On Sunday, we got up really early so we could hit the road before traffic got really bad. There was tons and tons and TONS of driving, but we did get to feed the prairie dogs near the Badlands in South Dakota.They were so cute, and they were very funny. Some of them made noises as they reared up on their back feet that made them look like they were chanting, or at least very happy.
We left the hotel the next morning and had enough time to go to Mount Rushmore! I hadn’t been there since I was four, so I didn’t really remember it. It’s definitely big, and there was a lot of work put into it. Going to it now, since I knew more about the Sioux and their fight to keep the Black Hills area, I appreciated the work that the Sioux did to keep their land more than the monument the government put into the taken land.
Next, we drove some more and found a random oven in the middle of nowhere. It had a sign on it that read “OPEN RANGE.” At first I didn’t get it, but my parents explained that it was an Open Range (stove) on the Open Range (land). My one thought after that was why and how people would get a stove into a field.
By this point, we started seeing more and more wild white sage. It practically took up entire fields in one place! There wasn’t as much sage at Little Bighorn Battlefield (our next stop), but there were some wild horses and humongous dandelions (they evidently weren’t dandelions, but I don’t know their name and they looked like dandelions)! Little Bighorn had a lot of driving on a trail describing Custer and the “U.S. Army’s 7th Cavalry and the Sioux and Cheyenne in one of the Indian’s last armed efforts to preserve their way of life.” It was sad that so many died. The scenery and hills were pretty, though.
After the battlefield, we went to get food–Buffalo Burgers. They were delicious!
Stay tuned for part two – Seattle!