May 06, 2010
Oct 14, 2010
Then I started driving to Custer, SD, which is about a 12 1/2 hour drive according to my GPS and about 13 1/2 hours according to Google. I'm not sure which one to trust. I stopped for the night in Mitchell, SD. I still have about five hours to go. I have a reservation for a tour at Jewel Cave National Monument tomorrow afternoon.
I left Dubuque and drove to Charles Mound, the highest point in Illinois. I hiked out to the highpoint, took some pictures and hiked back to the car. Charles Mound is on private land and is only open to the public the first weekends of June, July, August and September, which is why I haven't been there sooner. I've now been to the highpoints of 41 states. The only other easy one I have left is Hawaii. Boundary Peak, the highpoint of Nevada, is the only other single-day climb I have left. The highpoints of California, Idaho and Utah are all multi-day climbs that don't require any special skills or equipment. The highpoint of Washington, Mt. Rainier, is a multi-day climb on a glacier. The highpoint of Montana is a multi-day climb requiring rockclimbing skills. The highpoint of Wyoming is over 40 miles and is also on a glacier. And then there's Denali, the highpoint of Alaska, which normally takes almost three weeks.