Traveling during the second week of November is a mixed experience. On one hand, crowds are not a problem, but sometimes places are just closed when I show up on a Tuesday.
The South Dakota Air and Space Museum is one such place, located right on the edge of Ellsworth Air Force Base. Thankfully, a lot of the exhibits are parked outside and they are open enough for you to go do the self guided walking tour of the aircraft. And it's not a bad selection at all.
I do hope to return when the interior exhibits are open to enjoy the rest of the museum. The outdoor tour was still worth the visit.
I don't have many photos of the Crazy Horse memorial. It's under active, but very slow, construction. A very ambitious project and it was worth the trip to go see that level of ambition in person. The story of the memorial's process is worth hearing and understanding, and I will not attempt to summarize it here.
Devil's Tower is a natural wonder that is best experienced in person. Photos can give you a vague idea of what you are getting into, but they can not provide the sense of scale that happens in person.
Again, traveling in November leads to some interesting experiences. I both entered and exited the monument before staff had arrived for the day.
I am an infrastructure nerd. For me, it's interesting to see what signage was deemed most important.
Okay, that is an obviously useful sign. A sign that it's time to press forward rather than turning back.
I have to admire the simplicity. No, I did not pick out the wooden stake ladder.
This was a dead end trail spur, that leads to a great picture spot. A spot so good the sign, guard rail, bench or something has been cut down and removed.
From 30 years ago, I remember the National Parks did a passport book. Even with everything closed, that's still a thing, but a little more DIY than I remember it from my youth.
And with that, I departed and finished the drive to Montana.