This fourth & final full day of our summer vacation started off on an interesting note. I had a pop-tart for breakfast, a diet coke, took my vitamins & was feeling a wee bit queasy. We left the front office of the Horse Thief campground & my husband started taking some of those turns (Horse Thief is on the road that goes straight into Custer & Needles Highway). I told him he'd better pull over - I was going to throw up - and sure 'nuff! We're right on the other side of a curve in the road, sitting 3/4 on the gravel, 1/4 on the road & I'm barfing all in the weeds. It was quite interesting. We carried on & eventually I felt fine, but that was a first for me. Our first stop for the day was going to be Devil's Tower in Wyoming, so we were in the for the long haul. We hit the road - next stop - Devil's Tower! I'm SO thankful that we did NOT listen to the people who said "it's not worth it" (said in a whiny voice, just so you know).
I highly HIGHLY recommend the hike all the way around the base of the tower. It was awesome with some phenomenal views. It's longer than you think it's going to be & sometimes I thought it was never going to end, but it was worth the fatigue!
We ate lunch at the little store right outside the entrance (there's nothing else in the area & we were turning north). It's a great little place to stop for a snack. We turned left outside of the park to head north towards Montana. I wanted my husband to be able to say he'd been 'to' Montana! I got to go in May/June when my mom had her stroke & we try to keep our tally pretty even ;) Let me just say... Oh. My. Lord. that was the most amazingly beautiful drive we've ever EVER taken. If you happen to find yourself at Devil's Tower on a awesome sunshiny day, turn north & head for Montana via back roads. You will NOT regret it. EVER.
After entering back into South Dakota, we stopped off in Belle Fourche at the Center of the Nation Monument. This was really interesting & there's a little cabin there that has a lot of history itself. We walked through it & spoke with the woman working, learned a few things & then began to make our way back towards the Black Hills.
We detoured across the Spearfish Canyon , through Deadwood & then Sturgis. After that, we hopped onto the interstate & made our way back to camp.
Literally within minutes of building our fire it began raining. We had to eat under our dining canopy & then run for cover in the tent. It rained ALL night & flooded the entire floor of our tent. We had drips coming through the screen at the top, even though the rain fly was on. It was adventurous, but I'm glad that we can keep a good attitude about things like that. Even though our tent threatened to blow away a few times, we slept like rocks! LOL :)
Hope you've enjoyed hearing about our amazing summer vacation! I hope you can make it to the Black Hills sometime. I really would love to make it back before we move back to the South, but that's just not going to happen. Next trip: Chicago. Tenth wedding anniversary! Yay!!