This gorgeous lodge was built in East Glacier by the Great Northern Railway to entice travel to the western end of the railway. The amazing structure was finished in 1912 and is kept in pristine condition. From the windows or the grounds, the view of the mountains is breathtaking.
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This beautiful replica of the Borgund stavkirke was built in 1969. The original structure is the most completely preserved stave church still standing in Norway. While we were there, the outdoor area was being set for a wedding later in the day. This is a breath-taking, peaceful place to visit.
John had traveled through Rapid City with America by Bicycle. He and his riding buds stopped in for dinner at the Firehouse Brewery in 2013 and John wanted to share the experience with me. We had the most outrageous artichoke dip with parmesan-crusted black bread slices for starters. I also munched down one of their famous buffalo burgers. It tasted as good as they say.
Jewel Cave is the third longest cave in the world - over 181 mapped miles, with much more exploration opportunities available. There are several tours offered, (one which I mentioned on Day 8 - 11 under the "RV Adventure" tab on this website.)
Outside the Jewel Cave National Monument building sits this little torture chamber (if you don't like tight places). The crazier tours are four hours or more, but the cave gets so small, you have to fit through this space before joining the tour to make sure you don't get stuck in the cave. No thanks!
This space is 8 1/2 inches high by 24 inches wide. You must be able to wriggle your body through this space to go on some of the cave exploration tours. Visions like the one below, however, are highly motivational.
Located above the Wind River in Rapid City is this beautiful replica of a Norwegian Lutheran church. It is patterned after famous Borgund stavkirke, of Laerdal, Norway which was built around 1150 and is considered the most completely preserved stave church still standing in Norway.
John and Jim took the time to ride up to Chapel on the Hill above this lake area. It is a replica of a 1540
Norwegian Lutheran church that was built in Rapid City in 1976. Peace pervades the area. Services are every evening and it is a favorite place for weddings.
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