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!!!