The program includes two extended excursions, and the first one was this past weekend to the Black Hills and Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota. We left early Friday morning for the long drive out to Rapid City, SD. Of course, close to Rapid City is the famous Wall Drug, and an obligatory stop was made there.
Arriving in Rapid City about 5:30 p.m. local time, we quickly checked into the Lazy U Motel and headed down to Custer State Park to view the wildlife in the evening.
The next day we headed to Mt. Rushmore in the morning, and then over to Sylvan Lake and the trailhead for Harvey Peak, the highest peak in the Black Hills at 7,200 feet. At the top, the view is tremendous.
The next day we had brunch at the State Game Lodge located in Custer State Park. It served as the summer White House for President Coolidge in 1927. After a sumptuous brunch, it was off to visit the huge Crazy Horse monument.