Jul 01, 2010
Mar 31, 2011
We backtracked to Wyoming to see Devils Tower and then into South Dakota again to go thru the Black Hills via the scenic byway. We camped at Dumont Trailhead, one of the many hiking, biking trails throughout the area. Bike trails are incredible, wide, gravel base and have benches at scenic spots and potable water and pit toilets available along the way. They have bridges (skookum ones) over the creeks and even a bike trestle to cross the road. We saw an underground cement passageway being constructed to go under the road in one spot...unreal. At home we don't even have pedestrian paths or bike paths around town much less in the wild! Our campsite was set in among the trees overlooking a meadow, cool, quiet and just us. Continued down to Hills City to see Teddy Bear Town. It was a disappointment, may be in Guiness Book of Records but it is too crowded and just tons of teddy bears, nothing antique or really unique. Got our groceries and continued on to Keystone to a campground near Rushmore. Had a nice spot by the creek, went for a swim in the pool, showered, relaxed and Skyped with Hiapo, Kim and the kids...it was great to see/talk with them. We were impressed by Rushmore and enjoyed learning about the sculptor, Borglun and how the whole thing was made over many years. One of the original drillers was in the Visitor Center talking to people and signing his book. We hiked Presidents Trail, watched the informative videos and toured the museum. It was well worth the $10 fee, which by the way is good for a year! Planned out our route to the Badlands and that will be on our next entry.