Thursday, July 19, 2012

Vacation Review: South Dakota Water Falls

 During our little trip to South Dakota, we visited many area that had water falls.  It was a warm and muggy day.  When we visited the falls in the picture to the right, the temperature would drop 10 degrees as we walked down the trail.  Our tour guide, who has been married for about 30 years.  As he was explaining that he had walked to the falls when they were dating, and how he could walk along the wall and have their picture taken under the falls.  Now they have a boardwalk, which allows more people to visit the falls, however, we can not walk down to the water any longer.

During exploration for gold or some other precious metal, the mining company hit an underground water source.  So they may not have found gold, but they have been taking money from tourist ever since.  I do recall the name of this place.  Thunderhead falls.
We must have visited 15 different falls, driving through the mountains.  I have been to Niagara Falls, Great Falls (MD and VA) and to the tallest falls in the Shenandoah National Park.  (It was after a drought and looked more like a leaky sink).  All the falls in South Dakota were great.  The water was clean and cool.  Thanks to our tour guide.

1 comment:

Jeremy Bates said...

Looks beautiful! Maybe they don't want you to go down to the water because some people will start panning for gold. lol

And speaking of gold, did you know that the 2nd largest source of gold in the world is found in the Philippines? True!

One of these days, I am going to try my hand at panning. The natives up in the mountains love when it rains because they find about $20 a day. On a regular day, about $7.

Now you know!