Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

August 3, 2011

Wyoming to South Dakota

We'd stayed in Gillette, Wyoming on our 2nd night on the road and our 3rd day found us traveling through the rest of WY and well into South Dakota.

I wish we could have taken the time to see things like Devils Tower National Monument, which most people recognize from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" as the mashed potato mountain.

But at least we could see it in the distance so that counts.


Not sure what these fences are for, but we saw lots of them and if I had to guess, I'd say they had something to do with snow control.

Entering South Dakota.

The Black Hills in the Deadwood/Sturgis area, so named because of how dark the pine trees look on the hillsides.

Black Hills National Cemetery.

No time to stop at Mt. Rushmore or Crazy Horse monuments either.

So I got this amusing postcard instead.  This one really 'cracked' us up.  Now Russell jokes that he won't go back to see Mt. Rushmore unless they put pants on first.  lol  


  1. At least the Presidents don't climb up to give us a front view...



  2. Anonymous12:31 PM

    LOVE the postcard...and I'll now be humming those notes from 'Close Encounters' for the rest of the day (and possibly building strange shapes with mashed potatoes)

  3. Wow, I didn't even realise the mountain really existed!

  4. Anonymous7:37 PM

    You're right about the fences, JoJo, I looked it up and the are indeed snow fences for blowing and drifting snow...a big problem in Wyoming. Good job! Too bad you didn't get to stop at Mt. Rushmore, a once in a lifetime sightseeing event but the postcard is a riot!

  5. How far is South from North Dakota? Why? Because I love the movie "Fargo" which was filmed in North D. Great pics! Tell me again why you didn't major in photography? You missed your calling. Cheers!!

  6. Love this trip you're giving us, Jojo!
    The postcard is a riot!
    And yes, the fences are for drifting snow. You see them a lot around here, too.

  7. What a cool area. Would love to visit there some time and see the sights that you unfortunately had to pass by :(