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We are having the most awesome adventure! On Friday, we headed west, made a pit stop at Wall Drug (one MUST make this pit stop if one is in SD), and then toured through the Badlands. What a spectacular sight! Nick had to climb every hill to get the best picture (and scare his mother half to death I might add), as Donna admired the views from the …
... t as unpleasant as it sounds. After leaving, we headed towards the East entrance of Yellowstone, driving in the pitch dark. It was easier said than done - often when rounding a corner you came across a whole herd of elk on the road. As cute as it was, the thought of hitting one was somewhat terrifying.
After driving through Buffalo Bill State Park, we decided to stop in Cody, Wyoming for breakfast. It was quite a nice little town with real cowboys and ...
... and walls. Well that's the science lesson for today. Very interesting.
For our last stop of the day, we went to Mammoth Site in Hot Springs. This is a huge deposit of bones and skeletons from over 60 Mammoths that have been found, so far. It is surmised that there was a cave in this area much like the Wind Cave. However, the land over this cave collapsed in on itself forming a big sinkhole. Over time, ...
... hardly knew Calamity Jane who was an alcoholic. After his death, she spun a fantasy about being his lover and her dying wish to be buried beside Bill was granted ( bet his wife was annoyed!). We see the graves and wander around the town. Main Street seems to have a lot of souvenir shops and biker bars so a little confused about the "best preserved" tag, but it is interesting. Despite it not being biker week, there are lots and lots of Harleys driven by ageing ...
... to Mt. Rushmore very early and ate breakfast in the camper. We took the President's Trail which is about .6 miles and allows different perspectives of the "heads' and is a nice shaded walk with benches. We stuck around after taking the requisite photos, and left before the crowds came.
Miles July 3: 82; total miles for the trip 2799
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center