Since Rick and I have been traveling full time in our motorhome, Lucy, we have been to many states and seen many beautiful places. We are licensed in the state of South Dakota but have not spent any time here until this week. It’s a gorgeous place, especially this area of the Black Hills. The people are friendly and there is much to see and do here. Imagine my surprise when we see that we are almost the only South Dakota residents in this entire RV park! There are RV’s from as far away as Alaska, but it’s rare to find one from South Dakota. I guess it’s true that most people never get around to exploring things in their own back yard. If you haven’t, as yet, explored this area, put it on your bucket list. You will be happy you did.
In my last post, I mentioned stopping in Custer, SD for a short walk around town before continuing on to see Crazy Horse. Sherry of In the Direction of our Dreams fame, commented about how much she had liked the painted Buffalo that are on display on street corners in Custer when she and David traveled through here a year ago. I had forgotten to post those pictures. I had added them to my Facebook page but missed putting them on the blog. So Sherry, here’s a couple of my favorites, just for you :)
They are pretty cool, aren’t they? There is a similar display in Raleigh, NC with artistically done wolves. Also pretty neat.
The next excursion on our list was the famous Needles Highway. What a beautiful drive!
Deemed “impossible” to construct by its critics, the Needles highway—a National Scenic Byway—was completed in 1922 and includes 14 miles of sharp turns, low tunnels, and impressive granite spires. The road lies within the 73,000 acre Custer State Park, just 30 miles south of Rapid City.
The beginning of our drive
Beautiful rock formations that pale to the formations further up
The first of our tunnels and the largest.
Beautiful Sylvan Lake
Entrance to another tunnel
View from the top
Beautiful rock formations right on the road as we start down
Lots of hairpin curves and switchbacks
with beautiful spires to guide your way.
The road is narrow but paved. Seldom is there any center line markings. There are some steep drop offs and it is not a road to drive if you’re in any kind of hurry. It is also not the road to drive if narrow, winding, drop off roads scare you. Seriously. Take a bus tour. The scariest part of this drive was meeting scared people. Scared people drive right down the middle of the road…because they are too afraid not to. That leaves those of us meeting them very little road. There are bus tours running every day. This is a scenic drive not to be missed but why not leave the driving to them? OK. ‘Nuff said. That was my mini rant of the day :)
Next up: Sturgis and Deadwood. See you then and thanks for stopping by.