Thursday, July 1: Custer State Park to Rapid City, SD
This was our final day in "the Hills" and it was a busy one! Strap on a seatbelt (or your helmet so you don't "thump your melon") and let's go!
Nathan REALLY wanted to go horseback riding (it was on his list of top 3 things to do on vacation), but earlier in the week, we didn't think we would have enough time to do it (and he was very disappointed). Later during the trip, we had shifted some things around and had a couple open spots so we tried to squeeze it in, but didn't tell him. Blue Bell Lodge had 2 openings for 11:30 this morning that worked perfect. It was in the opposite direction of where we were headed, but we decided to go for it. Diane decided not to attempt to get on a horse and Karen had ridden one before, so that left Dustin as the token adult to go along! OH BOY! When we pulled into the stable, Nathan was a little more hesitant than surprised, although Dustin drove a little faster than normal around the curves to get there on time - which probably wasn't helping. We checked in and waited to saddle up.
Since we had been playing the license plate game, we were checking as many license plates as we could. While we were waiting to ride, I happened to turn around to see a car drive up. There it was... The Holy Grail of license plates - HAWAII!!!! Needless to say, we were all very excited and it promptly got written down on the list. I'll give you the results of the game on tomorrow's post, so stop back!
Soon it was time to "saddle up". Our hour long ride didn't go faster than a walk and took us on paths that crossed a stream, went up and down some rather steep hills and through dense woods and open canyons. It was a really beautiful ride and it was so peaceful - you couldn't hear anything but nature.
Waiting to "Saddle Up"
On the trail