Friday, July 31, 2009

we still haven't seen it all!

A really chilly morning in Hill City, it was in the low 40's when we woke up today! Thank goodness our cabin had a little heater. Is this really July? Thank goodness for polar fleece.
We were back at Mount Rushmore by 8:30 in the morning, for breakfast with George, Thomas, Theodore, and Abe. The skies were cerulean blue and it was a perfect day for exploring the mountain. It was starting to get quite crowded about the time we were ready to leave, so we jumped in the Ridgeline and headed out to Custer State Park.
Lunch at the Game Lodge (used by Calvin Coolidge as the summer White House, back in the day) was delicious, and fueled us up for an afternoon of exploring the vast prairies of the park. We spied prairie dogs and antelope, and finally came across the promised numbers of buffalo. The winding hills were such fun, Mike loved the pigtail turns (wishing he was taking them on his motorcycle), and the views were beyond spectacular. The best driving and most breathtaking scenery was found along the Needles Highway, and after 'threading the needle' we made our way to Sylvan Lake Lodge for a sumptious dinner. We had the outdoor stone patio to ourselves, and Frank sang to us in the background while we enjoyed the last bits of sunshine.
A fitting end to another wonderful day in South Dakota. If you haven't been, you really must plan a trip out here.

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