We visited Bear Park in Rapid City, SD. It was really nice to drive around like a safari and watch all the animals as they roamed in the same enclosures. :-)
We stayed almost two weeks at Rushmore Shadows so we could have some down-time, see the local sights and collect our mail.
During our 2 weeks, we visited some beautiiful areas including Custer State Park, Needles Highway, Deadwood and more. This was by far our favorite area because of the beauty. We would highly recommend many stops in this area, but definitely custer State Park! There were many animals at Custer S.P., including bison, antelope, rams and wild donkeys.
The resort itself was extremely nice, with a pool, playgrounds, putt putt and many more activities. Bear country was nearby as well as a petting zoo, both of which we visited. This resort is a high rated resort which we should indeed visit again when we're in the area.
Stay Details: Rushmore Shadows Resort; Rapid City SD.
Whoa!! Nailed this one!! We had one day to spend here and this site came highly recommended, so we tried it out. I'm sure glad we did! We had gorgeous sunrises, and you couldn't get a better view of the valley.. Just be careful when you step out the camper! Purely breathtaking! Enjoy pics of our dispersed camp site and pics of the SD Badlands National Park!
Details: 'The Wall' at the Badlands National Park; Dispersed Camping.
So last night I surprised Mark with a stay at Medicine Rocks State Park in Montana. It is classified as a ‘Dark Sky Park’, and the Lord gave us a beautiful night to enjoy the stars.
The sky was absolutely FABULOUS! Nothing we’ve ever seen before! I took a pic with my phone but it’s very hard to see as you can imagine, so I found a photo online that is similar to what we saw. (Dark skies parks photos)
The moon was below the horizon. The closest town was over 10 miles away. There were so many stars it was hard to determine constellations. We saw the rings in Saturn in more detail than ever; the bands on Jupiter, the dark spot, along with 5 of its moons (4 of which were lined up); Over 20 satelites, and 16 shooting stars, most of them being across most of the sky with a long debris trail. Wow!
If you ever get a chance to stay a beautiful night at a dark sky park, it is WELL worth it. You can find a list of them here. Darksky.org
Details: Medicine Rocks State Park; Parker County MT
Date Night! If you ever have a change to attend the Medora Music Festival, you would not be disappointed. With Covid, the stands were about 1/2 capacity, but the show still went on. Music and a live story of the old west; complete with horses and shooting!
Scoria Pit Campground, Medora ND
Where the dear, and the antelope (and Buffalo and Bear and Elk) roam...
Making dinner looking at our window (1st pic), then some of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
East Totten Trail Campground; Coleharbor ND
Update time:: First, a few days at a nice campground for some down time & laundry catch-up. Then a long travel day along with the prize at the end; a nice site at the edge of Lake Sakakawea. Today will be a scenic drive at the north of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
God had been SO good to us; with parting the storms, smooth travel days, awesome stay locations, and a few people to help along the way. Have been looking forward to this next week for a very long time!
Today was quite emotional. Meeting up with good friends is always a highlight, and riding around in new places is a bonus, but along with that, we toured Minneapolis, the destruction, the beautiful murals of remembrance, and finally the place where George Floyed was killed. The street was closed off.. it was quiet as people reflected on the many names who were afflicted by brutality. America is truly changing, and only time will tell us how this American icon will change how people are treated.
I know a LOT of wonderful police officers and people in general. I must say though, that there are corrupt people in every profession.
My hope is that we can all learn through this situation; to be forgiving like his family; to be respectful like his friends; for our leaders to enforce rightful policies in the workplace and to discipline the corrupt before it gets out of hand.. But most of all, for us all to be blind to the color of our skin, and treat each other equally and with respect. To love again, and to be there for each other always...
This was our first stay at a resort for more than a few days. Actually, it was our first Coast to Coast resort stay at all!
It was an extremely nice resort with sites spaces in a group circle like way with campsites and cabins interspersed near the front of the resort. Toward the back, they were in the same circle but only campsites.
We think we were put up front next to the busy cabins and garbage bin because we were coast resort members, but that was actually an advantage for us. We were right across the way from the garbage and the pool so it was a quick walk. It was also close to the Wifi. We enjoyed our bike trip down the side road to the lake, and enjoyed a few days of R&R and to get some books and cleaning done.
We loved this campground, and would definitely recommend staying here again.
Details: St. Croix River Resort; Hickley MN
* Note: I believe this is a members-only campground. It is also affiliated with Coast-To-Coast which we have a membership with. This is an absolutely beautiful campground with a lot of camp space per lot, but the sites are laid out different than we're used to. They are laid out in kind of a circle with the driveway in the middle. However, it was extremely nice and even had a beautiful pool.
This was a beautiful campground situated on the border of MI and WI. It was $20/night with no amenities. We found out once we were there that the sites could be reserved, which could have given us a nicer site, but it was still very nice. We met some friends there, and found the same friends on the trails. We shared some campfire talk, and became friends on FB.
It was bittersweet to leave this campground because it meant we would be leaving the state and going on our way to the mighty west. However, it meant our final 'goodbyes' for our family for the year. However, this campground was an excellent choice for our last stay in MI, and I would definitely recommend staying here again. Next though, we will check into reserving some longer sites.
Details: Black River Harbor NF Campground; Ironwood MI.