Thanks to Chad's brother, Mark, four of the six Boshell siblings took a road trip together to South Dakota over Labor Day weekend. It was A LOT of driving, but we had a lot of fun! It is a beautiful part of the country, and the kids had a blast hanging out with cousins.
We drove from Layton to Laramie Thursday night, then drove the rest of the way to Custer on Friday. We stopped at Wind Cave National Park for an awesome cave tour. There were like 100+ miles of cave within one square mile. Nuts!
On Saturday morning, our family, Melissa's family and Mark's family all drove towards Rapid City to check out Bear Country USA and Reptile Gardens. These were Kade's two favorite stops. At Bear Country, we drove around the park and saw a bunch of animals (mostly bears) wandering around. They would walk across the road or walk right up to the cars.
At Reptile Gardens, we saw tons of different snakes, lizards, turtles and birds. Kade took a picture of every single snake with his phone and ran from one cage to the next. The flowers and grounds at this place were amazing. I was more impressed with the landscaping than anything!
Had to stop for a quick picture of Crazy Horse on the way, since we didn't want to pay to go in the park for a closer look.
After lunch, we headed to the big attraction: Mount Rushmore! We met back up with Bryan's family and walked around the Presidential Trial. We had to refuel with a giant ice cream cone and picked up some souvenirs. I have to say, I wondered if Mount Rushmore would be very cool, but it was really spectacular! We loved it and thought it was totally worth the drive.
After a night of swimming and having fun, we got up Sunday morning and checked out the Needles Loop. This drive wound through Custer State Park and into some stunning country. There were a bunch of narrow tunnels to squeeze through, and we even saw some buffalo. We stopped at Stockade Lake to rest and play on the playground, then ate lunch at Blue Bell Lodge. Tasty! After refueling, we drove all the way back to Laramie, then home to Layton on Monday morning.
It was a whirlwind trip, but seriously fun. I think we could have used one more day just to see more of the area. I'm glad Mark had the idea to go, because we may never have done it on our own.
Kade chose a pocket knife from Mount Rushmore for his souvenir,
so he spent a lot of time whittling.