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Day 2: Wounded Knee & Hot Springs
Day 1: Wall, SD 2005
Day 2: Wounded Knee & Hot Springs
Day 3: Wind Cave, SD
Day 3: Mount Rushmore
Day 4: Drive through Wyoming
Day 5: Yellowstone
Day 5: Yellowstone part deux
Day 6: Yellowstone riding
Day 7: To Grand Teton
Day 8: Snake River and a bar-be-que
Day 9: Drive to Green River
Day 10: Fishing on the Green River
Day 11: Dinosaur
Swan Upping July 2005

Today was a moving day, visiting the Wounded Knee Museum in Wall, and then going to the site itself. We spent an hour in the museum reading about the lead up, and reading about so many men, women and children. To then stand and see where they fired canon at women and children was a humbling and moving experience. The museum prepared us for the massacre, but nothing could prepare us for standing by the mass grave and talking through the gun positions. This was a crime that must not be forgotten.

We started the day driving through the Badlands - you can see how the outlaws escaped capture

After the museum we drove to Wounded Knee and walked up the hill in 100 degree heat

The mass grave is barely marked but hard to stand beside - you can feel the pain of the murdered.

The ravine is below the road and the Lakota camp was between the road and the ravine. It is a derelict site - not well maintained - and yet so intense to stand beside it and remember the slaughter not only at Wounded Knee but across our country

The ravine where the American Indians tried to escape the gun and cannon fire - but were shot anyway

We ended the day at the Mammoth Center - lots of bones - and Melanie's favorite spot.

Bas volunteered to show off bones