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This is a BIG continent! It was a LONG day! Via Sarnia, Ontario- Michigan- Indiana- Chicago, Illinois- Wisconsin- Minnesota- Spearfish, South Dakota. I got my much anticipated Green Bay Packers Cheesehead hats in Wisconsin! Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD was amazing. We stopped at Wall Drug in SD for free ice water ,) Neat place.., Now for some caving, checking out the Badlands and Hoodoos in the Black Hills tomorrow along with Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse, Lakota chief mountain ...
bringing thought to the song... Oh give me a home, where the buffalo
roam, where the deer and the antelope play (I think those are the
lyrics). Maybe it was writen about Wyoming, very pretty countryside.
June 16th – Day 43
Devils Tower is a National Monument,
rising out of the ground in the middle of nowhere. Ancient legend is
that Indian Maidens were playing ...
... found it was the remains of the Aladdin Tipple, apparently the original reason for the existence of the town of Aladdin. It was a curious looking building, and having no idea what a tipple was, I turned to my trusty Wikipedia. It turns out that a "tipple" is a building that covers an opening in a coal mine where the mining cars dump the coal down a chute in the tipple to an awaiting railroad car. Learn something new everyday!
... the Notch Trail was 1.5 miles, and was expected to take over an hour, and the Window Trail was short and would only take 10 minutes. We decided to drop the Notch Trail and go for the Window Trail, and when we got there, the Door Trail was right next door so we did them both.
So now we've done all we're gonna do in Badlands National Park, so it's off to the hotel. The temperature began to drop, and the clouds began to look more ominous ...
Left Sturgis early to get to Mount Rushmore before all the tourists. It's a beautiful morning and we arrive around 8:30am. Wow, it's really amazing. When you watch the information film and understand the amount of preparation, planning and work involved in this monument you come to appreciate it more. It took 17 years from start to finish. Just amazing. We left there and headed to the Crazy Horse monument, still currently a work in progress ...