USA Road Trip, April 2004
day 1: Massachusetts  :
day 2: Niagara Falls  :
day 3: Ontario-Illinois  :
day 4: Chicago 
day 5: Wisconsin-Minnesota  :
day 6: South Dakota  :
day 7: Badlands  :
day 8: Wyoming/Montana 
day 9: Yellowstone Park  :
day 10: Montana/Idaho  :
day 11: Roslyn  :
day 12: Seattle 
Day 7: The Badlands
In the morning we
stopped off at Mount Rushmore, which was a great example of how (accidentally)
well-timed our trip was. We were getting unseasonably good weather but were
also seeing places before the tourist season kicked in. Mount Rushmore has
20,000 people pass through in a day during peak season. When we were there we
saw less than a dozen other people.
Steve took a picture of me in front of Mount Rushmore, then I took one of him.
Then, through the joys of PhotoShop, it becomes one picture.
We enjoyed the same good timing when we arrived in the Badlands.
We got chatting to one of the few people there at this time of year, who it turns out was a retired archaeologist from Cambridge.
He told us all about the area, including what all those holes in the rock are (remnants of plant roots from when the rock was soft)
and that all the buffalo in the US are actually bison (buffalo being the variation found in Asia).
Holes in the rock
Steve legging it
Jones of the Wild
Fool on the hill
Fool with a bison
Bison scratching itself on posts
By the bison
We also walked a path to an old wooden ladder that looked like a fallen rope bridge, enabling us to recreate the climax of Temple of Doom for the camera, until some other walkers turned up and looked at us quizzically.
Lines in sky and earth line up
Do not feed the prarie dogs
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