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  • Sep4

    The Painted Bison of Custer

    September 4, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 79 °F

    On the way back from Rapid City (covered in the last two footprints), we changed our plans to include what Mui is now referring to as the “grand farewell tour.” Instead of taking the most direct route to Custer, we drove by way of Mt Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial, where we waved adieu to both.

    If Custer State Park has its herds of bison — some 1,300 head strong ... give or take a few — the town has its colorful bison statues. A smaller herd, for sure. Dispersed on the corners along the main drag. Not nearly as dangerous as the park’s bison. And begging to be photographed.

    So, while Mui went into the Dakotamart to pick up a couple of bottles of local South Dakota wines, I wandered along the streets to photograph some of my favorite statues. As a bonus, I found a couple of murals ... even if one of them was a “fake” one.

    It’s a good thing I photographed the colorful critters in town. We caught nary a glimpse of a tatanka when we later drove through the park to get to the campground.
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  • Day8

    Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse

    June 28, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    Off to Mount Rushmore. We were there before 7am. We had a nice little walk around the monument. Very interesting seeing how the rock was carved. Crazy Horse is equally as interesting. We didn't see an estimated finishing time for Crazy Horse. It will be MUCH larger than Mount Rushmore when finished. Actually, all 4 heads will fit into just the head of crazy horse!Read more

  • Day24

    Von der Steinwüste in den Märchenwald

    August 12, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Nach der kargen Landschaft in den Badlands fuhren wir ins westliche South Dakota zu unserem nächsten Airbnb nahe Custer. Nachdem wir Rapid City durchquerten ging es zügig bergauf und die Landschaft wandelte sich zu unserem Erstaunen in eine von dunkelgrünen Kiefern überzogene Berglandschaft, die ein wenig an den Schwarzwald erinnerte. Wir erreichten den Black Hills National Forest.

    Schon während unserer Fahrt durch South Dakota machte sich die Sturgis Motorcycle Rally immer mehr bemerkbar. Mit unzähligen Bikern war der Höhepunkt des Festivals eindeutig hier angesiedelt. Dieses Jahr sollen rund 350.000 Motorradfahrer teilgenommen haben.

    Unsere Unterkunft, das Longview Lode B&B, lag wieder einmal abgeschieden mitten in der Natur. Diesmal etwas zuviel Natur für unseren Geschmack, da uns in der letzten Nacht eine kleine Maus in unserem Zimmer wach gehalten hat. Entschädigt wurden wir mit himmlischem, hausgemachten Frühstück. Einmal sogar nach mexikanischem Rezept, welches unsere Gastgeberin aus New Mexico mitgebracht hat.
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  • Day230

    September 5

    September 5, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 61 °F

    We spent a wonderful morning touring Mt Rushmore. We walked the Presidents Trail and hit the visitors center and sculptors studio. https://www.nps.gov/moru/index.htm
    After having lunch in Keystone we headed back to Custer SP to hike the Little Devil's Tower trail. This was easily our favorite hike so far this year. It started off fairly easy and ended with a scramble over boulders and through granite rock clefts with a final grunt up to the peak. We were rewarded with jaw dropping views of Cathedral Spires, the Black Elk Wilderness and the backside of Mt Rushmore.Read more

  • Day225

    August 31

    August 31, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

    Headed north across the Plains to Custer's Gulch RV Park in Custer City, South Dakota. The cooler climate, mountains and trees are a welcome relief from the heat and dust of Nebraska. Our campsite is spacious with nice mountain views.
    After settling in we headed downtown to stroll the main drag. Historic architecture and lots of buffalo art with many shops and restaurants.
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  • Day227

    September 1-2

    September 2, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 79 °F

    Friday we toured Crazy Horse Memorial... awe inspiring. We'll return Wednesday night for the lazer light show and biannual blasting.
    We also drove the Wildlife Loop and Needles Highway in Custer State Park with a stop at the Visitors Center. This Park is beautiful and rivals many national parks. http://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/custer/default.aspx
    Saturday we headed to Rapid City's farmers market for some produce and rhubarb pie, then to the City of Presidents in historic downtown Rapid City. https://www.visitrapidcity.com/things-to-do/city-presidents
    On our way home, through Custer State Park, we took a bike ride on the Creekside trail with stops at the Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center and the State Game Lodge.
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  • Day229

    September 3-4

    September 4, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 63 °F

    Sunday we stuck close to camp. Randy spent the afternoon smoking beef ribs and pork chops... yummy! After dinner we biked a bit of the George Mickelson trail
    https://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/mickelson-trail/, which runs in front of our RV Park, to the Gordon Stockade.http://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/custer/sights/gordon-stockade.aspx
    The smoke from forest fires provided us with a beautiful sunset reflected onto Stockade Lake.
    Monday we went to Wind Caves National Park and took an hour and a half tour. Not as spectacular as Carlsbad but beautiful in it's own way and one of the world's longest caves. After the tour we took a short hike on the prairie above the caves. We also saw a herd of buffalo on our way to the visitors center.
    Then we drove to Hot Springs for lunch and strolled along the river, downtown and up to the Veteran's Battle Mt Sanitarium. Next we toured the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD. It's an active paleontological dig with 61 mammoths unearthed so far. http://mammothsite.com/

    A full day of sightseeing! 😊
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  • Day231

    September 6

    September 6, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

    Wednesday was a full day of sightseeing. First we headed east to Wall Drug Store for a bite to eat. Fun, interesting history and a total tourist trap. Next we toured the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site's Visitors Center and silo D-9. Very interesting and even more so as some of the volunteers are retired servicemen who had worked at the site and had a wealth of information. https://www.nps.gov/mimi/index.htm On to Badlands National Park where we drove the Badlands Loop road, stopping at many overlooks and the Visitors Center. The Badlands are beautiful but not very conducive to long hikes. https://www.nps.gov/badl/index.htm An hour and 45 minute drive home for a bit of dinner then to Crazy Horse Memorial to watch the laser light show and blast... fantastic! https://crazyhorsememorial.org/night-blasts.htmlhttps://crazyhorsememorial.org/legends-in-light-laser-show.htmlRead more

  • Day3

    After the hike

    June 29, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    We were tiered and beat up after the hike. We went to Custer to eat pizza and shop.
    We found a great pizza place. The pizza was called "ranch" and was almost like a salad on bread. It was amazing.
    We then walked and shopped for the rest of the day. We bought a little piece of art fur the camper that says "have fun."Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Custer, كستر, کاستر، داکوتای جنوبی, कस्टर, 57730, Кастер, کیسٹر، جنوبی ڈکوٹا, 卡斯特