Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Melinda at West Metro Mommy Reads.
Continuing my tribute to National Parks and other federally managed lands, inspired by Melinda of West Metro Mommy Reads, this week I am focusing on South Dakota. Why does a single state get its own post? For two reasons: first, although we have traveled all over the U.S. and been to beautiful state and national parks in almost every state, we have spent a LOT of time in South Dakota, in part because we have family there and in part because it is one of our favorite places! Second, the western end of the state in particular has a lot of different National Parks, National Monuments, and other protected lands.
So, here is a sampling from our many trips to South Dakota over the years:
|The most famous National Monument in SD: Mount Rushmore|
|Mt. Rushmore seen through a tunnel on Needles Highway in Custer State Park|
|Local resident prairie dogs, above-ground in Wind Cave National Park|
|Underground at Wind Cave National Park|
|Our favorite: Badlands National Park|
|Our sons hiking in the Badlands at sunset|
|Badlands at sunset, as a storm approaches (it was a BIG one!)|
|Last summer at Jewel Cave National Monument|
|"Cave bacon" in Jewel Cave|
|My fave pic of our family: Notch Trail in Badlands NP, 2005|
Hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend and staying warm (feels like the middle of winter here). I am ready to escape this nasty weather and visit some national parks!!