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Lori & Jim at the Black Hills, Marissa & Tayvian in front of Mt. Rushmore,
and Tayvian feeding the begging burros
Our beloved office family just got back from a road trip up to South Dakota and came back with lots of fun stories and interesting facts! Lori, Jim, their two daughters, Megan and Marissa, Megan’s husband and son, Quincy and Tayvian, and of course Tex, all hopped in the car (okay, maybe two cars) and took off to visit Lori’s cousin, Ronnie, and his family.
Once they got there, they realized just how close Ronnie’s home is to Mt. Rushmore; he actually lives right behind the mountain! Jim also learned a new fun fact to add to his trivia collection while there: long before the faces were carved into the side of the mountain, the namesake of Mt. Rushmore, Charles E. Rushmore, was passing through the area and asked a local man for the name of the mountain. Since the mountain had no name, the local joked that it would be named “Rushmore”. Turns out the name stuck and the rest is history!
During their time up north, they kept busy seeing Mt. Rushmore (of course), Custer State Park, Sylvan Lake, the Black Hills, Needles Highway, and Reptile Gardens and Bear Country for the kids. They were able to hike up the President’s Trail at Mt. Rushmore and get right up underneath the big, stone heads. Lori is originally from South Dakota, so enjoyed going back and getting to show Tayvian around her neck of the woods. She remembers going to Custer State Park when she was little and feeding the donkeys Kleenex (we do not recommend that you do the same) so was happy that Tayvian was able to find some real food to feed them! Lori also remembers being able to sit and get a ride from the old tortoise at Reptile Gardens when she was little, but as you might expect they restrict it to touching only these days.
You may be wondering, as we all were, which tourist site was most endorsed by the six-year-old? Turns out it wasn’t the slimy creatures at Reptile Gardens or watching huge bison walking towards their car in Custer State Park that Tayvian enjoyed most, it was the Black Hills! Lori was very happy to hear that he enjoyed the spot that used to be her favorite summer destination as well!
Need any ideas for your next family vacation to South Dakota? I think we have you covered!