Immediately after leaving the rest area the scenery started to change. Next stop was Badlands National Park and could be best described as unique, beautiful, and hot. Fittingly the Badlands was the site of Elaina's first mini panic attack over what she deemed to be larger than life wasps that were surely put on this Earth for no other reason than to attack her personally. A little social thinking size-of-the-problem talk brought her down off the ledge. She claimed the Badlands were as hot as the desert, and she sat in the far back of the van reading her Dork Diary book through most of the journey. McKenna was intrigued from start to finish, always the eager adventurer.
Following the Badlands it was on to our cabin. We arrived, unpacked, and saw our first South Dakota thunderstorm, and then headed out to dinner and more site seeing. Mount Rushmore!!!
We walked the Presidential Trial, realized we were at a significantly higher altitude rather quickly, and settled in for the night lighting of the monument. In a majestic fashion, the approaching rain clouds finally reached our location and opened up just as the monument was illuminated. Bucket list item complete!
I realized last night that updating daily might be an issue. I guess it's not really a bad thing when your days are so jam packed with adventure that there's not enough time or energy left in the day to talk about it.