Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Buffalo and Bison

Friday, August 22nd

After the bike ride, we popped into this saloon in Hill City for a bite to eat.  I had the best sweet potato fries ever.  Plus a glass of wine.

Then we went over to Turtle Town for coffee and chocolates.  Afterwards we drove along Iron Mountain Road.  Here's a nice video from someone of the drive.   I wanted to see the caves in the area but we ran out of time, specifically Wind and Jewel.

Oh my God, it finally happened, and let me just say how could our vacation be complete without having to stop for a family of buffalo crossing the road!!!!  I practically peed in my panties.  Okay, not really, but, I had to call my brother and tell him.  I was so excited.

There were at least 6 of them.  This fella was right in my window.  I locked the door.  Loved it.  By the way, these animals are actually bison.  We like to call them American Buffalo but truth be told, buffalo are only really in Africa and South Asia.  And so our adventure came to an end on a big bang.  Yay!

George S. Mickelson Trail, Part 2

Friday, August 22nd

We returned to Hill City to pick up our rentals from Rabbit Bicycle and this time, we went in the opposite direction on the Mickelson trail towards the town of Custer and Crazy Horse.

This tunnel was fun and to the right, cars traveled to see Crazy Horse.

You can't go wrong in The Black Hills of South Dakota.  It's all beautiful no matter where you are.

Pretty scenery.

We encountered some horseback riders and also a few cyclists.  It was quiet and lovely.

A lovely 30 mile ride with ever changing scenes.  We stopped in Custer for coffee and scones.  Time to head back to Hill City and bid farewell to our bike adventure.  But the day was not over.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bear Country USA

Thursday, August 21st

After the bike ride, we visited Bear Country USA.    "A drive-through park featuring North American wildlife roaming free in their natural habitats."  Loved it.  Totally worth it. 

"Bear Country USA, located 8 miles from Rapid City, features the world's largest collection of privately owned black bears. Take a leisurely 3 mile drive through this spectacular wildlife park nestled on 200 acres of Black Hills beauty where you'll see black bears, grizzly bears and over 20 other species of North American animals like buffalo, wolves and elk all from the comfort of your vehicle."

It began to rain but the animals were not bothered.  Here we saw reindeer.

An arctic wolf.  Beautiful.

A grizzly.  It was an amazing journey seeing so many animals close up.

Lookey, the bobcat is in the midst of spraying and marking his territory.  My kind of animal....

Adorable.  We also saw an arctic fox (like the wolf, he was all white).  We also baby bears and other animals but this blog entry would go and on with all that we were fortunate to see.  A nice way to end the day.  Til tomorrow....