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Sunday, June 15, 1997
Custer, South Dakota to Black Hills National Forest, Wyoming
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Black Hills National Forest, Wyoming:
Latitude: 44° 25' 31" North
Longitude: 104° 25' 25" West
Altitude: 5167 feet
From Seattle: 889 miles
Lodging: Camp - Reuter Campground

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Today's Travel:
Country: United States
Regions: South Dakota, Wyoming
Route: SR16, SR365, SR16, SR244, SR16A,I90, US14
Start: Custer, South Dakota
Stop 1. Jewel Cave National Monument, South Dakota
Stop 2. Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota
Stop 3. Crazy Horse Mountain, South Dakota
Stop 4. Mount Rushmore National Monument, South Dakota
End:Black Hills National Forest, Wyoming
Road Miles:245 miles
Linear:129 miles
Weather: Overcast / Sunny

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Some Boxwork structures Wind Cave, Wind Cave National Park, SD

Cave graffitti Wind Cave, Wind Cave National Park, SD

Someone squeezing through a tight hole Jewel Cave, Jewel Cave National Monument, SD

The elevator up Jewel Cave, Jewel Cave National Monument, SD

Crazy Horse #1 Crazy Horse Mountain, SD

Crazy Horse #2 Crazy Horse Mountain, SD

Modern wooden bridge SR16 and SR16A junction, Near Keystone, SD

Mount Rushmore #1 Mount Rushmore National Monument, SD

Mount Rushmore #2 Mount Rushmore National Monument, SD

Mount Rushmore #3 Mount Rushmore National Monument, SD

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 66
Miles Driven:14641
Linear Dist: 55541
Countries Visited: 2
Regions Visited: 33
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Hotels: 28
Friends / Family: 19
Camping: 12
Hostels: 7
Beers: 174
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Journal Entry:
Did the "Garden of Eden" tour at Wind Cave National Park, it would have been good as a 15 minute tour, as an hour tour it dragged. After the Wind Cave tour I drove as fast as possible to the "Spelunking Tour" at Jewel Cave National Park. This is one of those tours where you put a hardhat on, grab a flashlight, and follow a guide through some tight spots off the main tour routes. Comparing it to the similar tour I did at Mammoth Cave National Park (see June , 19976): the Mammoth Cave tour was a lot more strenuous, Jewel Cave was a lot more scenic; Jewel cave was 4 hours, Mammoth Cave was almost 7; the Mammoth tour was 14 people, the Jewel tour was 5; both tours had squeezes of about 8.5 x 18 inches, but the holes at Mammoth tend to be longer and harder to get through; both were a blast.

Went to Crazy Horse Mountain, which I saw many years ago when work had just started. It's still got a long way to go, but the head is recognizable now.

Mount Rushmore was next. It's a beautiful monument, but there were way to many people (Note to myself never go on a weekend again).

I shared a campsite with two Canadians, Jen and Kara, who I met on the Jewel cave tour and then ran in to again at Taco Bell. We camped in a US forest campground.


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