Today is June 16, 2014 and it is also our first day at Pine Ridge. From La Crosse to South Dakota, it takes about 10 hours, but we made sure we had fun on the trip. As we were traveling we stopped at Mc Donald’s for breakfast, and at the Mitchell I90 for lunch. We had an interesting lunch because as we were all about to get back on the road, we met an intense thunderstorm with electrifying lightning. It was a pretty cool experience, because I haven’t experienced a storm like that in a long time. We also stopped at the Akota Lakota Museum and learned a little about the history of the Sioux tribe and about the boarding school there. I would say my most favorite stop today was to the Badlands. It was an amazing site to see. We hiked to a somewhat high place that overlooked the plains, and it was really beautiful. Our first day so far was long, but eventful and well worth it. I’m excited to get to meet all the natives out here.