Crew: Kassidi Peterson, Heather Moske,
Courtney Ruckheim, Cortney Wiersma, Eloise Warren, Katherine Wippler,
Tamara Schmidt, Gaven Schmidt
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We woke up to an
ice-cold frost on our tents. Then we got
ready for the day and had a breakfast of hot pancakes, and hot apple cider.
We drove for a few
hours until we entered the Black Hills and Wyoming. It started raining on the way.
There we got our first sight of Devil’s Tower.
Unfortunately it was STILL raining!
Those of us who didn’t have rain gear wore fashionable trash bags. (This resulted in a very, very, very sad joke
by Gaven about being “Pon Chovi”) (Did we mention it was a very sad joke?) Oh my gosh! It was HUGE! The top of it was as big as a
football field. The trail was mostly up
and not down. It was a long, but
beautiful walk. There was much more
talus than Pipestone. The rocks closer
to the tower seemed smaller than the ones farther away. The tower was made of smaller, jointed
columns. The tower of igneous rock formed
from a magma chamber under the ground.
We found evidence in the large crystals in the talus rock on the
ground. After it formed, it slowly
cooled and the sides of it eroded by water until it looked like what we saw
today. The evidence that this happened
was that there is still a river in the valley and the rocks are sedimentary. We left and it was STILL raining!
We drove back
Canyon, which had
tan-colored rock which took our breath away.
We saw lots of wildlife and a beautiful waterfall. (There were NO jackalopes
– despite what Courtney R. says!) The
canyon was formed by the river, which is at the very bottom of the valley,
flowing east. We saw snow and you will
never believe it, but we saw a frozen waterfall! The rock in the valley was sedimentary. We know this because there were layers and it
We stopped at the Homestake Gold Mine.
It was STILL raining! We observed
the open pit mine where they used to mine gold.
They found one ounce of gold for every ton of waste back when the mine
was open. The rock was a very dark brown
and it was metamorphic.
We drove to Mount Rushmore.
The rain had stopped, but it made the Presidents look like they were
crying. We did lots of observations on
the rocks. We found out they were igneous rocks because of the crystals and no
layering. Some of the rock was
metamorphic. We took pictures and went
to the gift shops. We ventured back to
the bus and headed for our camp site.
When we got to the
campground, the rain started to fall AGAIN!
Because it was so wet outside, we got to stay in dry and warm cabins, after we ate a meal of hot dogs, carrots, chips
and caramel apples.
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