Reaching Rapid

Destination – Rapid City, SD

My destination was the Black Hills in western South Dakota, and it was time to get there. I headed north out of Iowa and turned left at Sioux Falls, South Dakota on I-90 East. Another 300 miles and it was time to take a break in Wall, SD for the night. Wall is famous for two things – Wall Drug and being at the doorstep to the Badlands – and from my perspective it was also within an easy fifty-mile reach of Rapid City, South Dakota and the Black Hills.

When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go.
– Carol Burnett

It was on to Rapid City, where I will call home for the next five nights. Two objectives – one, tend to the mundane but necessary issues of being a nomad,

Crossing the Plains
Traversing nearly the entire state of South Dakota, from east to west on I-90.

mainly establishing domicile (details in my next post – stayed tuned!); and two, serve as a launching pad into the Black Hills. Hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and disc golf are all on the radar.

She brings to light the beauty and promise of the indigenous peoples and cultures that still thrive on this land.

A wildland fire swept across Custer State Park (CSP) this past December, forever changing the landscape of about 54,000 acres of the Black Hills. As soon as I was settled into Rapid, I headed to CSP. Although the Ponderosa pine took a beating from the fire, fortunately the prairie has made a remarkable comeback and

Prairie Rattlesnake
Way to close for my liking, Hiking in Custer State Park, I knelt about one foot away to take a photo when I noticed him.

the lush green is a stark contrast to the blackened timber.

Cuter State Park Fire
The natural recovery has already begun after the December 2017 fire in Custer State Park.

I also had a chance meeting with a local in Custer, SD, who I joined for eighteen holes of disc golf at Big Rock Park – check out this link for details and photos: BIG ROCK PARK DISC GOLF.

I am comfortably settled into Rapid, and have a full slate for the next few days.


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