Whispering Winds Cottages
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We ended today with a drive through the Custer state Park wildlife drive. Before we even got to that, we saw huge deer several bucks in velvet, pin horn, a turkey, and elk. Down the winding and curvy drive filled with hills, valleys, bridges and sharp bends, we saw mostly deer and more pin horn. We saw a couple buffalo off in the distance. At the top of a hill ...
... mixed grass prairie in the U.S. Our photos don't do justice to the gorgeous colors of the earth, sky and grasses.
After spending several hours driving through the park and stopping at overlooks, we were heading home. We could see a storm brewing in the distance even though it was bright, sunny and hot where we were. As we continued on the road out of the park, a large beautiful mountain goat caught my eye. We stopped; I got out and low ...
... Black Elk was the second cousin of the Crazy Horse. Black Elk participated in the Battle of Little Big Horn at the young age of twelve, and was also at the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890. The area known as the Black Elk Wilderness is considered to be holy ground to the Lakota Sioux. Harney Peak is known in some Plain Indian dialects as the "tall rock mountain in the center of the world. "It was easy to see why, it is a magical place.
I got an early start ...
... took our photos's hastily, and got back on the road. We then drive for hours, across great expanses of land, often seeing no other vehicle in either directions for long spells of time. We stopped for gas (petrol) in Belle Fourche and discovered it was the geographical centre of the USA (see photo's and google it if interested) We then set of about 6 to Mount Rushmore drive through the Black Hill of South Dakota, very pleasant and again passing very few other vehicles. We ...
It was nice getting up with comfortable temperatures. We headed to Mt Rushmore. I had not realized that it was over 5000 feet elevation. [seems like all the roads are steep up and down - more later].
The National Park Service did a great job making Mt Rushmore accessible to all, making a dramatic approach layout [ you can see the stone carvings as soon as you get out of the parking lot] looking down ...