Our first fun stop on this trip was at Devil's Tower National Monument. We were headed east on I-90 and Devil's Tower was just a slight detour. Josh had also climbed there years ago and I wanted to show it to the girls.
Here was the view from the highway before we got to the National Park Service gates
Once we got inside, we picked up junior ranger packets for the girls. There were different programs for different ages. At 4 and 6 years old, the girls both just had to complete a scavenger hunt. There was a booklet filled with things they were likely to see and they had to check them off as they found them. For some things they also drew a picture of what they saw. So we headed outside to walk around the trails a bit
While we were walking, I tried to take a self-portrait of Secora and I
It didn't work so well But the girls finished out their booklets and we headed back to the visitor's center to turn them in
This was Sedona's first time to earn a badge and she was SO excited! On our drive back out of the park, we stopped to check out the (very, very numerous) prairie dogs
There are signs that say don't feed the prairie dogs, but I think this little guy was getting some snacks on the side anyway. Or else, it's a little gal that's about to have a bunch of pups.
On our way out, we stopped and set the self-timer to get picture of all of us by the sign (you'll notice the bike in the background...turns out we were traveling through the Black Hills during Sturgis. We passed quite a lot of bikes this week!!)
Definitely worth the detour. The highway out to Devil's Tower makes a bit of a triangle shape with the interstate, so you do have to go a little bit out of your way, but it's not too bad and it's pretty impressive to see!
While we're here, a quick shot of the favorite snack of the trip. I made up a "trail mix" of cereal, marshmallows, raisins and m&m's and then put it in snack sized ziplocs and used clothespins and pipe cleaners to make them look like butterflies (idea from Family Fun magazine). The girls thought they were very neat and liked the snack also. The only problem was that I should have made more because they were asking for them constantly! They collected the clothespins and pipe cleaners and made all sorts of toys out them...airplanes and lady bugs and crowns and anything else they could think of. Definitely a hit!