The Black Hills and Badlands

This June our Colorado Airstream Club held a one week rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  We stayed just outside of Custer City but inside of the Custer State Park.  The park is really quite nice and a testament to how much this means to the taxpayers of SD.  Admission was only $20 for the week.

The week was packed with all sorts of activities in addition to socializing with our friends from the club.  The highlight for me was reading ” Buffalo for the Broken Heart” by Dan O’Brien and then going to his Bison ranch and meeting with him and getting a tour.  He drove us in his bust ass suburban with the windows taken out and painted like a zebra.  We got to experience the wind, the smell of the bison.  You felt one with the plains.

Dan in the middle

Badlands - Considering all that this park has to offer, you might be wondering — what’s so bad about the Badlands? The Lakota people dubbed this region “mako sica,” or “bad lands,” long ago because its rocky terrain, lack of water and extreme temperatures made it difficult to traverse.

Some of us rented electric bikes - these are pedal assist meaning nothing happens unless you actually start pedaling.  It is not a ‘free’ ride but one that extends how far you can go with your endurance.  We did this on the George Mickelson Trail which goes from Deadwood to Edgemont, SD a distance of 109 miles.  I only did 14 miles roundtrip.

The above video is 10 min. long and likely boring to many.  But for those that want to know what the trail was like, have at it.

Below are just some Misc. shots

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