Sunday, October 13, 2013

South Dakota!

Last month we went to South Dakota. My mom and dad got a condo in Lead which is close to Deadwood and we are so thankful they invited us. Between Rapid City and all the historical interests close by, there is a lot for a family to do. 
Our days were full of adventures, and in the evening, the kids got to swim. 

First stop: Corn Palace in Mitchell
 A butterfly we found by the road of a rest stop
 Reptile Gardens on Sunday after Mass

(Not a reptile)

 Maniac is 16 feet long and 1250 lbs!

 How to wrestle an alligator

After the giant tortoises, Mena was happy to see "A baby turtle"
 Xavier needed help being taller
 King Cobra

 Fossil of the largest sea turtle that roamed the earth was found in South Dakota
Magnets: so many uses
 Zipline at Rushmore Cave

 Devil's Tower

 Free ice water at Wall Drug! It's how they got their business going.


I just can't resist. She looks like an angel.

More pictures of Rushmore cave 

 My Dad has gotten Dominic hooked on Geocaching ) about 19 on this trip/
 At Crazy Horse

" My land is where my people are buried"

 Adam's Museum
" Know your presidents!" ending with Eisenhower

It's hard to see, but it was a double rainbow!
 Mount Rushmore

Devil's Tower
It had hailed right before we got there

There were lots of other adventures too. Cosmos house was a favorite. We also did Bear Country, saw a re enactment of Wild Bill Hicock's Dead Man's hand, Mt Moriah cemetary, Adam's house, Geology museum, black hills gold factory, glass blowing observations, and we were only gone a week!