Horse Rides and Presidents in South Dakota – Our Boy Life
We’re wrapping up our trip to South Dakota. In fact we’re driving home as I write this. We saw and did a lot but also had plenty of down time. We feel like we only scratched the surface of all that South Dakota has to offer. We all want to come back! Day 5: Sunday If you recall from my last post, it was rainy, rainy the night before. It continued to drizzle and be downcast on Sunday, so we were glad we hadn’t planned an outdoor activity. Custer State Park Drive We drove through Custer State Park in search of buffalo. They have a herd of 1300 that’s supposed to be fairly visible. We did see one buffalo before we actually got into the park but then didn’t spot any all along our drive. We did, however, see a beautiful park with lots of great views. Needles Highway was a neat drive. We particularly enjoyed going through Needles Eye Tunnel which is only 8 feet 4 inches wide! We thought we were almost done when we made a stop that we wish we had come to at the beginning of our drive. The Visitor Center was very cool. They had a lot of good information and were incredibly helpful. They pointed us in the right direction of some buffalo that had been spotted that morning. They were down a dirt road that we hadn’t turned down. Before we headed back out to find the buffalo, though, we watched a well done movie in the visitor center’s very nice theater. The movie told all about the park’s history and highlighted some of the things you can do in the park. It’s such a huge park! We could probably spend a week there alone. The boys also enjoyed the climbing wall in the visitor center. We found the buffalo! It was just a little drive back the way we had been and down a well maintained dirt road. This certainly wasn’t the whole herd, but we (the boys especially) were excited to find them. Our drive back to the campground took us over Iron Mountain Road which was built to have a view. There were points all along it gave glimpses of Mount Rushmore. The most fun points, though, are the tunnels that frame the monument as you go through them. Though not as narrow as Needles Eye Tunnel, the smallest of these tunnels is only 13 feet wide. That’s still pretty tight! Day 6: Monday Horseback Riding For a long time, our oldest has wanted to ride a horse. On Monday, Jeremy got to make that wish come true for him when he took him on a horseback ride at the campground. He loved it and just can’t stop talking about “Mint”. More pictures to come later on this week! This little guy wasn’t old enough for the real horseback ride, but he was a trooper and hung out with Mom. Here we are waiting for the riders to get back. Bike Ride I’m not the greatest at selfies, but this is us riding on a 4 seater “bike” at the campground. The boys had been watching people on them all week and were just dying to try it. Check out the video below. Presidents in Keystone Our stay at the KOA included free entry to the National Presidential Wax Museum in Keystone, SD. It was interesting to learn about a lot of the presidents and neat to see what they might have looked like (or look for those still alive). Some of the likenesses were very impressive! They also had a short video about how they are made that was also interesting. We walked around Keystone and checked out all the little shops. We made short work of the shops and headed back to the campground with a pizza in tow. After pizza, we snuggled up on the couch and watched a movie to end our day. Day 7 Now we’re headed home. We had an easy breakfast, packed up the trailer, and got on the road. It was a fun trip, and we’ll be back to South Dakota for sure! More pictures to come in the coming days. Stay tuned!