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South Dakota Vacation | Personal

Life has been such a whirlwind lately. As my siblings and I grow older, it’s a challenge to have family time. The second week in May, we were able to take several days and head to South Dakota. Andrew was unable to join us for the week but we were delighted to have Granny come with us. We had a terrific time together and thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful scenery of the Black Hills and the Badlands.

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South Dakota had several inches of snow a few days before we got there.

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Shortly after we drove into South Dakota, we heard a loud “pop” and our van began experiencing difficulties. We slowly made our way to the nearest exit only to discover that we were still some distance from a town. We spotted a oil and tire company and figured that they could at least point us in the right direction. The manager graciously allowed our family to camp out in the break room while our van was towed. God miraculously worked out the details and the necessary parts were found and repairs were made in less than three hours! God is good!

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The scenery was breathtaking.

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Pardon the well-loved and dirty sweatshirt. [grin]

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Visiting Mount Rushmore was one of my highlights of the trip. Pictures just don’t do it justice. The sculpture is just incredible.

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The visitors’ center was fascinating and informative. Did you know that the sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, had originally planned for Jefferson to be to the left of Washington (as seen above in the studio model)? Due to faulty rock, the original Jefferson was blasted away and moved to the other side of Washington.

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I love this picture of Joseph and Nathan.

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We were hoping to see bison up close and this fellow kindly obliged by standing about three feet away from the road.

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This rock formation, located in Custer State Park, is known as “The Needle’s Eye”.

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We took a day to drive through Badlands National Park. The rugged beauty is amazing. We spotted this sign at one of the viewpoints along the way.

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My lovely parents

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Granny snapped this picture of us.

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Jonathan surveying the land.

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This picture depicts the many layers of sediment and rock.

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One of our outings included a hike around Sylvan Lake.

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Some of us enjoyed climbing really high. If you look closely, Benjamin is proudly standing at the very top of that rock formation.

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You could see the Crazy Horse Monument from our cabin.

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Goodbye, South Dakota! We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.