The Sun Also Rises, along with the wind!!

Trip Start May 01, 2013
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Trip End May 01, 2014


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Flag of United States  , South Dakota
Saturday, June 1, 2013

Greetings to all - We woke up to no rain and a lot of wind.  It took awhile for the sun to shine, but it finally did and we had a great day.  After a nice breakfast at the lodge, we were off and running.

Our first stop was to the fossil talk up on the Badlands Loop.  It was very interesting and also fascinating that they are finding new fossils all the time.  They even have a room where folks are working to clean them up and you can go in and watch.  They are learning all kinds of things about what used to live here many millions and millions of years ago.  The lower rocks are the oldest and the ones at the top the newest.  The older rocks were on the bottom of the ocean way back when (slightly before my time).  He had several fossils to show us from the ocean bottom and on up.  He even had a full alligator skull...hard to believe that this was once a tropical place!  

After our talk, we headed up to the area where you can see the buffalo.  The last time we passed by this dirt road we didn't know where it went and then we found out that this is where the buffalo hang out down below...so today off we went...and unfortunately, due to the rain of the last two days, the road was closed...so our only hope for buffalo will be during our stay at Custer State Park. 

I feel like I'm in the middle of a sand sculpture competition as I view these hills.  Some of the tops look like you put sand in your water bucket and then dripped the wet sand on the top of the turrets that you had made on your castle (those of you at Disney know that we ONLY make sea creatures into sand sculptures)!!!!

 We did take a couple of the trails today (the easy ones) and the scenery is still breathtaking.  Tomorrow is the last day here and then off to Custer State Park where we will meet up with Heather and Lars and Trent for 9 days.  Hopefully we will have great weather.

Dinner tonight was ice cream!  Love it!!!  No cooking for me tonight...

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Kathey on

Another day of outstanding photos. I feell like I am seeing the USA without having to travel thousands of miles :). Thanks!

Cathy on

Everything is so majestic and beautiful!
Have a wonderful time with Heather and the boys!

Pamela on

Thanks so much for the travel log. What fun to read along with you and see the fabulous photos. Isn't it just crazy to imagine the world the way the Bible describes? It was ALL tropical in the beginning. Crazy!!!

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