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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Custer, SD to Kimball, NE

A very good day.

Woke up early and took a really nice 3 mile hike at Sylvan Lake (Sunday Gulch Trail). Very difficult, very scenic.

Then we hopped on the bike and drove 30 miles, a little before Hotsprings to "Wind Cave National Park". It is the 4th largest cave in the world. We took an elevator down the equivalent of 22 stories and took a .5 mile guided tour through the realy cool cave system.

Our next stop was going to be the hotel in Kimball, NE. After 190 miles of great roads without a single car to contend with. (yeah, we would see a car going our way out every 10 minutes. One stretch was 50 miles without a house, barn, town, or tree.

But.....suddenly, out from the flat prarie land, from miles away, we saw this huge "thing" popping up out of the ground.

Turns out it was "Scott's Bluff National Park" and heck, why not. What an excellent find. Great park. We used our National Park Pass to get in and a road through tree tunnels twists you to the top for great views of the original "Oregon Trail" and the surrounding bluff area. It was awesome.

41 miles of perfect 70 degree setting sun weather later, we arrived at Kimball just in time for a huge black thunderstorm arriving right behind us.

OK, todays puzzle. See the picture of the contraptions we saw along "Sunday Gulch Trail". What did the sign on the contraption say?
Solve this:

Oqmi Offsvf Fpwfmuhfts - Ra Tas Sajdz

If you need a clue, look at Day 1

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Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam

Sylvan Lake 6 miles from Custer and start of Needles Highway

Sunday Gulch Trail

More Trail

Found these along the trail, know what they are? See blog.

Awesome Pie

Inside Wind Cave

We have arrived in Nebraska

It was hard to miss Scott's Bluff along the way

One of many great views from the top of the Bluff

Your Comments

8/2/06 Puzzle

With the help of day 1 clue....

the answer is Bark Beetle Experiment-Do Not Touch....

Clearly I have too much time on my hands
Brian H.

8/2/06 weather

you are lucky you are getting 70 degrees temp.
yesterday was 102, today to be as hot(wednesday)
miss hearing from you. stay safe. chris and betty
did great on the Today show and the 10 show...



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