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... loop, and hit the Crazy Horse monument (which is absolutely incredible), Mt. Rushmore, and many other sites around Custer, including a drive through the incredible "Needles" area to finish the day. While up in this area, we (brilliantly) decided to do a short hike before dusk, but quickly turned around after the sighting of a fresh bear print, which led to us sprinting back to our car at ...
Our tour director is merciless. We had four national parks or monuments to visit today, and so we had to set an alarm.
Stopped at the last couple of overlooks in the Badlands NP as we climbed out of the valley, and took some pictures in the morning light which gives the rocks quite a different colour.
Just outside the park entrance was the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. Seems that there were over 450 Minuteman II missile ...
... the more pain I will have at the end of the day and often the next day.
Since we are only in the Black Hills and Badland area for two days, we felt like we wanted to see every possible sight we could.
Today started out cloudy and with strong winds. But, we will not be deterred. We started at ...
... park to the other side. On this trip, we stopped by the burros and took pictures. Checked out the Buffalo corral and then decided to do other dirt roads (2,4, & 5) back to the Blue Bell Lodge for lunch. S-buffalo burger J-beef French dip. Both very filling. Drove back the loop road to highway #6 which took us into the Wind Cave National Park. Saw many cute prairie dogs, a few buffalo and Pronghorn Antelopes. Stopped ...
... around the loop we came upon another large herd of Buffalo, and took a few more photos.
We stopped for lunch in Custer, and each had foot-long BLT Subway Subs (our favorite!)
During the afternoon, we headed north out of Custer and arrived at the Crazy Horse Monument. This was my (and Dolly's) first trip inside the attraction. Other times, I had just seen the huge stone monument still in progress from Highway 385. Upon pulling up to the ...
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