Wild Wild West

Trip Start Jun 10, 2009
Trip End Jul 16, 2009

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Whistler's Gulch Campground

Flag of United States  , South Dakota
Saturday, June 20, 2009

We made it to Deadwood around 5 pm. We unknowingly planned our trip just right and arrived during their annual Wild Bill Days that celebrates the life of Wild Bill Hitchcock.  We were very lucky and found a campground near downtown that had public transportation. The campsite was towards the top of a little mountain and we wedged the tent in to a little cove in the wood to keep out of the wind. The public transportation in this town is a little green trolley, much different from the subway in Chicago. :)

We took the trolley to town where none other than the Rhinestone Cowboy, Glen Campbell was on stage in the middle of main street.  The atmosphere was great, every bar had a Casino and a live band!  There were old time cowboys walking around everywhere, spurs and all.   We had a great time listening to the live music and people watching.

The next day we got up early and head to a field where we thought we would see the re-enactment of Wild Bills shooting.  Well, we didnt find that but we did find a QuickDraw shoot out contest.  I have never seen anything like that before.. it was great!  Just like the night before everyone was dressed in their best western gear.  We asked the trolley driver if they were just dressed for the weekend but he informed us that most of the town dresses like that everyday.  Talk about going back in time.  We also caught a little of a header and heeler calf roping contest.

After we had enough of the shootout and cow roping we went on to Black Hills National Forest to check out Mt. Rushmore.  We got some good advice from one of Bryce's friend to not pay to see Mt. Rushmore since it is easily seen from the road.  After we checked out mt rushmore we drove thru Custer State Park and then on to Wind Cave National Park for another CAVE TOUR.  I really didnt want to go in another cave anytime soon after the 4 hour tour in Mammoth Cave but this tour turn out to be alright.  Only 1 and 1/2 hours this time but the formations were a lot different from Mammoth.  After the Cave tour we drove by the Crazy Horse Memorial and them back to Deadwood for another night.  We took it easy and just sat on the office's porch then went to bed early to rest up for another day of driving.
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