Our New Favorite Place – Black Hills, SD

Driving through South Dakota sure is pretty

Driving through South Dakota sure is pretty

The Black Hills of South Dakota were so pretty. It was such an interesting change of scenery from the Badlands. They are both beautiful in different ways. Chris found an amazing campground called “Broken Arrow” just outside of Custer in a valley surrounded by the Black Hills. Broken Arrow is actually a horse camp, meaning people who travel with their horses can stay here. There are stables to board your horse, and the campsites have full hook-ups and incredible views. The best part about this campground was everyone was so friendly! We hadn’t experienced comradery of this level since Turtle Beach in Siesta Key, outside of Sarasota, FL, back on Superbowl Sunday in February. The owners, Jerry and Sue, were always around working on something or another (Jerry was mowing grass or helping Chris fix a hose on our water pump and Sue was always on her horse giving guests tours of the trails), and the fellow campers were all super friendly and fun. And don’t miss the chuckwagon dinner they have once a week! We had such a good time here we stayed a few extra days just to relax and chat with neighbors.

The Black Hills

The Black Hills

We did some exploring too. Custer State Park is so pretty – we drove through on Father’s Day. Chris went on a solo hike while Zeph slept in the car and I stayed with him, up to the “Needles” in the Black Hills. I did so much laundry there a lady stopped to comment on the amounts of dirty clothes I was hauling up the little hill from our campsite to the laundry room. She and her hubby ended up being some of our new friends. We made more friends in this campground than we have maybe on our whole trip! I think we will be back at Broken Arrow in the next few years… hopefully with some horses in tow!

Our view of the Black Hills from Broken Arrow campground

Our view of the Black Hills from Broken Arrow campground

We saw Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse monuments while we were in the area. Both are cool, although I’m going to say Crazy Horse is cooler. It’s nowhere near finished. Just Crazy Horse’s face is carved into the mountain, there’s still his upper body and his horse to finish. They’ve been at it for over twenty years now I think. They won’t take any government money for the project because they don’t see it as that kind of thing, which I think is cool. The guy who started the carving of the mountain is no longer alive, but seven of his ten kids live there and took up the task after he was gone. I think it’s gonna be another ten or twenty years before the whole thing is finished, but it’s going to be like 100 times bigger than Mt Rushmore… pretty impressive.
Oh, one not cool thing about this part of the trip: Zeph got chicken pox. Actually we are thanking our lucky stars that he had a super light case… only about 20 pox, and only a couple of those blistered up. He never seemed to be itchy and only had a 100 degree fever for an afternoon. Hopefully it was a good enough bout that he won’t ever get them again.

Checking out the view from the side of the road on the Peter Norbeck highway

Checking out the view from the side of the road on the Peter Norbeck highway

Eventually we HAD to leave Broken Arrow, as we were meeting Chris’s parents in Billings, Montana for a couple weeks to check out Yellowstone. On our way west, we stopped in the town of Deadwood for a couple nights. It was cool to see, as we’d heard it was the Vegas of the Midwest, but there really wasn’t too much to do there so we headed to Billings, Montana a night early. We had to get prepared for the in-laws to visit!!!

Zeph and the Presidents... and a chicken pock.

Zeph and the Presidents… and a chicken pock.

The journey thus far...

The journey thus far…

 

 

  • Papa

    Great job as always. The inlaw !!!!