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South Dakota – Jewel Cave National Monument

Touch the jewels at Jewel Cave

Perhaps Jewel Cave National Monument doesn’t sound very impressive. After all, it’s just a National Monument, not at National Park, right? Wrong. Jewel Cave is the third longest known cave system in the world. And the key word in that sentence is “known.” New passages of Jewel Cave are still being discovered and mapped. Once it’s all mapped, it quite possibly could turn out to be the world’s longest cave. Scientists have estimated the volume of the cave using airflow studies. They measure how much air the caves exhales when the outside pressure drops and vice versa. The parts of […]

South Dakota – Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park Sign

I love South Dakota’s Black Hills region for all of its natural beauty, and not only is there gorgeous scenery above ground; there’s even more to be discovered below ground. As with most national parks, the place to start is the visitor center.

One word of caution: the park’s website warns you not to trust your GPS to find the visitor center. The website has a map and directions. I am one of those people who tends to trust my GPS too much, and it has gotten me into trouble more than once, so I wanted to point that […]

South Dakota – Prairie Dogs

Corinne with prairie dog

It would be very difficult not to notice this giant concrete prairie dog while you are driving down the road in Cactus Flat, South Dakota, on your way to Badlands National Park. I immediately pulled into the parking lot of the Ranch Store and one of my daughters and I hopped out of the car to get a picture. (Everyone else was half asleep.) But what really hooked us and convinced us to stay a while was the actual prairie dog town located there.

My kids and I agree that prairie dogs are simply the cutest wildlife there […]