We stopped for lunch in Belle Fourche, WY. The road from MT to SD winds thru SD for a bit. It was a really cool place to have lunch at. Since the USA added Alaska + Hawaii to the country, it became the absolute centre of the country. So Finley, Pia (penelope’s new nickname) and I were literally standing in the middle of the country. It was yet again a uber hot day and the fact that there was little sun made it so muggy and gross. A lot of pink lemonade from minute maid was consumed by moi.
We stopped for some ice cream in Hill City, SD. It is the heart of the Black Hills and very close to Sturgis. There were motorcycles everywhere! It was awesome! I think when I retire I am going to grow my hair long, braid it, buy a bandana and a bike and ride around the country. There is something so liberating and cool about it. Although to be honest, I have no idea if I will have the cool factor required to look cool on said top notch Harley. I also purchased another pair of TOMS. If you are familiar with their shoes (if you are not, you should be) they are the faces edition. They are uber hot. Greg purchased a cowboy hat to block him from the intense heat and it will come in handy for Stampede too. It was probably my favourite little town I have ever been in. Super friendly people and great ice cream!
After leaving Hill City, we drove through the Black Hills and into Custer State Park which is where we would be camping for the next 4 nights at Sylvan Lake campground. It is known as the crown jewel of Custer State Park and for very good reason. It was beautiful. I was so excited because I was finally going to get to use my new sleeping bag that we ordered from REI but it was so hot each night that I never actually got to use it until we got to Yellowstone. The low each night didn’t go below 20 I don’t think and the highs for the 4 days in SD ranged from 37-45 degrees so it was insanely hot.
After we set up the campsite and had supper, we headed to what was in our backyard: Sylvan Lake. It was absolutely stunning. The pictures seriously don’t give it justice. Not even a little bit.
I love that photo of Finley above. She looks like a mermaid with her pose on the rock. It was the perfect ending to what was a pretty great day. We went to bed beaming with excitement for Mount Rushmore the following morning.