The next morning we tried to beat the heat and leave super early to head to our next stop – Spearfish, SD where we had reservations at the KOA. My husband lived in South Dakota for a couple of years, so he was especially excited about this portion of our trip.
We decided that except for the drive to Spearfish, this was going to be a rest day. After we were checked into the campground and unhooked the Jeep, we ran a couple of errands and drove through the town for a short time, and then did a terrible job washing road grime off the Jeep. We did a couple of loads of laundry, jumped in the pool, walked by the river, grilled steak on the BBQ, and watched TV. We’d been going non-stop for days and it was nice to just be still since we had the next couple of days booked full.
We started the next day finding my husband’s old house in Sturgis before heading straight to Wall Drug where we had breakfast and wandered through the shops. I even climbed up on the giant jackalope! We spent a few hours exploring Badlands National Park. Of course it was absolutely gorgeous like I knew it would be.
On our way back to Spearfish, we stopped in Deadwood. We went to Saloon #10 for cocktails and a snack, explored the main street, and caught the 4:00 shootout reenactment on the streets.
We planned to go back to the campground and swim, but when we got there, the pool was full of tons of kids. We walked to the river and then settled down at our site and watched storm roll in.
The next morning we set off early again and went to Crazy Horse Memorial, Mt Rushmore, Sylvan Lake (so pretty!), Lead, and then back to Deadwood for a really late lunch. This time when we got back to the campground, the pool was empty, so we jumped right in to beat the heat.