw several pronghorns and prairie dog towns.
Next we drove to the Badlands National Park, but first stopped at the Minuteman Missile Visitor Center. It was a gorgeous day for visiting the Badlands, not too hot, nice breeze and cloud shadows on the formations. We even saw some bighorn sheep.
Wed, 17 June
We left South Dakota and drove into Wyoming. Eastern Wyoming is miles of grasslands with very few houses in sight, just cattle and pronghorns. We stopped early in Casper, happy to do laundry and charge batteries, not to mention showers and swimming pool.
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