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After a great day in Mesa Verde National Park, we traveled to South Dakota. On to Rushmore tomorrow.
June 9 - Day 3
Mitchell to Wall, SD, via the Badlands N.P.
Spent another first half of the day on the Interstate. Didn't get to watch the corn grow - it was raining to hard to see. Stimulus package going over well in SD, too. Never spent so much time driving on 2 lane expressways! SD must have better drivers - they let them go …
... that goes from Hill City to Keystone. Got aboard and promptly went to the top of Tin Mill Hill. That poor old steam engine was really working, let me tell you. It was a two hour round trip ride and filled with historical narration of the area, mostly as pertains to the mining that was paramount in the early 1900's. Left the train station to have lunch. Found a picturesque spot by Horsethief Lake. No table, so, of course, I ...
... and found a cave full of sparkling gems. At that time there was only about a mile of passages. Excitedly they filed a claim for the "jewel lode", but soon discovered that the calcite crystals were worthless. They then tried giving tours which also failed because it was only reachable by horseback. But it did gain some attention and was fortunately made a Nat. Monument in 1908. The main caves were a little better than Wind ...
Our drive through Wyoming and into South Dakota really made us feel like we were in cowboy country! For as far as the eye could see it was farmland and more farmland. We saw tons of cows, horses, and more farmland. We would go literally miles and miles and not see a house, a store, a gas station, just farmland. One of the small villages we did go through had a population sign saying 10 ...
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