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North to Mt Rushmore in South Dakota

The next day we went back & packed everything up, looked at a road map & decide Mount Rushmore in South Dakota didn't look too far away, so we dumped the tent in a bin & headed north.

We arrived at the Black Hills & Prairies of South Dakota. There was heaps of bison by the road. We passed a Wal Mart in a town & bought a new dome tent which was so quick to put up & set up camp in Custer State Park for a few nights where we could do day trips from.

Camping life is so good…especially sitting around the campfire at night. Camping dinners were easy – lots of jaffles.

Did heaps of fun stuff – boating activities in paddle boats, row boats & kayaks. On dusk we did the nature loop drive & saw bison, burros, deer & prarie dogs. We walked around Lake Sylvan & the boy swam to this massive rock in the middle & then jumped off it

I loved the many tunnels we drove through that were only 1 car wide & often framed the presidents heads. ( Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt & Lincoln)

Mt Rushmore was the highlight. These presidents heads are just massive & were completed in 1941. Much of the carving was done by explosives & then hanging over the edge of the cliff to do it by hand. The tower up at 5,500 feet & each head is as tall as a 6 story building

We were in the Black Hills while the Sturgess Bike Rally was in & there were thousands of bikes

We got up really early one day to do this 5 hour hike to the top of Harney peak. It took us 4 hours. When the boys got tired they stopped to lean against Brad to re-charge. The view from the top was so worth it! The summit is mostly bare of trees with uninhibited & spectacular views. There is an old stone two that was used as a fire lookout on the summit which is no longer in use

On our last night we camped at a lake in Wyoming. Nobody wanted to go home & we were all keen to keep heading north to North Dakota & Canada!!! Was one of our best holidays

Sylvan Lake

Sylvan Lake


Bison on the road

Bison on the road


Our new tent

Our new tent


Lake in Wyoming

Lake in Wyoming


South Dakota

South Dakota


Bikes from Sturgess rally

Bikes from Sturgess rally


Tunnels framing the presidents heads

Tunnels framing the presidents heads


Exiting a tunnel

Exiting a tunnel


My Harney hike

My Harney hike


On the hike

On the hike


Fire Tower on the summit

Fire Tower on the summit


Nath & Nick pointing to the top

Nath & Nick pointing to the top


View from the top

View from the top


Wyoming

Wyoming


Brad & Nath rowing  Lake Sylvan

Brad & Nath rowing Lake Sylvan


Mealtimes

Mealtimes


Nath asleep by the fire

Nath asleep by the fire


Praries with bison

Praries with bison


Presidents Heads

Presidents Heads

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in USA

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