It was a long drive, and the kiddos did a good job -- even *without* DVD players (we travel the old-fashioned way).
About 70 miles east of Rapid City (our ultimate destination), we got off of I-90 to take the "Badlands Loop". At the exit, we noticed a newer historical site -- the "Minutemen National Historic Site". So, we made an extra impromptu stop.
This site represents a bit of U.S. history. It is about the nuclear missiles that the U.S. started to reduce back in 1991. This site represents the history and significance of the Cold War.
Since it is a newer site, it's still a work in progress. I think I'd like to stop there again if we're up there in a few years -- when more is completed. This particular day, it was more of a restroom/drink break for us.
After that brief stop, we continued on the "Badlands Loop" -- then heading on to Rapid City.
The Badlands are quite interesting and pretty to see. We highly recommend seeing them should you make a visit to the area.
There were some areas where climbing was allowed, and Luke really liked that! He and Marc climbed for a bit. In this next pic, Marc's in the bright yellow shirt. You can *kind of* see Luke in the blue shirt.
Poor Kate wanted to climb, but we felt (and knew) it would have been too treacherous for her. So, she was stuck hanging out with her Mama near the parking area. Fortunately, it was a quick climb for Marc and Luke as we really needed to get to our destination, and thunderstorms were coming! Kate did quite well despite not getting to climb. Her "Nigh Nigh" (favorite blanket) helped!
After seeing the beautiful "Badlands," we continued on toward Rapid City.
We were rained on HARD. I was driving, and it had been awhile since I'd driven in that heavy of rain. It was the type of rain where we were slowed down to 30 mph for awhile.
Our Great God protected us. We were/are so grateful for His protection.
Finally, after a long day, we arrived at our friends' house in South Dakota -- just outside of Rapid City. After a yummy homemade supper (nice to have a break from eating out when traveling), the kiddos all went to bed. The adults were able to stay up late and chat and catch up!
Stay tuned for more South Dakota fun!