Did you ever dream of being a Paleontologists? I know I did. Even if someday my job would be replaced by technology that would bring the dinos back to life, then the dinos eat all the humans. No biggie. Dreams die a painful death when you realize most Paleontologists work at a university and might get to dig a couple of months a year (if they are lucky). Over the years, the United States has been home to thousands of fossil dig sites. I picked one of the best fossil formations to try my luck. I went fossil hunting in Badlands National Park, South Dakota.
Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Spotlight Thursday is from my visit to Jewel Cave National Monument in Custer, South Dakota. I spent a wonderful day exploring this cave and the land above it on my South Dakota National Park Road Trip.
The sun is barely above the horizon and I am packing up my campsite in Badlands National Park, South Dakota. I need to get a move on if I want to get a ticket for the Delta 01 launch facility Site tour. Delta 01 is part of the Minuteman National Historical Site. Minuteman National Historic Site preserves a Cold War minuteman missile launch facility and Delta 09 silo.
Shortly, I am going on a road trip to visit the South Dakota National Parks and Lands. South Dakota has two National Parks, 2 National Memorial, 1 National Historic Site, and 1 National Recreation River. This makes for 6 national lands. I am visiting 5 of these 6 parks on my 7-day road trip in South Dakota. I will be visiting all the parks in the Western part of the South Dakota. I am looking forward to visiting my 30th and 31st National Parks. This means only 28 more parks on my National Park Quest.