I know we have been home for about 2 weeks now but I am probably going to stretch my pictures out for 1 more post after this one because I just can’t decide what pictures to include.
So after we left the badlands, we headed off to the Black Hills. Luke has been wanting to go to Mount Rushmore for about 2 years now, ever since he learned about it in kindergarten. As we were going through Rapid City on the way to the Black Hills we saw a sign for Storybook Island (or something like that). Ted remembered going there when he was Luke’s age. Well, he didn’t remember really much about it just that he picked the spot out, Ted’s dad said they could go because it was free and Kenton (Ted’s brother) refusing to enjoy anything there at the park. It’s basically a playground area with everything decorated as if from a story book. The Pooh tree house was really cool. I got a picture of the girls in Cinderella’s carriage but really my kids didn’t stay still in 1 place long enough for a picture.After the park we finally made it to Mount Rushmore, the long-awaited spot for our vacation. I don’t know if the kids were impressed or not but we had fun walking around. We spent 3 days touring the Black Hills area. We managed to visit Wind Cave. Luke loves touring caves so we always try to stop at one. We usually pick a cave that has a 1 hour walking tour. Before we started the tour, we quickly ate lunch. I was a little worried because last cave tour we had to leave early because of a bathroom emergency. We didn’t let the kids drink much during lunch even when Ryan started with the hiccups. We got to our tour and started the steep descent down. We were all enjoying ourselves when we got to the point were I think in every cave tour they talk about how dark it really is in the cave. They have all of us stand still, they turn off the lights and we are all suppose to be amazed. Well, this tour guide talked a little about the darkness and then asked us all to be very quite to totally experience the cave. It was dark…..It was quite and guess what happened…..Ryan let go of a really loud hiccup. An hour after he started the hiccups, he still had them. Everyone started laughing. Seriously only Ryan can get a tour group of 40 people to laugh uncontrollably. After we left the cave we headed through Custer State Park. It was really a great park to drive around. We saw tons of animals and the scenic drive was beautiful. We got out to pet some of the ‘wild’ donkeys. Luke didn’t want to stand by them because he just got nipped in the belly by one of them but apparently Ryan was not scared. I know it was probably illegal but we let the kids walk around in the van while we were driving so they could see all of the animals along the way. We weren’t going that fast because there were animals crossing the road and sometimes sitting on the road too. My kids thought they were getting away with sometime because they were not in their seats. We only let them do it here and in one other park which I will get to next post.