Friday, August 3, 2012

Trip Out West Day Eleven: Last Day Fun

"Early" takes on new meaning while vacationing.  We were up "early" and on the road to drive the Wildlife Loop in Custer State Park by 9:30 a.m.  We turned off on the interior dirt roads in hopes of seeing lots of wildlife and we were not disappointed as we came across several pronghorn, prairie dogs and wild turkeys.

We stopped at the Wildlife Visitor's Center, one of only a couple stops we didn't make the day before.  We learned a little more about the animals of the park and the kids got a souvenir or two.

The center had a map with magnetic buffalo showing the location of the herd that day.  Lucky us, they were just up the road from there.

Just look at the size of this fellow:

 Jesse struck up a conversation with the herdsman who was on site, standing near his open truck door with a whip. His comment was that he was "just here to help the buffalo keep people off their horns".  Ha, ha ha!  That's why it's nice to have a sunroof for photographing from.

 Our last stop in the Park was the Peter Norbeck Visitor's Center and then we drove the Needles Highway to Hill City where we went and ate lunch with my grandpa and step-grandma.  We had a very nice visit with them but I'm the lamest granddaughter around because I didn't even take any pictures with them!

We found a service station in Custer to have the truck's oil changed and while that was getting done, we walked the main street.  They have these cool, artistic buffalo statues everywhere and I made the kids pose by each one.

 I would've only made them do one or two but Scott wouldn't stop complaining so then it was fun to tell them they had to keep doing it.  We threatened that we'd do them until Scott actually smiled in one.

And eventually  he managed.

There was no walking on by this place on our way back to pick up the truck.

And there was no driving by this place on our way out of town back to the cabin.  I think all in all we spent about $50 on rock shop souvenirs.  What can I say?  I'm a sucker for rocks!

Alarik had had it by the time we got back but I wanted to squeeze in a little more fun so Jesse stayed at the cabin with Alarik and Bekah, Scott and I ventured out to find a swimming hole.  We ended up finding a paddleboat rental as well so we did both.

What are they doing in this photo?  Your guess is as good as mine!

1 comment:

  1. Aaaand back to reality! Looks like you guys had a super awesome trip! Thanks for sharing!