One of our favorite parenting techniques is duping kids (ours and others) into learning something through fun. Museums, parks, trails, sports events, the kitchen and especially camping trips are great ways to do this. For instance:
Of course we had to help the children understand how to perch at a bar, order up and start a tab. Educational. Purely educational.
Deadwood is a pretty little town – View from the cemetery:
And views of the cemetery. I’ve always had a morbid fascination with Calamity Jane who, we learned, drank 1 quart of whiskey per day and died very young. Again, educational for the kids.
Calamity Jane’s grave — next to Wild Bill at her request
A look at some of our leaders
Downtown Rapid City has a collection of 40 life-size statues of U.S. Presidents. We met a few of these great leaders:
A peanut farmer (in my humble opinion, a lousy President, yet wonderful person who has done so much good in his time since his White House years.)
Kids at Mount Rushmore
Of course one highlight was the monument at Mount Rushmore. Instead of the obligatory shots in front of the 4 men immortalized there, I’ll share this neat profile view of Mr. Washington that impressed the kids more because it was more unique:
Our visit to Crazy Horse started a great campfire discussion about Native Americans… Hopefully our kids’ kids have kids, so they are able to see this sculpture someday. Like my friend Mary says, when they finish it, you’ll be able to see it from the moon.
South Dakota Camping FUN
Okay, enough of the blatant history education. On to some pure fun (with more subtle educational undertones…)
We arrived in the grizzly area at lunchtime. “Stay in your cage,” the guidebook tells you. No problem following direction there, surrounded by dozens and dozens of bears headed for their lunch.
Testing our balance
Greg and I have happy childhood memories of visiting Cosmos. Hopefully our kids do now, too.
Keystone: More Wild West
At the base of Mount Rushmore, Keystone is half old-west-tourist-town with a twist and half new-development. We liked the whole place.