After our visit to Mount Rushmore we headed over to Custer State Park to camp for the night, first stopping to get a cake for HorseyBug’s birthday. She turned 12 and we wanted to acknowledge the day, even if we were planning to celebrate it at Grandma and Papa’s.
The drive down Iron Mountain was absolutely gorgeous! The air smelled so clean and pretty. It took a while to get down it, and when we finally got the right road we were surrounded by a herd of buffalo. This happened twice while we there. Everyone ate it up, of course, and we used lots of digital shots taking pictures.
The girls thought it was amazing that we could have touched them out our windows! Another fun thing was seeing so many new babies!
We finally found our campsite and pitched the tent:
Roasted our hot dogs:
Celebrated HorseyBug’s birthday:
and fell into our sleeping bags at 10:45 pm, only to be greeted by full daylight at 5 am. By 6 am everyone was up, dressed, fed and playing while Mr. Bug and I re-packed the car. Everyone else in the campground was still sleeping, and I had to keep reminding the kids that we had to be QUIET!
Next thing I know, JuneBug is hollering at the top of her lungs! “A buffalo, a buffalo!” We turn around and sure enough, there was a buffalo running through the camp. We hurried the packing up and tried to slink out of the camp before any irate sleepers found us… 🙂
We headed out to enjoy the beauty of Custer State Park. Our first stop of the morning was a small cave.
We barely saw it from the road.
We are in all in the entrance – it really wasn’t a cave, but it was fun to explore!
We hiked to the top of the rocks that made the little cave.
Then we resumed our drive. Along the way, we enjoyed the barn swallows (I didn’t get a picture of them), prairie dogs, and see what other wildlife we could. Here is a small sampling:
Deer (why do they always cross the road in front of us?)
We also stopped to view the Eye of the Needle formation along Needles Highway:
And enjoy some Black Hills rock climbing:
On our way to Wind Cave at last, we saw this lovely and inviting sight:
Not bad for about 4 1/2 hours!