Monday, July 12, 2010

Hill City

We're back on the road this morning. Our visit to Hill City was fun, but far too short. Crooked Creek Resort provided us a lovely creekside spot to kick back, relax and enjoy some time with family.

After yesterday morning's wet tour of Mount Rushmore, we waited for things to dry out and let our nieces pick the afternoon's activity. They chose Bear Country USA, a drive-through wildlife park between Hill City and Rapid City. This isn't the kind of place we'd choose to visit on our own, but we were happy to be along for the ride. When we made the first turn and saw this herd of elk lounging in the tall grass, we all thought this place was pretty cool!

The reindeer were very comfortable around our minivan and came very close. This guy had one impressive rack!

This Arctic fox was enjoying a peaceful afternoon nap.

The bear habitat was large with many big, burly residents. This guy was one of the first we saw.

We got out of the car to see the small animals and babies. This lynx stretches just like our kitties!

The bear cubs were fun to watch, and very busy! They just wouldn't stay still for a picture, but we were able to catch these two cuties in action.

That is one cool looking coyote!

We were pleasantly surprised how much we enjoyed our tour. And, by the looks on the faces of the three that picked the place, we think they had a good time, too.

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