And as you could guess there is no cell phone service inside the cave. Oh and by the way, the Rand McNally app is pretty lame. We bought their atlas before the trip and they suggest downloading their app, it's just a random tourist site every day and has no trip planing capabilities whatsoever.
Next up was Bear Country U.S.A.! It's right outside of Rapid City. It's a little cheesy, a little expensive, and completely worth it! It was basically a drive through loop with wolves, buffalo, elk, and of course BEARS!
These two bears walking down the road came so close to the car. At first I thought one might climb on top of the car but they just walked around both sides. They were so close that I could have rolled down the window and pet them. And yes, we did get just a little bit nervous!!
After you finish the driving section you can park and walk through Baby Land! It really should be called small animal land with baby bears. There were creepy badgers, grizzly bears (I guess they don't play nice w/ the other bears), a peacock strutting it stuff for some ducks (equal opportunity gigolo), lynx, otters, and probably 30 or more baby black bears. Those baby bears were just too cute! They're like regular babies in bear suits!
Then we finished up the the day at Mount Rushmore. We didn't stay for the evening light show, Matt is about a day or two behind me in the cold I got before we left, but it was really interesting to see. Below the viewing area is an exhibit that has tools used to create the monument and a video. They even still have the flag that covered part of the mountain during one of the dedication ceremonies.
Real Geological Tag for Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore ornament, and 2 geological markers from Jewel Cave and Mount Rushmore.