Exploring Badlands National Park

Exploring Badlands National Park

Native American Lakota referred to the area as mako sica, or “land bad.” When I visited the Badlands National Park in western South Dakota, I saw “land beautiful.” Read more

Driving Through Bear Country USA

Driving Through Bear Country USA

Bears are the stars, of course, at Bear Country USA, home to the world’s largest collection of privately owned black bear. However, bears aren’t the only animals you’ll see as you take the three-mile drive through the 200 acre attraction. In fact, we didn’t see any bears for quite a while as we traversed the trail. Read more

Old-Fashioned Western Fun: Fort Hays Chuckwagon Supper & Cowboy Music Show

Old-Fashioned Western Fun: Fort Hays Chuckwagon Supper & Cowboy Music Show

When I’m in a tourist area, I tend to stay away from souvenir shops, buffets and most things that cater strictly to tourists. But once in a while a little lighthearted entertainment geared to tourists is a fun way to spend an evening. That was the case with the Fort Hays Chuckwagon Supper & Cowboy Music Show near Rapid City in South Dakota’s Black Hills. Read more