Today has been awesome. We got up before the sun rose which I really appreciated as we were able to watch the sun rise over the prairie horizon. We crossed into the Mountain time zone in Kilgore, Nebraska and enjoyed some long, flat, cattle-filled land. Toward the northwest section of Nebraska rolling hills took over the landscape much to our delight. The photo of the sunflowers were also in this section.
We took 385 North into South Dakota and quickly came into an adorable, western town called Hot Springs although there weren’t really any hot springs to be enjoyed. A few miles down the road, we stopped in the Wind Cave National Park where we went into the 4th longest cave in the world. It was quite the experience, although we were disappointed that we didn’t see bison while we were at the park. Becky you’ll want to note this: A park ranger told us he had recently seen a mountain lion right near the visitor center. We thought of you… I won’t lie. I have no desire to encounter a mountain lion.
After the cave, we stopped to see the Crazy Horse monument that is still in progress. It will be 10x the size of Mt. Rushmore, but our grandchildren might be able to see it complete at the rate it’s being made. The much anticipated Mt. Rushmore was next on our stops. It was incredible. The drive up to it is just as incredible as the actual mountain. We got some icecream, drove a half hour to Rapid City, and found a hotel for the night. We walked to dinner and to Walmart to pack up for our camping expedition in yellowstone.
We won’t have internet for the next two nights, and we haven’t been able to make the blogging work on Ryan’s phone, so this will likely be the last update for a few days. It was nice to talk to some of you today!
A note about our trip so far:
If we were to vacation, we’d go to:
1. Northwest Illinois to a little town that started with a g (I can’t remember right now).
2. To Custer, SD- incredible surroundings and great town.
We’re having a great time. Thanks for tracking our trip. Lots of love!