South Dakota - 3 Days, 3 Parks, Chuckwagon Grub
Trip Start Apr 16, 2009
32Trip End Jul 12, 2009
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Rapid City, South Dakota to Mithell, SD
Who knew there was so much to do in the Black Hills of South Dakota? This is a big recreational area with all kinds of "touristy" attractions as well. We got to Rapid City, SD, Tuesday evening after visiting Devils Tower in Wyoming on the way. We stayed at the Rapid City KOA, arriving in the driving rain. In fact, it seems it's been raining almost every day.
Wednesday we visited Wind Cave National Park, 60 miles SW of Rapid City, passing through a quaint, touristy town, Hot Springs, SD. We took the Fairgrounds Tour at Wind Cave, 1 ½ hours, ½ mile walk in the cool caves. These caves differ from what we know in VA, Luray, for example—no stalagmites and stalactites. Instead there are formations called lacy "boxwork" on the ceilings
Afterwards, we traveled through the amazing Custer State Park. Mike had been on this route before, but Linda was very surprised at the scenery: the Needles rock formations
Thursday we made it to Mt. Rushmore
Friday was our last day in the Black Hills area, and we spent it at the amazing Badlands National Park. This is as close to the moon on earth as you can get.
On Saturday toward the east side of South Dakota. The states out here are so much bigger. Saturday, July 4, was non-eventful, a whole day driving across the Great Plains.
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Where I stayed
Rondees RV Park