Thursday, August 25, 2016

In which we visit Keystone, South Dakota


Keystone was another wild west kind of tourist town.  You know, the ones that the western part of theme parks are modeled after?  Only it's not in a theme park.  It's the real thing.

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Lex got tired of never being able to find his name on personalized things in tourist gift shops.  So, he finally decided that he wanted a sheriff badge that had his full name on it.  That there is Sheriff Alexander, y'all.

While we were in Keystone, we stopped for lunch at Teddy's Deli.  After all, Teddy Roosevelt is Connor's favorite president.  Also, they are supposed to be famous for their Reuben sandwiches.

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I don't know if you can tell, but Connor hates pickles.

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Look at that face he is making!  And he isn't even touching it with his bare skin!

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This guy?  He likes pickles.  So do I, so I don't know where Connor gets it from.

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We stopped at the fudge shop and got chocolate mint fudge.  And we went to the taffy shop and watched them make taffy.  We bought a few pounds of that, too.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

In which we visit Wind Cave National Park

We visited the Wind Cave National Park just at sunset, with the aim of seeing the wildlife there.

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The prairie is beautiful!

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We were able to see some elk!  And some prairie dogs.

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And we even found one buffalo.  Just the one, but we found him.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

In which we visit the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota


Remember when I took the kids to the Waco Mammoth Site?  This was very similar, but this time there were a couple of woolly mammoths! (Fine, like 99% of the mammoths were Columbian mammoths, but at least there were two Woolly Mammoths there.)

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We signed the kids up for the junior paleontological dig program, and it was wonderful.  They were given a portion of a dig site and all the tools they would need to excavate some mammoth bones.

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They unearthed some large leg bones.  The girls next to them found a short-faced bear skull.

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After the dig program, we took a tour of the mammoth site.  This area was a hot spring, and when the mammoths would come to drink the water and eat the vegetation that would have grown near the warm water, they would end up falling in and drowning.  Oddly, all the specimens that they have found so far are male, and most are Columbian Mammoths.

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There is also a museum on site, and we explored that as well.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Mount Rushmore

Of course, while we were in South Dakota, we stopped to check out Mount Rushmore.

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Before we got to the actual monument, we stopped to do a little rock climbing in the park.

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Official Mount Rushmore Family Photo 2016

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Things to do at Mount Rushmore:

1.  Hike
2.  Look at the monument
3.  Take lots of photos
4.  Eat ice cream
5.  Visit the gift shop
6.  Explore the museum
7.  Watch the movie about the construction of the monument

(We could have had dinner there, but we had already done that at the Crazy Horse monument.)

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We all got hot fudge Oreo sundaes from the ice cream shop.

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The more photos we took, the sillier the boys got in them.

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It's really a wonderful thing to go see.  I'm really glad we took the boys to visit Mount Rushmore.

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