We are traveling to Yellowstone National Park, Grand Tetons and Glacier National Park, with a few stops along the way.
  • Day1

    Travel and Akta Lakota Museum

    May 21, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 8 °C

    Today, we left Milwaukee bright and early. We got to see a beautiful sunrise as we headed west out of town. We traveled most of the day before stopping at the Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center in Chamberlain, South Dakota. The museum is housed at St. Joseph's Indian School, which is run by the Priests of the Sacred Heart. Here, we toured an exhibit detailing the history, culture and traditions of the Lakota people. It was a fascinating learning experience. On a side note, we learned the meaning for the word "Kinnikinnic". According to a display in the museum, tobacco would be "mixed with sumac leaves and the dried inner bark of red alder, dogwood, or red willow." Living in Milwaukee, I've always wondered what this term means. Now, I know. We spent a couple hours at the museum before heading to Pierre to spend the night.Read more

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  • Day2

    Minuteman, Badlands and Wall Drug

    May 22, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

    After leaving Pierre this morning we made our way west. After a stop at the Minuteman Missile Historic Site. From there we traveled through Badlands National Park on our way to Rapid City. The park has many geologic features reminiscent of the Painted Desert in Arizona. A major difference is the large swaths of prairie grass spread throughout the park's buttes. As we drove through we were treated to two surprise sightings of the park's resident long horn sheep, once along the main road and a second time grazing on a grassy area of a butte. Once we left the park, we headed to Wall where we briefly stopped at the famous Wall Drug. If you're looking for a South Dakota souvenir, you'll definitely find it here. After a little shopping, we continued on to our next overnight stop: Rapid City.Read more

  • Day3

    Mt. Rushmore

    May 23, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 6 °C

    We did some sightseeing around Rapid City today. First, we returned to Mt. Rushmore, where we had last been 20 years ago. The view was slightly different during this trip because the area was covered in snow. From Mt. Rushmore, we traveled the Needles Highway through Custer State Park. We finished the day at Devil's Tower in eastern Wyoming.Read more

  • Day3

    Custer State Park

    May 23, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 6 °C

    Located southwest of Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park offers a variety of recreational opportunities. A major road through the park is Needles Highway. Along the highway are several geologic formations. In addition to these natural wonders, we were treated to several wildlife sightings, including one little fellow that decided to pose for the camera.Read more

  • Day4

    Gardiner Views

    May 24, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    We traveled from Rapid City today. Gardiner, Montana sits on the northern entrance to Yellowstone. After arriving in early evening we decided to walk to the Roosevelt Arch. Along the way we saw a rainbow, crossed the Yellowstone River, and got to view local wildlife.Read more

  • Day4

    Roosevelt Arch

    May 24, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

    Roosevelt Arch was dedicated by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903. From the arch, we were able to view a nearby mountain range. We also saw a small herd of elk that had ventured out to Arch Park, situated next to the arch.Read more

  • Day5

    Gibbon Falls

    May 25, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    For our first full day at Yellowstone we took the "Yellowstone in a Day" tour. Our tour guide drove us in a loop around the park stopping at some of the most popular attractions, including Old Faithful, Fountain Paint Pots, Yellowstone Lake and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Our first stop was at Gibbon Falls. Located on the Gibbon River, the falls drop about 84 feet.Read more