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South Dakota Badlands – A Geological Wonder!


4-28-17

After visiting Wall Drug, our next stop was the Badlands of South Dakota.  We arrived at 12:23.

Even though the sky was still overcast, the hills were still breathtaking! There are many areas where you can pull over for an up-close view. We did just that several times. It’s a 24 mile drive to the other side.

Enjoy some of our favorite views.

Everyone sure looks small from the top of the parking lot!

This is certainly the most scenic road we have ever been on, next to the Iron Mountain Road. This is 1:26 PM and the clouds are beginning to thin, letting in more sunshine.

We found a sign talking about the journey to Wounded Knee, where we stopped on April 24.

At 1:44 PM we see this sign. Getting close to the end. We get back on I-90.

By 2 PM we arrived at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center on the other side.

We stopped inside for a few minutes. Lots of gifts to choose from in the gift shop. You can even eat at the Cedar Pass Restaurant inside.  We enjoyed chatting with the staff there about our visit to South Dakota and that we look forward to returning next year.

Two more points of interest we saw after leaving the Badlands.  The Prairie Homestead Visitor Center was the first place. A historical marker was here also.

Our last stop in this area was the Badlands Ranch Store, also the site of a LARGE prairie dog town. We arrived here by  2:25 PM. Open since 1967, it has been a tourist destination for generations. We could not go in since it wasn’t open yet.  The store is open during the busy season, from mid-May through mid-September. They sell unsalted peanuts so you can feed them.

One of the little critters greeted me, I didn’t have any peanuts unfortunately.

And the BEST part, take a selfie with their big groundhog, we did! Same pose too!

A great way to cap off our visit to the Badlands. The views are incredible and there is so much to see and do here.

Wounded Knee, SD-A place of Sadness and Tragedy for the Sioux Indians


4-24-17   6:24 PM

Marina Raye-“Gift of Peace” 2015

After 15 hours on the road, we arrived.  At the top of a hill is the site of the massacre.

At the bottom by the road is a red sign describing it.

We drove up to the top of the hill on a rough dirt road and parked at the top.  The entryway is a brick arch.

A couple of Sioux ladies in a pickup truck drove up too a few minutes later. They greeted us and offered up jewelry and other handmade crafts for sale. Knowing that white people were the ones that caused them such pain, I felt it would be rude to not purchase something from them. I purchased a beautiful turquoise cross necklace for $20.

After they departed we looked around.  This site clearly in need of cleaning up and maintenance, but they have little money to do so.  In the center is a fenced-in area.  One monument inside this enclosure stands taller than the others.

As you can see, Chief Big Foot is listed at the top of this monument.  We found a marker for him about 5 miles from here, another resident of the area told us where.

We walked further into the cemetery,  this is the chapel.

Coming back around toward the entrance, it is time to depart.  We wished the many souls here peace.

We visited the Chief Big Foot site on our way out of the area.

We leave Wounded Knee. They will be in our prayers.