We ran a few errands when we woke up in the morning, then drove from Rapid City to Spokane Creek Cabins & Campground in Keystone, SD, and I helped Brannon work on the way.
Camping in Keystone, SD
When we got to the campground, Brannon worked while Ember and I hung outside for a bit, then I caught up on some dishes, camper cleaning, and did some laundry up the road.
The campground was nice - simple but clean. The weather was once again perfect - 70's during the day, and even a bit chilly in the 50's-60's at night. The air was a little crisp, almost like Colorado. We spent most of the time without the AC on in the camper, and we started the trip worried that we were going to get too hot (although I'm sure that will be the case when we hit the desert in the later part of the summer). We have been SO blessed with the weather so far this trip! Absolutely perfect for hiking, sleeping, etc...
The sunset that night was breathtaking. The sky looked like it was on fire, but still had a beautiful mix of purples, pinks and blues. I haven't seen a sunset that beautiful since Maui.
Then we packed up and headed up to the town of Keystone, where we grabbed a coffee from a local coffee shop and walked around a bit. Keystone reminded us a lot of a little mountain town in Colorado, like Estes Park or Winter Park - a row of cute little shops, mostly souvenir-ish, but fun to walk around all the same. We bought a corn dog and fries to split at a small outdoor restaurant and sat on their balcony, enjoying the once again perfect weather.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Black Hills National Forest
Crazy Horse Memorial
We had heard of another sculpture called Crazy Horse that was nearby, and has apparently been under construction for several years. Part of the face is the only part that is done, but it's supposed to eventually be a Native American riding a horse. We decided to go since we were so close, but then found out that it also costs $11 to even get into the place. No, thank you. It will be pretty neat when it's finished, but we took a distant profile picture of it and moved on.
After we left Custer, we just started driving. It's been nice - we haven't really kept a tight schedule of having to be certain places at certain times. We haven't made any reservations on this trip until the day of - because that's when we decide where we're going to stay that night (we've actually only stayed at two different campgrounds - the other nights were at Walmart's or friends' homes). We had a rough itinerary, but are just going to each place when we feel ready - when we feel we've absorbed what the last place has to offer.
There's a Walmart in Sheridan, WY that allows overnighters, so we headed there to sleep (because once again, the weather is perfect - no need for electricity).
South Dakota, you've surprised and delighted us with your scenic views, your perfect weather, and your kitschy roadside attractions. We will speak of you with joy.
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