Wind Cave and Crazy Horse
Trip Start Aug 17, 2008
23Trip End Oct 2008
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Wind Cave is a pretty interesting feature - it's one of the few large caves in the world not formed by an underground river. It's also home to the only known formations of what's known as 'boxwork' - a honeycomb-like latticework of minerals jutting out from the cavern walls. I took a bunch of photos in the cave, but unfortunately none of them really came out. The lights in the cave were too dim to get good definition without a flash, and the flash was so bright that all the detail got washed out. I've got one semi-decent shot of the boxwork, but the rest aren't worth uploading.
Went on from there to Crazy Horse, which as the name suggests is a monument to the Lakota chief of the same name, murdered by a US soldier under a flag of truce
Anyway, the Crazy Horse monument is a mountain carving like Mt. Rushmore, but it's only just beginning to emerge -- the face is pretty much done, and you can start to see the outstretched arm and horse's head. Also, it's on a much grander scale than Rushmore - something like 10x larger overall. More info here.
On the way back to the campsite I dallied briefly at the extremely picturesque Sylvan Lake, and then almost hit a buffalo.