Blogs from Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota, United States, North America


July 18 This morning we got up after a thunder filled night of sleep. The mosquitos now seem to know our names and greet us cheerfully the minute we step outside. We were anxious to leave this place this morning so I only offered David cold cereal for breakfast. We just couldn’t leave here soon enough. The dogs were quick too this morning, quite happy to get in the truck. We are heading west to the Black Hills. We’ve never spent a lot of time in the Black Hills just a quick stop so in total we will spend 7 days sight seeing. Unfortunately, our worries about the drivers side front tire and the shimmy is first in our list to attend too. David called yesterday and got a tire and alignment appointment for tomorrow about ... read more
Bison in Grasslands National Park near highway 44
Rancher bailing hay near the Black Hills in SD.
Old Sinclair dinosaur near Rapid City SD on highway 44.

blog 08-26-17 Our Forefathers Day The morning was glorious with clear blue skies and low 60s temp. The dog walk was beautiful, just smelling the air filled with the scent of pine and grassy smell. We are starting to acclimate to the alititude better, able to walk without feeling like there is no air. We are at 4,774ft right now, twice what I am used to and 4 times what Ginnie is used to. Even Linus seems to be having a little trouble, just not himself. We sat outside for a short time then formulated a plan for the day. I knew that thunderstorms would form in the afternoon so we headed out early for Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse. There was traffic at the entrance to Mt Rushmore but we found a parking place in ... read more
flags and lights at night
classic shot

We drove across the State of South Dakota to Mt Rushmore. The flat plains have given way to pine covered hills. The area is referred to the Black Hills due to the dark colour of the granite. Arrived at the KOA Campsite and after setting up the trailer headed to the town of Hill City about 10 minutes away,. This is a historic one street town. We found a saloon and had a local craft beer. We did not have to check our pistols at the door. Our campground is located 10 mins from Mt Rushmore in the middle of the Black Hills area. The campground is very large – over 600 campsites, over 50 cabins and a lodge. They hold a Rodeo in the park every few weeks but unfortunately we missed it. Our campsite ... read more
Mount Rushmore KOA
Mount Rushmore KOA

Ok I know, two posts in one day is unusual but it is pouring here and we are forced to take a day off. Couldn’t have a better day off then Michelle’s birthday and couldn’t have a worse day with this wind and rain. So this is catch-up time for me before I get too far behind in my posts. Ellsworth AFB is a great pivot spot centrally located near the Black Hills, the Badlands and Sturgis. We have taken full advantage of the first two days, one on the bike in warm calm weather and one in the truck in 20+ mph winds with afternoon thunderstorms. Our first stop was someplace that most everyone would say, yeah I would love to see that but it’s so far away, I won’t ever get the chance. That ... read more
A humbleing experience
So impressive, so massive
In the Badlands

DAY 14 - Sunday, July 10, 2016 Wayne, Nebraska to Oacoma, SD - Missouri River to Wall, SD to Keystone, SD - Mt. Rushmore National Monument to Willow Creek Black Hills National Forest Campground Who knew Wayne, Nebraska would be such a rockin’ town all night long? They are serious about their Chicken Show weekend! Geoff drove us back toward the east entrance of town and we slept away from all the celebration noise. In the morning we said goodbye to our Glass family relatives - Thanks again for the showers! :) It was a real treat to meet more relatives - thank you, Lord! We grocery shopped at the local Pac ’N Save and hit our first of several highways to weave our way northwest back to Interstate-90. Very pretty countrysides but it was a ... read more
a feast at Wall Drug
Let's go buy some stuff

reprise du blog car nous étions à Iron Creek Lake,logé dans une cabane en bois ou le wifi n'existait pas.....nous avons passé 5 nuits ,au pied d'un lac avec un beau programme:rodéo,visite de Keystone,spearfish canyon, grands paysages à perte de vue....Photos à suivre!!!... read more
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Journey to the West a.k.a Tour of the American Monuments, Memorials and National Parks From 14th August to 1st September 2012 By Benjamin Boey Geography is one of my favourite subjects in high school. I always paid full attention when Ms. Geh explained the landscape and geological formation of the North America in a very stimulating approach. I scored a distinction for this subject for my GCE “O”level back in the 1980’s. It has always been my wildest dream to witness the massive eruption of the Old Faithful geyser in the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. I also had dreams of trekking down the gorges of the Grand Canyon to see how the powerful Colorado River created such mammoth erosion to the plateau. I received my US visa after completing a MBA course back in 2003 ... read more
Blackhills of South Dakota
An Indian teepee
Mt Rushmore

Hello from the Black Hills! We have finally made it to South Dakota, one of the places we looked forward to seeing most. We left out motel room pretty early yesterday, trying to get a jump on the road. We finally stayed at a motel that offered breakfast so I got to have toast and yogurt instead of the oatmeal I've eaten every day on the road. The drive brought us through southern Minnesota, from the woods to the plains. It was really different watching the scenery change, especially since I've never seen the Great Plains before. Just at the border we saw a giant field of windmills (?). They stretched on for miles in every direction and I felt like Don Quixote driving through them. We continued through and the border to South Dakota soon ... read more
Battle Creek, SD campground

BEFORE I START I just added a bunch of new names to be notified when a blog is published. I hope that is okay with y'all. This is the second blog for this trip, so you might want to go back and read the first. Not everyone knows our plan for this trip, so I will write that. Our prime goal for the whole trip is the Canadian Rockies -Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise - before the snow flies, so we left New Hampshire at the end of June (we travel slowly...) Next will be Vancouver and Vancouver Island, Washington, Oregon, and California. We plan to store the RV and car in CA while we fly home in mid to late October for the holidays, then return to them sometime in January. After "wintering" in CA, we'll ... read more

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