John was a fantastic tour guide, and very accommodating from start to finish.
The tour was never dull, as he told us stories of the wondrous nature that abound on both sides of the van when driving to our destinations. Sharing poetry pieces from Badger Clark, and making sure we were entertained, it was a great way to see South Dakota with a very insightful view of the history of the Midwest and the science behind the nature.
There was one very deep takeaway that has remained with me in my travels ever since:
"Humans tend to see things the wrong way nowadays, it is as if things were the way they are supposed to be when we got here, and remain that way. But we are but one small piece of history in the earth's documentation of ages; we aren't as significant as we think."
But then he said, "When we think about the earth's age in terms of billions of years, we might come to find we are insignificant. But the fact that we can do so much to impact the Earth in such a small amount of time as compared to earth's extensive history makes us so much more significant."
As you can probably tell, John was very intelligent in constructing his tours, and I would love for this tour to be kept that way. Even if many people come for the tour just to see the sights, there are a handful who'd love to hear an educational view of the places they visit.
John was kind enough to pick me up from my hotel in Rapid City, and drop me off after as well.
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