Spectacular. I love some of the less-traveled areas and parks (not necessarily talking about Rushmore here). Some of my favorites are Big Bend NP and Guadalupe Mountains NP down in SW Texas. But I've got SD on the list...
Good stuff! Have been through there a bunch of times. Did you stop at Devil's Tower? Wall Drug?
I was going to ask if he got his free ice water!
I use a Wall Drug mug for my hot drinks at work. I wasn't too impressed with the place, but it was better than the Corn Palace and the mug is cool.
My wife has been trying to visit all the major Little House on the Prairie sites, so she planned our trip to SD. We started out with a 3-4 day stay in the Black Hills that included a day trip to Devil's Tower. My wife saw prairie dogs in the wild for the first time in her life on this leg and couldn't stop lauging and crying, and I really got a kick out of the burrowing owls that lived in abandoned prairie dog tunnels. Left really early one morning so we could take some time to look around in the Badlands, had a late lunch at Wall Drug, and then drove out to a small hotel in De Smet. The next day was all Little House, and the staff there really got a kick out of my daughter wearing a "prairie dress" that my wife had made for her.
It was a fun trip, and pretty light on the wallet. I think my wife has seen all the major Little House sites now, the last was basically a rest stop where the "Little House in the Big Woods" was in Pepin, WI.
How close were the bison ? Great pictures. Thank you
Some of them were really close... within 10 feet of the car.
There were pastures full of them in some places.
The bears were also just as close, sleeping or walking by the side of the road, although they were on a much smaller enclosed private property that you could drive through. They had a bunch of cubs as well, but they were mostly sitting in a shed with poor lighting so my pics of them did not turn out too well.