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  • Joshrzmeup goes to North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming

    The family and I went to North Dakota for the main purpose of my brother's wedding. Why anyone wants to get married there is still beyond me (no offence to any MC'ers who may live there). But since the airfare was the same outragous price if we left the day after the wedding or stayed a few extra days, we decided to stay a few extra days and see the nearby sights.

    This place, I determined, was the the middle of nowhere. We saw very little while driving and saw very few towns and everything looked the same, so you couldn't tell what state you were in.


    We started with Theodore Roosevelt National Park, otherwise known as The Badlands, south unit. It was about a 40 minute drive from our hotel in North Dakota along a deserted highway.



    The view from the freeway:


    Now, we enter the park. You just stayed in the car and drove around and saw the sights, getting out occasionally to take pictures. Pretty much the entire park looked like this, with the exception of some deer and wild horses now and then.





    Next up, prarie dog town. They are such cute little creatures, but hard to catch with my camera.




    As we got near the end of the road, we saw this friendly animal walking next to our car:



    A few days later, after the wedding , we drive into Wyoming to see Devil's Tower. It was location in the middle of nowhere, as was everything else.




    There were a few trails you could take to walk around the base of the rock, so we took the mile and a half one. We even got to see men climbing the monument, and one reaching the top and waving and celebrating that he made it.


    So, that night, we drove into South Dakota, staying a a very nice hotel in a very small town, one of the few we came across while driving. First thing on the agenda for morning: Crazy Horse.
    It was about $25 to get into the place and then an extra $5 per person to take a bus ride to go near the mountain since you weren't allowed to walk.



    This is me in the tipi they had in the visitor's center.


    It was a nice museum to walk through and learn about Crazy Horse's life and other Native Americans who lived in the Black Hills. It was a bit cool outside, as that morning we had ice and a light dusting of snow, but it turned out to be a nice day.

    Next and last up: Mount Rushmore


    It was smaller in person than I had imagined it.

    We also took a trail around the mountain to get a better and closer view of the Presidents. As you got a good view of one, there was a plaque that told you about their life and what they had accomplished. That trail had many, many steps and it was hard to walk them at a high altitude.

    This was the view you got from the trail, no picture could do it justice:

    You could see for miles on end, so perfect.

    As we drove out and headed back to North Dakota, this fellow decided to stop by our car and say Hi:



    I may add more pictures, but this is all I have uploaded so far. But the minute we got back home, I was never more happy to see civilization in my life!!!
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    Re: Joshrzmeup goes to North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming

    It looks pretty barren Audrey - but still really cool landscape. Thanks for sharing!!
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      love the photos of mt rushmore and looks like crazyhorse is coming around, its looking pretty good!! thanks so much for sharing

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        Re: Joshrzmeup goes to North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming

        wat the heck is that thing?!?! he doesn't look real LOL LOL LOL


        How I wish I had seen some of these guys!!! I LOVE them!!


        You don't knoew how jealous I am of you!! I saw some of wyoming, but would LOVE to see the dakotas.
        Isn't the crazy horse monument supposed to be like 10 times bigger than Mt rushmore??? And hasn't it been getting done like for a reaaaallly long time??


        Thnak you thank you thank you for sharing!!!!!!


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          I went to college in Sioux Falls and have seen most of these sites...nothing like seeing a bison and hearing the collective gasp when you pull up close to one. They are huge and very calm creatures.

          The mountain goats are cool too!

          Thanks for sharing!

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            Thanks for the pics! How did the wedding go?

            The Badlands of Western North Dakota are inifinty more interesting
            than the farmlands of Easter North Dakota. (I had plenty of
            trips while I was growing up from Fargo to my grandparents house
            in south central North Dakota ~ 150 drive And COMPLETELY
            BORING!!!)

            At the current rate, Crazy Horse might be complete in another
            150 years or so ~ there is a little more of the face done, and
            the hole under his outstretched hand is slightly bigger than when
            I 1st saw it about 30 years ago, honest! You know, since the
            haven't started the horse, it will probably be more like 250 to
            300 years before they complete that "little" project!

            Oh, during any of your meals in ND, WY, SD, did you shape your
            mashed potatoes in the shape of Devil's Tower? I was really hoping
            for a picture of that
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              heres what its going to look like in many, many, many years from now


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                heres one more pic!


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                  Re: Joshrzmeup goes to North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming

                  Great pics Audrey! How cool to see the native wild life just wandering around like that! I've seen buffalo, but have never seen an actual wild mountain goat!! Too cool!!




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                    Re: Joshrzmeup goes to North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming

                    Beautiful. Thanks for the pix!

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                      Re: Joshrzmeup goes to North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming

                      Those were really nice pics! Thanks.

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                        Re: Joshrzmeup goes to North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming

                        Great Trip Report, Audrey.

                        I love the pictures of the buffalo bisons. So Mount Rushmore was small?

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                          My mother and her (my) family is from the Dakotas, but I've never been. I knew I wasn't missing much. Seriously, it is pretty, but I wouldn't want to live there.

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                            Re: Joshrzmeup goes to North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming

                            Originally posted by Aladdin View Post
                            Thanks for the pics! How did the wedding go?

                            The Badlands of Western North Dakota are inifinty more interesting
                            than the farmlands of Easter North Dakota. (I had plenty of
                            trips while I was growing up from Fargo to my grandparents house
                            in south central North Dakota ~ 150 drive And COMPLETELY
                            BORING!!!)

                            At the current rate, Crazy Horse might be complete in another
                            150 years or so ~ there is a little more of the face done, and
                            the hole under his outstretched hand is slightly bigger than when
                            I 1st saw it about 30 years ago, honest! You know, since the
                            haven't started the horse, it will probably be more like 250 to
                            300 years before they complete that "little" project!

                            Oh, during any of your meals in ND, WY, SD, did you shape your
                            mashed potatoes in the shape of Devil's Tower? I was really hoping
                            for a picture of that
                            I wasn't too thrilled to go to the wedding for many personal reasons and ended up being treated poorly by my now sister-in-law and even my own brother pretty much ignored me.

                            They started imploding for Crazy Horse in 1948. They say that all of Mount Rushmore will fit just in the side profile of Crazy Horse's head. Or at least that's what the video we saw there showed us. They say the reason why it's taking so long is because they work on donations and not federal money, the scultpers won't accept the Government's money to help with the project, or that's what they said.

                            I did enjoy the badlands, it was so beautiful compared to the solid farmland we saw during our looong drives. Half the time you couldn't tell what state you were in because it all looked the same.
                            Press today is so concerned with cool vs. not cool that they're starting to forget good vs. bad. I'm not sure I'll ever be "cool", but I will always tirelessly strive to be "great". - Josh Groban

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