Parks and Canyons Day 4

Canyons Spectacular - 2015
Day 4

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This is part 4 of the story of our trip, this part is from Denver to Las Vegas, USA  in May/June of 2015.  It was part of a round the world trip that
included France, London and the USA (New York, Niagara Falls, Canyon Country and the Tall Trees)

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30-May-2015
Globus:
This morning, enjoy a drive through BLACK HILLS NATIONAL FOREST and experience the area's colourful history on a guided tour of DEADWOOD, once a wild gold-mining town, and hear the stories of legendary Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Afterward, visit TATANKA to learn "The Story of the Bison" and experience the richness of the Lakota people, a Plains Indian buffalo culture. Continue through the Black Hills to the cattle town of Sheridan at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains. (B,D) (King's Saddlery and Museum Free 8am-5pm)
To us this was basically another traveling day.  We said goodbye to the dinosaurs which we could see up on the hill.  A short drive took us to the Tatanka Center to learn about the native American Indian and also the bison.  This was a great session as we heard from a true native, their own story and that of the bison.  The sculptures were indeed large and impressive.  We then headed into town via an old school bus, with an amazing driver who told many a tale about Deadwood.  Deadwood itself is an interesting town, full of history, casinos, cafes and bars.  After lunch we headed on again to Sheridan.  As it was still early we went for a walk along a stream that was flowing behind the hotel, called the Big Goose Creek.  We walked along the path and on past a couple of ponds, which was actually the Sheridan Heights Reservoir.  Here we thought we saw some beavers.  It was turning dark as a very grey cloud was heading our way so we turned for home and just beat the storm to our hotel.

Map:  Rapid City - Deadwood - Sheridan 252 Miles - 3 hrs 46mins (403 km)
 

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Dinosaurs on the hill Rapid City from hotel window Heading to the Tatanka Center
Heading to the Tatanka Center Heading to the Tatanka Center Heading to the Tatanka Center
Tatanka Center - Larger than life bronze sculpture featuring 14 bison pursued by 3 Native American Horseback Riders. Tatanka Center Tatanka Center - 30-60 million bison once roamed the great plains of North America.
Tatanka Center - By the close of the 19th century, it's estimated that less than 1,000 bison survived Tatanka Center - There is now a healthy population of bison. Tatanka Center
Tatanka Center Tatanka Center - A indian village display area Tatanka Center - The bus!
Deadwood Deadwood Our amazing driver
The bus adds to the character of the setting. Deadwood It's hard to get the old time feel with so many cars and lights
Deadwood Deadwood - Wild Bill Hickok Statue Deadwood  - Adams Museum
A Deadwood Casino Hickoks bar Wild Bill died here
Bullock Hotel Unusual gun door handles Unusual gun door handles
Deadwood Ladies looking out of the windows Coach tour The Celebrity Hotel had movie memorabilia
Sleepless in Seattle Elvis Bumblebee from the Transformers
Bumblebee from the Transformers Herbie the Love Bug Souvenir shopping
Deadwood - Stockade bar Deadwood Deadwood - Stockade bar
Back on the road again Deadwood to Sheridan Deadwood to Sheridan
Deadwood to Sheridan Deadwood to Sheridan - The Bighorn Mountains in the distance Deadwood to Sheridan
Deadwood to Sheridan Deadwood to Sheridan Deadwood to Sheridan
Deadwood to Sheridan Deadwood to Sheridan Big Goose Creek in full flow
Big Goose Creek - A Beaver Big Goose Creek - A Beaver Big Goose Creek - A Beaver
Big Goose Creek - A Beaver Is that a Pheasant? Finally the rain storm caught us - it poured!

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