YertleLing From Sioux Falls — Day 3

Rose early, about 6:00ish, fixed coffee, ate a light breakfast and hit the road for The Wildlife Loop. Saw bookoo buffalo, deer, antelope, donkeys and prairie dogs. Got some great pictures. The donkeys come up and stick their heads in the windows begging for food.

Worked our way back to the campsite, broke camp and Yertled over to a different campsite (long story) and re-set up camp. Ate a snack of soup and crackers and headed out to Iron Mountain Road, a very narrow, pigtail curvy road, but beautiful. Reached an elevation where we could see Mount Rushmore in the distance. Pulled over, climbed a small cliff and got some great pictures of George, Thomas, Abe and Teddy.

Stopped in Hill City, gassed up, headed for a local park to potty Chica, then to a local bar to fulfill a life-long dream of Mary’s — to sit in a bar and have a beer in Hill City. So we saddled up to the Bumpin Buffalo Bar, ordered beers, and Mary promptly knocked hers all over me and the bar. Finished the beers and hit the Needles Highway back to Custer State Park. Needles is narrow, curvy and scary through the tunnels.

Got back to the campsite about 5:00ish and chilled. I went for the beer, Mary for the wine, which she promptly dumped all over the ground. Some days are like that, right? Chilled for about an hour, then fixed bacon cheeseburgers with potato salad and baked beans. Yum! Mary took Chica for a walk and cleaned up the kitchen. I walked the trash down the road to the dumpster. It’s 9:00 as I write this, and still light outside, although barely. Homeward bound tomorrow, a full day on the road.