Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Custer State Park Again

Actually this was the last day in the Black Hills with my grandson. Tomorrow we head to Steamboat Springs where we will meet his dad. So for our last trip we went to Wind Cave National Park. I can't imagine the 16 year old kid who explored and mapped this cave back in the late 1800s. We took the tour, 350 steps down and probably 1/4 mile hike through three large caverns, and it took us just over an hour. There were no stalatites or stalamites, but instead had what is called boxwork, popcorn and frostweb formations. This cave is the 4th longest cave in the world at over 128 mapped miles so far, all withing a 1 square mile area. There are even different levels. I didn't take the camera, but did take some pictures with the phone. I will post them later if they turn out to be any good.

We stopped and hiked to a fire tower, but the tower itself was locked. Then on our way home we came across this bison who was giving his friends a ride.

Do you see the birds on the bison's back?

We actually saw two large herds of bison today, one in Custer State Park, just as we were leaving to enter Wind Cave National Park, and the other right outside the entrance to the visitor center at Wind Cave National Park. On the way back we passed through the herd in Custer State Park. And I do mean passed through. Cars were backed up both directions waiting for the bison to cross the road.

1 comment:

Barbara and Ron said...

It sounds like you both had a terrific time. You are such a cool grandmother.