It was time for the 3rd Annual Black Hills Hang. We had gone to the 1st, but missed the 2nd because of Vicky's father's passing last year. We love the Black Hills and even though it is 975 miles from our house we still make it a point to go to this event. In addition the event is so well organized by Brian (Boothill) and Susan (SoDakGrrl) that it just a great time for everyone.
This year we had two additional incentives. We purchased a new travel trailer RV before the trip (a big reason to buy it now) and our friend John Merkle had never been to South Dakota and had always expressed an interest in going. Even though this form of travel has not been something he has experienced before, he was game to try it.
The plan was to take the whole week off and leave on a Sunday, travel to South Dakota over 2 days and visit the best places before the hang ( Badlands, Mt Rushmore, Mt Harney, Crazy Horse, etc)
The next day we re-grouped and started out again in Vicky's car without the RV. We were determined to make it this year.
A lot of people will not be that impressed with the Badlands or not spend much time except a quick drive through the area- but I find the whole area fascinating and could spend days wondering around the formations.
We had lunch in the park and we did see a big herd of Bison leaving the park by the Sage Creek Rd exit
They have 3 great dogs (Furry Kids) that are really neat to be around.
This being John's first trip to the Black Hills you have to go see Mt Rushmore and we always walk the President's trail around the monument, you can get shots from many different angles
We also drove the scenic loop around the Black Hills Hwy 16 ( The Needles Hwy) to Hwy 87 (Iron Mountain Hwy) and the wildlife loop in Wind Cave National Park
The Highways are very windy with many tunnels too small for RV travel but someone always tries and brings their RV through the tunnels and gets stuck.
We did see a couple of Bison in the Wildlife loop area.
It was finally time to arrive at the 3rd Annual Black Hills Hang at Sheridan Lake
The forecast was for some rain this weekend but we got all our hammocks up before any real rain came
and John got the Warbonnet Ridgerunner bridge hammock, which he seemed to take to right away, as he had no problem taking an immediate nap!
The camp area was very pretty with lots of wildflowers around
We had great fun just sitting around the fire, Brian kept the fire going the entire time. The first year we came there was a fire ban so no campfires, this year there has been lots of rain
Susan (Sodakgrrl) and Brian (Boothill) brought their dogs and Carol (MomaBoot) brought her little dog as did Paul and Missy (tiny Dexter) who came from Michigan for the hang
Brian, Susan, and Carol always have this so well organized. Brian brought and cooked ribs Friday night and we pitched in with backed beans and everyone brought something to share.
Left to Right
Brian, John, Craig, Dick, Vicky, Frank, Susan, Paul, Missy.
Carol (below) who was taking the picture
When in Rapid City:
Que Pasa- Mexican Food
Colonial House- Breakfast
Marco's Pizza- Best Pizza Rapid City
Delmonicos- Fine Dining
Botticelli- Fine Dining
Uncork'd- Tapas and drinks
The Gaslight Restaurant- Cowboy Bar and Food
Desperado's Cowboy Cafe- Lunch