Thursday, May 3, 2018

Road trip day two

Carol and spent our first night in South Dakota at a beautiful, historic inn in downtown Lead.
We woke up bright and early the next morning, ate breakfast in Deadwood... 
then drove through the Black Hills to Crazy Horse.
The Crazy Horse Memorial is an in progress mountain monument, similar to but much larger than Mt Rushmore. When finished, it will depict the Oglala Lakota warrior, Crazy Horse, riding a horse and pointing into the distance. 
Trisha and I visited Crazy Horse in 1991. Progress has been made since then, but there's still a long way to go. 
While we were there we spent some time in the visitor center and museum.
I especially liked the horsey artifacts, including this fabulous beaded costume. 
After Crazy Horse, we headed south to Hot Springs. Almost immediately, we crossed paths with a herd of pronghorn antelope.
I see pronghorn occasionally on the prairie east of Denver, but I've never happened upon them when my camera was in the car.
This was so exciting!
Then we drove a little further and came upon our road trip's first buffalo.
Click, click, click! 
After such a great drive I was almost sorry to reach our destination.
Just kidding! I was actually really, really, really excited to return to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary.
We arrived nearly an hour before the start of our tour, which gave us plenty of time to explore the visitor center...
and meet some of the horses. This is Lakna, the Choctaw Indian Pony stallion... 
and this is the Sanctuary's newest resident. 
 So cute!
Eventually, we did go on the two hour, guided bus tour.
It was absolutely amazing.
Truly, I can not recommend this tour enough. 
It is a bucket list item for any horse lover.
After our tour, we got back in the car and started our long, windy drive to North Dakota.
We passed through a few small towns... 
but mostly it was hours and hours of this...
and this.
We celebrated briefly when we reached the North Dakota border.
Then we climbed back in the car and drove on into the night.
This was a long and wonderful day, perhaps the best of the entire trip.


  1. See the image with the turkeys! You are at the intersection of 212 & are in Newell, SD! You just drove past my high school & many other memories.You'll soon pass the farm where my Dad was raised & then you will pass Castle Rock!

  2. I have been toying with the idea of a trip to South Dakota and the Badlands, but this might have sealed the deal. Thank you for sharing!
    ~ A reader in WI

  3. I have been to the Badlands and the Crazy Horse monument a long time ago. I think they had just gotten the hole thru the mountain between his arm and the horses neck when we were there. Good to see they've got the face close to done