custer state park

Video: South Dakota

So, this is my last post for thisĀ series about my trip to South Dakota. I had a blast the entire trip, and I put a ton of pictures together in a little (again poorly made) video. (Me and iMovie really don’t get along). So, enjoy!

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South Dakota (Part 2)

As I told you in my last post, this post will include the most exciting thing we did in South Dakota.

Donkeys.

Day 3

At about 10 in the morning we drove to Custer State park, to drive through the Wildlife Loop. We were fully prepared, we went to a little supermarket to buy carrots.

Sadly, we went too late. Most animals were already out in the woods where we couldn’t see them. We did see a lot of buffalo though, which was really awesome.

After seeing the buffalo, we finally saw what we (I) came for. The Donkeys! I don’t think I need to give any further explanation, just look at the pictures.

After the Wildlife Loop, we went to Needles highway, which was gorgeous. We stopped at a lot of amazing viewpoints and drove through there very tiny tunnels. The one thing we didn’t see, was the Needles Eye…

After not seeing the Needles Eye, we decided to go see Mount Rushmore. I spend most of my time trying to figure out which state was the first one to be admitted to the Union, but seeing the actual sculpture was very impressive.

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After hanging out at Mount Rushmore for a little bit we went to Keystone for supper. After Keystone, we decided to do the Iron Mountain road, and as Iron Mountain Highway would go right into the Wildlife loop, we decided to go see the donkeys one more time.

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Iron Mountain road gives you a great view of Mount Rusmore!

Day 4

New day, new chances. So, off we went, determined to see the Needles Eye. It was a little bit of a search, but in the end it turned out to be right in front of our faces.

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After seeing the Needles Eye we went on a little hike, which was gorgeous, just like everything in the black hills, and after that we went to bear country.

I was very excited to go to bear country, but to be honest, it was a bit of a disappointment. Not all animals were there and the park was very small. The baby bears were adorable though.

After Bear Country we did some shopping in Rapid City, and we continued our trip to Belle Fourche. In the next post, we’ll travel past South Dakota, so stay tuned for that.

South Dakota (Part 1)

When traveling to the US, South Dakota is usually not the first place people want to go and see. When my parents came to visit, we did decide to go to South Dakota for 7 days, because it was a short drive and because my host family could not stop talking about how much they liked it there. In this blog post, I’ll tell you about the first 2 days!

Day 1

So, off we went. The ride to Rapid City was not too bad. On our way there, we stopped to see Sioux Falls. It wasn’t too special or anything, but it was a nice place to stop for some air and I got a chance to take the first pictures of the trip.

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After a quick stop in Sioux Falls we continued our trip, and after another quick stop in Wall, we drove to Rapid City, where we had a hotel already booked.

Day 2

We knew it would be way too hot to do much, so we decided to drive to the more northern part of the Black Hills. Here we took a scenic byway, and we drove through the little town of ‘Deadwood’.

As you can see, my parents made me cross the wild wild river, which was a bit scary at first, but at least we got to see the pretty waterfall!

After deciding it was really too hot to do anything else, we drove all the way down to the southern part of the black hills, because we had an hotel booked in Custer. On our way to Custer, we realized we were so close to Crazy Horse Memorial, that we decided to stop there for a little bit.

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The top picture shows what the monument looks like now, and the bottom pictures shows what it is supposed to look like once it’s finally finished. Besides just the memorial, they are also planning on building an entire college for the Indians.

We just relaxed the rest of the day, and that night, we went to see a rodeo! It was very hard to take good pictures, but I tried.

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After the rodeo we just went back to the hotel, because we had some very exciting plans for the next day, which you’ll see in my next post.