Updated: May 19, 2018
We traveled to South Dakota over our fall break this year. It had been almost 20 years since we last visited the Black Hills area! We used to go there all the time when we lived and taught in Lemmon.
The first day was GORGEOUS, about 75 degrees. We met Michael's sister in Lemmon and ate at our favorite restaurant while we lived there...the Powderhorn. We ordered a cheeseburger pizza. It was heavenly. After supper, we headed south into the sunset.
It was wonderful to drive around Deadwood, Rapid City and the rest of the Black Hills. We stopped and bought some Christmas ornaments at a store that sells both Christmas goods and sports memorabilia...something for both husband and wife! :)
After our warm day, we awoke to a snowstorm and chilly temperatures! It was dicey driving for awhile. We braved the cold and visited Mount Rushmore, which was absolutely freezing. We were two of about 30 people there! Oh well, we didn't have to wait in any lines! We finished the day by going to Sylvan Lake, which is always beautiful, even though Michael was convinced we were going to get eaten by bears.
We stayed at a hotel in Rapid that had a huge waterpark, so we had some fun with that! I worked on my dissertation and we watched Sioux hockey in the evening. Exciting. :)
We stopped at a winery and found a few wines that I like---it's a miracle!!!
The last day was spent at the Badlands...so different from the ND Badlands, which we see frequently.
We timed it so we'd be there at sunset. It was perfect. We stayed overnight in Wall. The room obviously hadn't had the heat turned on yet. It was about 40° in there. We ran a hot shower and sink and blasted the heat. It was miserable, but hilarious.