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June 17th 2015
Published: June 18th 2015
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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
Buffalo in a mudholeBuffalo in a mudholeBuffalo in a mudhole

Wind Cave NM, SD
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.

More later...

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Kerry and JennaKerry and Jenna
Kerry and Jenna

at Oreville campground in the national forest. No electricity, no water, no phone signal, no internet.
Jenna and the presidentsJenna and the presidents
Jenna and the presidents

Mt. Rushmore NP, SD
Profile shotProfile shot
Profile shot

Mt. Rushmore
Donkey closeupDonkey closeup
Donkey closeup

Custer State Park, SD
Mama and babyMama and baby
Mama and baby

Custer SP
Custer SPCuster SP
Custer SP

Almost all the animals are shedding their winter coats
Buffalo herdBuffalo herd
Buffalo herd

note all the young ones
Prairie dogsPrairie dogs
Prairie dogs

Custer SP
Minuteman Missile MemorialMinuteman Missile Memorial
Minuteman Missile Memorial

Jenna and Gena entering visitor center
Jenna and BobJenna and Bob
Jenna and Bob

Checking out the fossil trail at Badlands NP

Badlands NP. SD
Badlands BunnyBadlands Bunny
Badlands Bunny

I thought Jenna was going to be able to pet it.
Bighorn SheepBighorn Sheep
Bighorn Sheep

Badlands NP

20th June 2015
Young bighorn

AWESOME pictures Charlie!!!!! Looks like y'all are having a grand time. Can't wait to see all this first hand!!!!!!
21st June 2015

Love the pics of the buffalo!

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