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    Just back from Rapid City

    Awesome place, ton of stuff to do every day. Now I need some rest! I thought there would be a ton of traffic with the holiday and everything, but evidently there are no people in South Dakota, so I had the cruise set at 85, and passed a car about once every mile or so. Very, very cool. I think I have around 350 pictures in all. Here are a few of the cool ones.[ATTACH][ATTACH][ATTACH][ATTACH]Attachment 585[/ATTACH][/ATTACH][/ATTACH][/ATTACH]


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    Re: Just back from Rapid City

    but evidently there are no people in South Dakota
    I'd hope not.

    The bear pic is my favorite.



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    Re: Just back from Rapid City

    One last one: Rapid City has bronze statues of presidents on every street. Here's me and my favorite president

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    Re: Just back from Rapid City

    I haven't been to Rapid City since I was like 5. It doesn't look like a terrible place to spend 2-3 days. I'm not crazy about a bear eating me while I sit in my car, though.



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    Re: Just back from Rapid City

    Wow...crazy horse looks exactly the same as it did when I was there 6-7 years ago. They must be in one of their "no money" phases.

    Good pictures, I bet it was a good time.



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    Re: Just back from Rapid City

    We did the family vacation in the Black Hills last summer and had a great time. Where all did you go? Custer Park? Wind Cave? Devil's Tower? 1880's Train in Hill City? Please share!


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    Re: Just back from Rapid City

    We went to the Badlands, Bear Country USA, Reptile Gardens, the Mammoth site, Thunderhead falls, the black hills maze, Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer Park, Wind cave, Jewel cave, Crystal cave, Mt Coolidge. I think there are more, but we were all over the place, and it blurs together right now. We stopped over to Deadwood, but just drove through. Mainly over there because my fiance left her purse on the tour bus. Nothing there but casinos.

    It just cracked me up, because they have hundreds of strip mall casinos. I spent exactly $1 on that, at a place where we stopped to eat. They have several "paycheck advance and casino's". Sounds like a great idea!

    We did the tour at Wind cave, which was excellent, but the Jewel cave tour didn't start for two hours, so we skipped it so that we didn't burn a whole afternoon on that. I'd love to do a spelunking tour of it someday.

    Crazy Horse doesn't look a whole lot different than I've seen in pictures either. The interesting thing to me was that it is all done with private funds. They have refused federal money consistently, but it sounds like they get a ton of money in private donations, entry fees and gift shop sales. It's been a slow go so far, with maybe 15 workers at a time, but they project that work will speed up in the future, and our tour guide gave an estimated completion date of 2048, though they won't officially say that.

    We also panned for gold in Keystone, but that really sucked, because the stream was dried completely up, and there were just troughs sitting alongside the stream that they filled with sand and rocks.

    I have pictures of most of those places, so if anyone wants to see one place in particular, I'd be happy to post what I have.



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    Re: Just back from Rapid City

    My wife and I went out there in late May and will go back. Did the Badlands on the way out, saw Rushmore, Presidential wax museum, Spent the bulk of that day in Custer, then spent the next day hiking in several trails around Custer and working our way up to Harney Peak (or Point, I don't remember) Also did a chuckwagon supper and hit up Wall and Mitchell(overrated) on the way home. As far as cheap and productive vacations go, SD ranks right up there with the best of them.


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    Re: Just back from Rapid City

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    [COLOR=black]We stopped over to Deadwood, but just drove through. Nothing there but casinos.
    I thought the best part of Deadwood was the self-guided cemetery tour, followed by the Wild Bill shooting re-enactment at Saloon #9. You get quite a workout walking up the hill and it's fun to find the "famous" citizens in the cemetery.

    It sounds like you had a great vacation. Before we went last summer, I'd have never believed there was so much fun stuff to do in SD. If only they could do something about that drive across the state....


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    Re: Just back from Rapid City

    Are they working on it at all?

    We did a family trip through the Dakotas out to Yellowstone about 20 years ago and it looks pretty much the same.

    FWIW, sounds like we did a very similar trip to what CyclonePride did. Devil's Tower has got to be about the coolest thing I've ever seen. Wind Cave was awesome too, although enjoying it was somewhat tempered due to my mom's extreme claustrophobia. She hung tough, but some of those passages were a bit much.


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    We were over to Deadwood in the early evening, and it had been a long day already, so we didn't stop. I really wish that we had gone on to Devil's Tower when we were in Spearfish, but like I said, it was a very long day after a 9 hour tour.

    Also, it is very, very dry up there, in the fifth year of a drought. We went to Hot Springs on Saturday during the day, and that night they had a lightning strike that burned around 9 square miles, burned 27 houses, and killed one. Kind of freaky to have been there a few hours before all that.



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    This is just plain weird...I am leaving next week to head out there and was surfing the internet for ideas and decided to check out cyclone fanatic and lo and behold! a thread talking about it. WHich cave was better wind cave or jewel cave?



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    Wind cave was very nice, and we did the hour and a half fairground tour. There were two other tours that were available. We didn't tour Jewel cave, since there was a two hour wait until the next tour. It sounds like the Jewel cave tour is a little more strenuous. There is also a spelunking tour, but you have to reserve ahead of time. I would have loved to do that, but we didn't reserve, and my fiance wouldn't have done it anyway. Jewel cave is the 2nd largest in the world. Wind cave is #4. We also went through Crystal cave, and that was much smaller, and not really a professional tour. It was just done by a local kid.



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    Re: Just back from Rapid City

    I went to the Black Hills on a whim last summer, thought it would be a 6 hour trip but turns out to be more like 12 hours, still worth it though. I wish I would have known about Rapid City and the Presidents on the street corners.

    Crazy Horse is a work in progress. Nearly 50 years ago on a family vacation I saw what was to be the worlds largest monument. At the time it was a little carving but mostly painting on the side of a mountain. Now the painting is gone and the sculpure comes to life. They say you can park 10 18 wheelers on his outstreched arm alone. He is pointing toward "My lands where my dead lay buried". This is the whole mountain that is being sculptured, not just the top like Mount Rushmore. There is room for one more sculpture on Mt. Rushmore and I suggest they use it for Jamie Pollard :).


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    Re: Just back from Rapid City

    Hey one last question...I am droppin my bike off in humboldt to start RAGBRAI on tuesday...do yo have any idea how long it takes to get to the Black hills area from the Ames area?

    Greatly appreciated.



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