Tag Archives: South Dakota

Wildlife Spotting At Custer State Park, South Dakota

What makes me smile, makes me happy? Hmmm… Well, the first thing that jumps to mind is animals. Like all the critters we saw at Custer State Park in South Dakota. Custer was South Dakota’s first state park and remains … Continue reading

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Crazy Horse Memorial, South Dakota

At a height of 6532 feet, Thunderhead Mountain is the 27th highest peak in South Dakota. More significantly, for the last 67 years it has been undergoing a remarkable transformation, into what will probably be the largest stone sculpture in … Continue reading

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Badlands National Park, South Dakota

After driving endless miles across the plains of South Dakota, the ground suddenly drops away. Seconds ago the grassland landscape rolled gently… …Now the ground on either side of the road is carved away in an continuous series of deep, … Continue reading

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A Private Viewing of Mount Rushmore

As Ailsa (of Where’s My Backpack?), correctly observes in her photo challenge this week, somehow snow makes everything look Clean. Even the smallest sprinkling can bring a brightness and freshness. And, to a certain extent, the same can be said … Continue reading

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Winter One-derland

Another week, another tenuous combination of travel themed photo challenges. Ailsa’s Where’s My Backpack? theme this week is ‘Winter‘, whereas the Daily Post’s word is ‘One‘. Here’s what I came up with…. And please don’t forget to follow me on … Continue reading

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Shoulder Season Serenity

Last week’s blog was mostly about a trip we made a few years back to (among other places) South Dakota in the middle of the off-season. We were lucky on that occasion, since the weather really cooperated, although we’d have … Continue reading

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Off-Season Travels

“South Dakota? In February? Seriously?” I lost count of how many times I heard something along those lines when we decided to head west in February 2009.  Yet it’s precisely that way of thinking that made it the perfect time … Continue reading

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