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Monday, July 4, 2011

South Dakota Trip Part II

 There were also antelope at Custer State Park.

 The donkeys were real friendly and you were allowed to feed them.  Here's Paul feeding one that was out in the field.

 This cute little lady is obviously preggers.  She had the sweetest eyes.  She was hanging around the parking lot getting fed and petted.  She's no dummy!

 Here's Crazy Horse.  Did you know that sculptor Korczak Ziółkowski started creating Crazy horse in 1948 and he originally thought it would take ten years to complete.  It was commissioned by Lakota elder Henry Standing Bear. He and his fellow chiefs wanted the white man to know that the red man had famous heroes too.  It is on private land and operated by the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, which is a non profit organization and they haven't accepted any money from the government.  They want to create this monument their way.

Paul and I were driving around one evening between Deadwood and Spear Fish, South Dakota and came across this beautiful waterfall.  We were on a twisty and windy road with a creak along the side of the road the whole time.  I'd say the creek was following the road, but we all know that the road was following the creek.  Just beautiful scenery!

 On our way to Devil's Tower in Wyoming, there was this area where you could pull over.  To the left there sat Devil's Tower, and to the right you could climb a little hill up to a fence and view a canyon.  This beautiful flower was growing on the other side of the fence, and I can't resist taking a photo of a flower.  I mean seriously.  : )
 This is Devil's Tower.  We walked a 1.3 mile hike around this bad boy, and it was hot!  If any of you go to see Devil's Tower, bring a water bottle with you on your walk.  The path was all paved and just beautiful going up and down, twisting to the left, then twisting to the right.  Some beautiful views from there.  Also, wear your tennis shoes.  I wore flip flops and got a blister.  Ya, I know...but it was so hot!

Paul's parents opted to not do the 1.3 mile hike.  They sat in the shade and talked to other people.

Cute little Prairie Dogs were at Custer Park and by Devil's Tower.  This little guy wasn't too far from the road so I was able to get some decent shots with my zoom lens.  Never get close to these little guys because they are wild, will bite and probably have rabbies.  Oh, and apparently rattle snakes and black widow spiders like living in abandoned prairie dog burrows.  Yikes!

This is the entrance to Broken Boot Gold Mine at the edge of Deadwood, S.D, where we took a half an hour tour.  I put my camera on night portrait and it turned out pretty good!  

Thank you for visiting and I wish all of you Americans a Happy and safe 4th of July!  For the rest of you, have a safe and wonderful day!
hugs ~Brenda


Lee Pierce said...

Great photos, Brenda.
Thanks for sharing your trip - it's like a little vacation and I never left the comfort of my AC, lol.

art2cee2 said...

Love your photos! South Dakota is one of my favorite places!

Marlene said...

Thanks for sharing Brenda, the photos turned out really good. I would love to visit there sometime.

maddyrose said...

Thank you Brenda for the great post. I've never been to South Dakota so so I'm really happy that you've shared these lovely photos. It really is like taking a mini vacation without leaving home.