I finished up at Mount Rushmore and Boomer and I were headed off to Wall South Dakota for the night. I briefly stopped in Rapid City at a local brew pub, Firehouse Brewing Co. The brew pub was housed in a awesome brick building that was the original firehouse for the city.
The next stop on my road trip around South Dakota was Mount Rushmore. As I walked towards the monument through the avenue of flags I was excited to finally be there. I quickly checked the state flags to make sure Idaho, my home state, was represented! I am not sure why I always think that Idaho will be excluded, it is a state after all, but I always feel compelled to check.
Boomer and I slept in a bit on Day 5. The Museum at Black Hills Institute, in Hill City that I wanted to go to did not open until 9am. The later opening time gave us a good opportunity to catch up on some much needed sleep. I did end up walking Boomer around the town a few times to burn some time before I could go into the museum. The town is an adorable old westernized looking town. After I put Boomer back in the truck I stopped in at a store and the shopkeeper said “where’s your puppy dog?”. That dog sure does attract attention!
Although planned for the next day, I had a few extra hours of daylight left and felt that taking the Needles Highway Scenic Drive in South Dakota would fit in perfectly before the laser show started at Crazy Horse Monument. I was pleased with my decision as it was near sunset and the golden colors of fall were even more vibrant with the setting sun.
My next stop was Crazy Horse Monument. I had heard a little about Crazy Horse, a Lakota Warrior, prior to my visit, like he was this bad ass warrior who had a vision that no white man’s bullet would kill him and he always rode fearlessly into battle. Well the vision was right, he was not killed by a bullet but by some looser who stabbed him in the back.
After gaining some unexpected time by getting out of the bison round up early I decided to do a little wine tasting before picking up Boomer. But first I stopped in at Hill City to check into our hotel. I was starting to realize that traveling with a dog was cumbersome.
The day started out with Samantha, my “trusty” GPS aiding in both she and I getting lost while trying to find the location to watch the bison round-up at Custer State Park.
After I completed my tour of The Battle of the Little Bighorn, Boomer and I started our approach to South Dakota. Our first stop was Belle Fourche for the geographical center of the continental United States… well sort of.
What better way to start out the day than with a history lesson at The Battle of the Little Bighorn? If you are not familiar with what The Battle of the Little Bighorn is, it is where General Armstrong Custer made his last stand.
We were still in Montana on the second day of our trip to South Dakota. We would be traveling across Montana from Butte to Bozeman to Billings. I grabbed some breakfast from the hotel and eavesdropped on the conversations going on around me. It is what I do when I solo travel as it beats talking to myself in public and looking like a crazy. It appeared to be homecoming for The University of Montana (Go Griz!) and there were several individuals at the hotel attending the football game that day. I was pleased to not be hanging around Missoula for the day due to the extra people running around.