|Sioux Falls, SD.
|The mist from the falls felt good on a hot day.
|Somebody told Andy to make sure we get plenty of pics of all four of us. Here's our first!
|And our second. I don't know why we stopped at the Corn Palace. It's really terrible. Sorry, Corn Palace.
|Yes, corn is in EVERYTHING!
|Seriously flat and endless. Corn corn corn corn soybeans corn corn soybeans soybeans tractor soybeans cow corn.
|West Bend on the Missouri River. This was a really great spot and a welcome break from the endless endlessness.
|First thing in the morning the carp came right up to the shore.
|We had Churchill over for dinner. He was super nice and I liked that he wears his reenactment garb as his regular clothes.
|On the way to the Badlands is this cool preserved homestead. We learned all about the Homestead Acts and started reading one of the Little House books together.
|Prairie Dogs are the cutest things on the planet. It's always fun to see one even if you've seen 10 a few minutes before.
|The kids really loved the cozy house and imagining what it would be like to live there. Fine on a summer day but hard to imagine the winters.
|Built into the earth, it stays cool in summer and warm in winter.
|Approaching the Badlands. The change in topography is sudden and amazing.
|Overlooking the amphitheater where we listened to nightly Ranger talks with the campsite in the background.
|Sunset over the campground.
|The mercury hit 101F that day. I think Drew is pointing out a little toad.
|There are trails to hike but the park allows a lot of scrambling off trail.
|We found this fossil in the layers. Can you see the shape of the bone with the marrow in the middle?
|The kids taking their first Junior Ranger oath after completing all of the activities.
|A view as we drove out of the Park to the west.