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Aug 17, 2017 - Black Hills

Our time in the Black Hills was short but we really enjoyed the beautiful park. We stayed in the Grace Coolidge Campground. That allowed us to see Mt. Rushmore, Sylvan Lake, the Needles area, numerous tunnels, etc. On Saturday we had to move on to Sundance.

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Aug 2, 2015 - The Hogs are in the pen

Our drive from Sioux Falls to Rapid City was somewhat eventful...We were traveling West on I-90 when traffic came to a halt. A dead stop - people were out of their cars and off of their motorcycles. We checked in with our other Hog friends and chatted with them while we waited for the traffic to clear. When it finally started moving again, we came upon the remnants of what looked to be a pretty serious accident. One motorcycle was destroyed, and a truck/trailer was disabled on the side. We learned later from Pat and Lorenzo (who were behind...

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Jun 13, 2014 - Iron Mountain Rd.

U.S. Route 16A is a scenic highway, which divides from U.S. Route 16 in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The Iron Mountain Highway passes through Keystone, South Dakota; Norbeck Wildlife Refuge; Mount Rushmore National Memorial; and Custer State Park; before rejoining the parent highway. US 16A is famous for its scenic, one-lane tunnels aligned to frame the faces on Mount Rushmore, its "pigtail bridges", and its sections of divided highway but with single (and narrow) lanes on each roadway. The Iron Mountain portion of the road is not...

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Jun 10, 2014 - Harney Peak & Little Devils Tower

Harney Peak is the highest natural point in South Dakota and is located in the Black Elk Wilderness area, in Black Hills National Forest. At 7,242 feet it is also the highest summit in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains and the highest point in the Black Hills. Harney Peak is topped by stone fire tower providing a magnificent view. The historic fire lookout tower built upon the remote summit remains as an abandoned shell and is open to the public. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the mid-1930’s, photos of the structure...

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Jun 8, 2014 - Needles Highway

The Black Hills Needles Highway is 14 miles long and is part of the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway. Finished in 1922, the highway is named after the high granite "needles" it winds among. Access to the Needles Highway requires a Custer State Park entrance license/fee of $15, good for one week, making that portion of SD 87 a toll road. The highway passes through two one lane tunnels blasted through sheer granite walls—Iron Creek Tunnel at mile 25, and Needles Eye Tunnel at mile 31. Owing to the narrow roadway, sharp turns, and low tunnels, the...

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Oct 9, 2013 - Needles Highway & Rushmore Cave (zipline)

To finish off our day, we added two more local attractions! The first was a spectacular drive along Needles Highway in the Black Hills. This highway is noted for its spectacular views coupled with hairpin switchback turns and extremely small tunnels - not suite for our camper! Charlie Jr drove his car and we stopped often for pictures, and for animals in the road! We then went to Rushmore Cave, that had a lot of things to do like going thru their cave, Ziplining, and an animated ride where you shoot at the bad guys. We all had a fun!...

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Oct 9, 2013 - Crazyhorse Memorial

Besides Mt. Rushmore, we also went to see the Crazyhorse Memorial mountain carving - still in progress! Its the largest mountain carving in the world, and in perspective, the entire Mt. Rushmore carving could fit inside the head of Crazyhorse! Its privately funded, and is projected to take many more years to finish...probably in our kids lifetime! This is an Indian tribute to one of the greatest chiefs of all time - Crazyhorse.

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Sep 14, 2012 - Tatanka and Green Wine

On Saturday we finally made it to the Black Hills. That was our final destination and we spent several days there. The reason that these mountains (hills) are called “black” is because of the Ponderosa Pine trees. Ponderosa Pines absorb light so that from a distance the hills look black. We spent Saturday night in Deadwood South Dakota. The entire town of Deadwood is on the National Registry of Historic Places. The town is quaint and architecturally interesting but after about an hour of walking the town all we saw were casinos and tee...

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Our Journey 2012

Aug 15, 2012 - Ft. Hayes and our tour of the Black Hills

Good Grief, where do I begin regarding our day in the Black Hills of South Dakota? There is so much to see and do, so much to say and type! Beware, the day was very overcast and getting good pictures was difficult. We were up at 5:30 in the morning to drive the rig over to Ft. Chuck wagonkwagon. "Dances With Wolves was filmed just east of the Black Hills on Private Property. The owner took the film set and moved it to it's current location and re-created the studio as well as providing breakfast, lunch, dinner, a western show and tours of...

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Jul 21, 2011 - The rest of our stay in the Black Hills

It had been a few years since we had spent much time in the Black Hills for more than just overnights so we had not been on a tour of the wineries here.. There are four of them in the Hill City/Custer area and Saturday was a good day to try them. Or so we thought… The temperatures were so hot outside that I think just about everyone had the same idea.. Get in an air conditioned car and drive to air conditioned buildings.. Wow was it ever crowded where ever we went.. One of the ones we tried was called the Naked Winery with a slogan of “We...

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Bill and Helen/ 2011

Jul 18, 2011 - Custer State Park, and another high point

July 17…. Concert was interesting. Brand new facility—only the second weekend of shows. Their chairs had not arrived yet, so we were seated on the white plastic chairs rented for weddings. Diamond Rio opened for the Oakridge Boys. The noise level was so loud that even with earplugs (toilet paper wadded up) it was still painful. Plus you could not understand a single word they sang. They played too long. We left after 5 Oakridge Boys songs as we had an hour drive back to the campground. It was still hot. July 18…We drove to Custer State...

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Sep 4, 2010 - Back in the Black Hills of So. Dakota

We are currently in the Black Hills of So. Dakota (again). We actually came back here to take care of some personal business. We'll be here until Wednesday morning, the plus side for us while we're here is we get a chance to visit with friends Guy & Judy (they work here in the park for the summer months). Our drive here was windy, in fact we had more head winds....not good for the fuel economy, but the scenery was nice. Our destination from here will be New Mexico, we hope to take in Carlsbad Caverns & Roswell (gotta do the alien thing).

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