Black Hills South Dakota – Part 2

Great Faces – Great Places

Mt. Rushmore
Mt. Rushmore
Crazy Horse Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial

You will see these words – Great Faces, Great Places – on the license plates in South Dakota.  I think it really captures the essence of the most popular attraction in the state – Mt. Rushmore, but also highlights that it has much more to offer.   In addition to Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse we loved the town of Deadwood in the north and its counterpart, Keystone in the south.  Then there are Continue reading Black Hills South Dakota – Part 2

Blackhills South Dakota – Part 1

Early Deadwood Saloon
Early Deadwood Saloon

I’m setting here on an overcast cool day in the Black Hills and am trying to catch up on my posts.   I had to download lots of pictures and organize them, then decide how best to write about our experiences.  The Black Hills are located west of the Badlands and, in my opinion, really divided into north and south with Rapid City being the dividing line.   We headed north first and stayed at Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort (highly recommended) which seemed centrally located to the area.  Deadwood, Sturgis and Lead are three of the towns in the Continue reading Blackhills South Dakota – Part 1

Minuteman Missile Historic Site

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, we occasionally stumble upon a gem like we did with the Buddy Holly museum in Clear Lake, IA.  Well, it happened again while we were exploring the “Loop” road for the Badlands National Park.  It is the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.  For someone that grew up during the height of the Cold War with Russia I remember the monthly air raid siren tests, the instructions to take cover under our desks at school, and my parents reviewing plans for a bomb shelter.  This site chronicles Continue reading Minuteman Missile Historic Site

Badlands National Park

Sunset in the Badlands
Sunset in the Badlands

The Badlands are amazing in that they just seem to pop up out of the prairie and then extend for miles in all directions.  We found that the best way to view the park is by driving the Badlands Loop Road which starts either in Wall, SD on the west side or Interior, SD on the east.  We started at Interior and drove west.  You should definitely Continue reading Badlands National Park