By Brooke Jorstad
Today as I woke up at 4:00 in the morning, I knew it was going to be a long but exciting day. A 10 hour trip in a van looking over the plains is not always the most exciting thing to look forward to. Through this long trip I was able to connect and get closer with the people in my classes. All day I got to use up a lot of my data and laugh with my fellow classmates. We made many stops today that would only happen on a road trip.
One of the first stops today was at the World Famous Corn Palace. Here, the walls of this building are made of corn and are placed into shapes. After seeing the Corn Palace and the multiple corn fields through South Dakota, we finally stopped and saw some prairie dogs. Seeing these dogs was so adorable and we were able to feed them from our hands. Finally, to end the day on the road, our group hiked in the badlands. I have been here once before this, but even coming back it doesn’t look the same. I can begin to understand how the people on the reservation respect the beauty and nature. At the end of today, I get to go to bed in a tent and wake up to a beautiful sunrise.
By Justyce McGuire
Day one of Pine Ridge was very eventful, long and tiring. The first part of our day we drove the whole time, taking little breaks to stop for gas and bathroom breaks, which all made us super tired. One of the interesting things that we did today was went to the Akta Lakota Museum, which means honoring the people. I liked the museum because I got to see all the hand carved animals and people that were made by the native people. My favorite thing that we did today was hiked in the Badlands and to see all the beautiful views. Overall, today was a great day. I can’t wait to see what the next few days have to offer.