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Since coming to live in the United States I have enjoyed discovering more about the history and culture of the Country. As with any country the United States has had bright and dark moments. During our road trip through South Dakota I decided to explore one of the darker episodes, with a visit the site of Wounded Knee, which is found in the Oglala Sioux reservation, and is the site of the last battle between the US military and the Sioux.
Founded in 1796, Cleveland sits proudly on the shore of Lake Erie. The city has around 400,000 residents but over 2 million live in its metropolitan area. We decided to spend a couple days exploring this great city and see what it had to offer our family.
As we have traveled around the United States we have adopted some strange challenges. One of these has been to visit the locations of where the Ingalls family, of Little House on the Prairie fame, once lived. One of the places they called home was the small town of De Smet in South Dakota.
The dig site is uncommon as the mammoth bones that the excavation has exposed have been left in situ and can be viewed by visitors from raised walkways. It is a most unusual exhibit.
A visit to the Wolf Education Research Center (WERC) in Winchester, Idaho gave us the the opportunity to learn more about the much misunderstood timber wolf which roams wild in the northwestern states of the USA.
We decided to take a small detour on our journey from Birmingham to Montgomery, Alabama to visit the Mercedes Benz visitor centre in Tuscaloosa.