This first picture was actually from the night
of day 10. At Mt. Rushmore, they have a ceremony each night
that ends with the lighting of the figures. This picture
was taken about 10:00 PM at night.
Now back the next day. I know, two pictures, but it's Mt.
Rushmore. We were lucky to get this shot between rain showers.
This picture gives you an idea of the terrain in the Black
Hills (so named because the dense pines make the hilltops
look black from a distance) around Mt. Rushmore. You can
easily see how you could find a place to carve such a large
Just a deer we passed on the side of the road. We also
saw several prairie dog towns, but didn't shoot photos of
them today, since we saw them last week.
Our second planned stop of the day was at the Mammoth Site
in Hot Springs, SD. This excavation site used to be a sink
hole. The mammoths (and other animals) would go down the
steep sides to reach the water. They then could not climb
back out and so died. So far, over a hundred different mammoths
have been identified in a 130' x 165' area. The dig is only
60' deep. It was a very interesting tour with several chances
to view actual bones in the process of being slowly removed
from the earth. Nancy was disappointed she didn't get to
see their compact shelving where they store the items. Good
These buffalo appeared to be on a ranch. Many of the restaurants
in the area serve buffalo on the menu. Note the gray one
toward the right of the image.
Have you ever heard of Wall Drug or seen the signs or bumper
stickers for it? This drug store is a pretty famous place
in the area. It's really more than a drug store. It's kind
of a mini mall and museum. A cup of coffee here is still
The Badlands National Park is a place that Mike really
wanted to see. You can easily see where the name came from.
This is some very rugged country. Reminds Nancy of Star
Trek locations. This was taken in a wind so strong that
Nancy had to hang on to the car so as not to be blown over
The fun picture of the day. In Custer, SD we found Dino.
There's always a blow-up something wherever we go. You just
never know quite what it will be.
Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern #4003 is switching in the
Rapid City, SD yard in the morning.
This afternoon DM&E freight is moving west bound just
west of Wall, SD with #6096 on the point.
DME # 6093 in the Rapid City yard this evening. This and
the previous show several former CP engines with just enough
painted over to become DME.