Today’s agenda was a scenic drive through Custer State Park along the Wildlife Loop Drive and Needles Highway.
The scenery is beyond breathtaking. The Black Hills are a Paleozoic/Mesozoic Formation, formed when a large dome pushed up from the earth in the region. Over the years the softer sediment eroded, leaving behind strange granite formations.
There are a number of tunnels that are carved out of the rock that get progressively smaller, with the most narrow being just over 8' wide. This makes for a very interesting drive in our wide dually, long bed Dodge Ram. We were getting more and more anxious at each tunnel that we entered.
The mountain road began to be more crowded with traffic near the small parking area to view the rock formation call Needles Eye. Since we could not stop to see it, I had to buy a postcard of it.
The Needle's Eye, part of the Needles formation in the northern portion of Custer State Park, has parking directly under the Needle and this is a favorite spot for rock climbing with both beginner and expert routes up the rocks.
On the way back we went through the town of Williams and stopped for lunch at an adorable old German hotel & restaurant called the Alpine Inn. Good food and ambiance.
Later, we went to visit friends Bruce & Susan Williamson at their campground and then they came to join us at the Elks lodge for dinner with their traveling companions, Darlene & Jerry. We all had a fun evening.