Blogging from the Black Hills

It’s been a very enjoyable weekend so far. Yesterday evening I got in, set up camp (and it wasn’t raining!), went into Custer (the town) and got groceries. I got back and built a roaring fire. This morning I hiked to the Lover’s Leap bright and early (6am MDT). It was a bit more strenuous than I thought it would be, but it was beautiful. 

   
 

After showering I decided to drive the Needles Highway. I didn’t know how not for the faint of heart it would be. Narrow tunnels dynamited through the rock, hairpin turns on ledges without guard rails, and grades so steep I thought my car would overheat. But it was worth it. The views were breathtaking and the pictures I have don’t do it justice. 

   
I headed to Rapid City for lunch and to hang out until confessions. I found a small Catholic store and actually found a St. Hubert medal. I was surprised. So I bought it. I’m afraid I won’t ever find St. Erik of Sweden, though. 

I went to the Cathedral of Out Lady of Perpetual Help for confession. I went to Fr. Dillon (last name, not first) and he was awesome. If you ever need to make a confession in the Black Hills I would recommend him. 

Then I went to Mt. Rushmore like every tourist. 

  I guess I don’t know. It’s a really cool feat, but not super exciting. It was when I was there as a 13 year old, but not so much now. Actually the cool part was when I left and from a few miles away I saw it from a scenic overlook. You don’t realize how high it really is when you are there. 

Alas I ate dinner in Custer and now am sitting in front of a fire. 

 I’ll be up bright and early to pack up and be to Mass at 8 in Custer. Then it’s off to Wyoming  (my 27th state) to see Devils Tower before heading home. It was nice to get away from people but it I’m looking forward to seeing others. 

UPDATE (4/26)

Devils Tower was somewhat disappointing due to an extreme fog. Could not see the top. 

  

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