Just got back from summer vacation in the lovely Black Hills of South Dakota.
Days filled with fresh air, sunshine, and constant hiking.
Or first hike was a little jaunt on the Presidential Trail that let us walk right along the rock field directly beneath those famous faces.
Then we walked the Deerfield Trail from Silver City until sunset finally forced us to turn back.
Day 2 was taken up with the two hour drive into Wyoming to visit Devils Tower. We did the Tower Loop Trail. It was pretty amazing to see all the different views as we circled the monument and went up to the boulder field. Plus, there were miles of prairie dog villages. I'm always amused by the little guys.
Day 3 started with a hike in Custer State Park. We took Trail #4 to Little Devils Tower because why not? We hit up the big guy the day before, might as well do the junior. Lots of switchbacks, some minor rock scrambles, and the best was sitting at the top in the sunshine while watching and hearing a thunderstorm rage on the next mountain over.
Day 4 was a trip up to Spearfish Canyon. I've been meaning to make this hike for years and it was worth the wait. We hiked up to Roughlock Falls along the lower canyon ridge and everything about it was gorgeous. Well, almost everything. I got to be a bit of a jerk when I informed a woman about the error of her ways when she attempted to leave with a chipmunk she had lured into her purse with crackers. Idiots.
Still in Spearfish Canyon, we did a quick stop to view the Bridal Veil Falls.
And a trip to the Hills wouldn't be complete without seeing a few buffalo. We saw tons of wildlife. Chipmunks, prairie dogs, woodchucks, beaver, a coyote, buffalo, wild turkey, wild burros, and a whole bunch of fish and birds.