Our first day we woke up to a lot of fog... it really was actually a cloud sitting on top of us. So we decided that since we couldn't see anything - we'd go underground!
So off we go to Jewel Cave National Monument....
Sadly, my littlest also came down with a little bug and while in the cave suddenly did not feel well.... thankfully we made it back up to the top before she really got sick.
While inside the cave, the ranger was telling us that to go on the explorers cave tour (a 4-6 hour tour by headlamp) you had to be able to squeeze through this block.....
But she doesn't want to spend an hour in tight spaces like that.... me either!
Next up was Custer State Park. It was still really foggy in places - but we decided to go ahead and go up Needles Drive. If you've never been here - you should do it - at least once. You might only want to go once.... it is a CRAZY drive. Now on that note, we were actually probably really fortunate that we couldn't see much - because we weren't freaked out that we were on the side of a cliff and such - I mean we were, but if you don't see death staring you in the face - it's not so bad. :)
Then it was time to head back to the hotel.... well the most direct route was over the Iron Mountain Road..... Here's the sign to let you know what to expect...
What is a pigtail?????
Once you are out on the highway - you get an amazing view of Mt. Rushmore. That just got us all excited because that's where we go tomorrow!!!!!
And a fabulous stop is at the "profile overlook"..... because I mean, look at that profile. Amazing!