South Dakota

Trip Start May 05, 2011
Trip End May 28, 2011

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Dakota and I started the day off with a swim, in fact she woke me at 6am for a swim as I had promised her the night before we'd go first thing. I'm sure this child is due for a sleep in sometime!

We had heard about a major Western outfitters in Casper so we stopped in town to have a look (no, not for Kent and I, but Dakota - much cuter on a 4 year old). They had four floors of Western clothes, shoes, belts, etc. The children's section had a whole wall of Western boots. We did buy Kota some cute little boots, and called our Western shopping complete at that point.

Day 2 on the road in Wyoming was really a continuation of yesterday - straight roads, trains and slightly less trucks. However, as soon as we cross the state line with South Dakota the landscape did get more interesting - hills and pine trees. We were warned in a Wyoming gas station that Sth Dakota roads were very windy but we didn't find this to be so. They were all concreted and 2-3 lanes wide. I guess compared to where we had been they could be considered windy - ha ha - but nothing like home.

We detoured to visit the Mammoth Site in South Dakota. This is a fully working archeological dig site, almost entirely covered in by a huge building. the bones were found here back in the 1970s and they have been digging here ever since. Apparently the area used to be a sink hole which flooded with warm water in the ice age. The warm water caused grass to grow and the greedy (male) mammoths would go to eat the grass, slip in and not be able to climb out. They have found over 50 mammoths here already, and estimate there is still another 20-30 years worth of excavating to go.

After this visit we headed to Keystone which is a small historical village near Mount Rushmore, famous because Carrie Ingalls (from Little House in the Prairie) used to live here. The village was kind of cute and had lots of antique / junk shops to poke around in. I even found a Steinlager mirror in one! Unfortunately, most of the non-historical part of town was owned by one complex (hotels, restaurant, souvenirs, etc) and their service left a lot to be desired.
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