Sunday, August 12, 2007
Up a Lazy River
My first attempt to use the movie setting of my digital camera. And the obligatory post on Youtube.
That's my son at WaTiki Waterpark, just east of Rapid City, South Dakota.
We had a great time visiting the Black Hills area.
Yesterday on our way out of Custer, we visited the Cosmos Mystery Area, stopped at the Reptile Gardens once more to buy a couple of t-shirts, drove through and stopped often to look in wonder at the Badlands National Park and finally the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD.
In the Badlands, we learned it was something like 109 degrees and no shade, so every time we got out of the car to photograph something--like the incredible rock formations or the prairie dogs, we needed water once we got back in the car. We didn't have the energy to stop at the Fossil Park area of the Badlands and look for arrowheads or trilobites or anything.
The highlights of the trip:
Osc: the Waterpark and eating out. Our motel room in Custer.
Spouse: Badlands? Rushmore? Crazy Horse Memorial? Reptile Gardens, of course because of personal history.
Me: Reptile Gardens. Hmmm. Badlands--were immensely impressive. Rushmore, more fun and interesting than I'd thought it would be. I think it helped that we went on a gray, cool, rainy morning. Fewer people.
The Crazy Horse Memorialwas very impressive and immensely touching. IMHO, the US Government should foot the bill, but the family that started it wants it to be independent of government sources. IMHO, paying for it would be some (very) small way of making reparation for the great loss to the Native community of its lands and its way of life.