Journey (partway) to the center of the Earth
Trip Start May 01, 2010
29Trip End May 29, 2010
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We trekked on down the Needles Highway, named for the sharp vertical rock formations along the route. Very scenic and very winding, with several claustrophobia-inducing tunnels and lots of nifty granite formations.
We grabbed lunch in DQ and headed down to Wind Cave National Park without high expectations. We found the Wind Cave tour, conducted by Ranger Tami, completely enchanting. Tami is from Green Bay and did a terrific job of getting 20 tourists at the end of a hard day of touring involved in a geologic formation
Wind Cave is unique for what is known as "boxwork" formations, which I have tried to capture in the photos. The unique boxwork resulted in Wind Cave's declaration as the first protected cave in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt. This is one of the few tours we have taken that I consider a good investment. We both had a great time, and saw some really cool cave stuff. By the way, it’s always 53 degrees in the cave – chilly.
Tonight we rest in Hot Springs, S.D. Tomorrow: the long trek across South Dakota via Wounded Knee, and on to Sioux City, Iowa, tomorrow night.