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South Dakota Here We Come

South Dakota Here We Come -10 Days in South Dakota

South Dakota Here We Come

South Dakota here we come.  South Dakota has on my watchlist for some time.  The Badlands, Ghost towns, Blackhills, Needles Highway, Custer State Park, I’m sure you understand.
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Palisades State Park South Dakota

Palisades State Park South Dakota Trip

Palisades State Park South Dakota

Palisades State Park South Dakota is located on Split Rock Creek. In the 1870s Split Rock Creek was harnessed to power a large flour and feed mill, and a town called Palisades formed around it. I didn’t see any of the remains of the mill building in the area. Was told there is a small foundation left somewhere from it.

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Corn Palace and County Road Driving

Elvis on the Corn Palace, South Dakota

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Where do our travels bring us today?  The town of Mitchell, South Dakota to the Corn Palace and county road driving. Searching for old homes on county roads along the route.  At our last stop a lady talked my husband’s ear off and said we HAD to see the Corn Palace.

If someone tells you that you HAVE to see something, there is usually a good reason behind it. That is what we will do. Punched it into the GPS and headed out.

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Badlands Revisit

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Badlands Revisit

Today we are leaving Hill City, South Dakota and starting to snake our way toward Green Bay, Wisconsin. Last night’s homework was to write down places to stop on the way home.  Number one on each list – Badlands revisit before leaving South Dakota.

You know that feeling you have when you miss something? I have had that feeling since we left The Badlands National Park. Like there was something I missed. Something that begged for my full attention but I ignored it. Today, I shall find out what that might have been. If anything.
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Custer State Park Exploring

I can never get enough time watching the praire dogs

Custer State Park Exploring

On the first day, we drove through Custer State Park. It was a quick drive through. Today, is Custer State Park exploring day. We will spend time really going through the park. Exploring what it has to offer that we may have missed on the first go and anything else that looks interesting on the way back to our rental.

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Spearfish Canyon and Pactola Lake

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Spearfish Canyon and Pactola Lake

Spearfish Canyon and Pactola Lake were locations I secretly waited for. Spearfish Canyon held waterfalls and I positively adore waterfalls!  Plus, My new Vu Filter system was screaming for attention. I was itching to explore some of the options of new filters I had brought along.

As we approached, my husband pointed to the clouds of smoke billowing off the mountain top.  I believe that is our destination. It proved true.
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Deadwood and Sturgis

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Deadwood and Sturgis

Plenty of road travel time and interesting spots to stop off at today. Deadwood and Sturgis are where we are setting our sights today.

Sorry for the long break in the middle of our trip. I ran out of storage space to hold all my photos. I’m back on track now to finish out the remaining blogging days for the trip.

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Black Hills National Forest UTV Adventure

Black Hills National Forest UTV Adventure

My DH was doing some research on South Dakota and Google has this way of tailoring search results to us according to what we have looked up and expressed interest in. He showed me a link before we left for vacation for a Black Hills National Forest UTV Adventure.

I didn’t say too much about it.  Not because I didn’t want to do it, but we didn’t make any reservations for it and I didn’t want to disappoint him.

This morning, once again I was the first one up.  I went outside to greet Henny Penny and do some poking around on the mining grounds we were on.  Found some cool items to photograph and the entryway to the MINE.  Booyah!  I didn’t go in, but I found it.
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Custer State Park Needles Highway Iron Mountain Road

Custer State Park Needles Highway Iron Mountain Road

Glorious morning!  On the agenda today is Custer State Park Needles Highway Iron Mountain Road.

Woke up early, after sleeping well.  Did all the dirty laundry, straightened up the house and enjoyed coffee outside on the deck; with Henny Penny, the hen. Whom, I finally made friends with. No more chasing me around the yard. I did this while I waited for my husband and daughter to wake up.

I had an additional friend that kept me company.
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Badlands and Wall Drug South Dakota

The Badlands and Wall Drug South Dakota

Good morning!  Today we are heading to The Badlands and Wall Drug South Dakota.  I’ve decided today is going to be a good day for traveling and sightseeing.  Yesterday was just a slight setback and today is a new day.   You can read about Day 1 here.

We left The Dakota Winds Motel in Kimball, South Dakota at a little after 8 in the morning.  After enjoying muffins, coffee and juice that was provided by the motel for breakfast.
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Feeding Begging Burros Custer State Park

Feeding begging burros Custer State Park, South Dakota. You can read about our 11 day family trip by starting with DAY 1 HERE.

We are never without a few laughs whenever my husband is around.  The man had it in his head we had to go back through the park for a second time just to feed the burros.  Video proof, he got his wish. We did.


See additional days from our trip:

Day 1
Day 2
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Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8 
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