June 10th ~ South Dakota, just outside of Custer State Park ~
Another full day. We all came back to the RV pretty bushed last night, so now I’m playing catch-up on my blogging. I might just do a condensed version today – or not…
Originally we had planned on camping in Custer State Park, but since our dates were a bit fluid on when we would arrive, I did not make any reservations. In retrospect, I wish I had just taken a chance on dates, as the park turned out to be a very pleasant surprise to us.
Leaving our RV at the campsite, we spent the day exploring in the Subaru.
Needles Highway was especially scenic. The cathedral spires and pinnacles are spectacular to see as well as the square cut rock tunnels that we periodically got to pass through.
Note for RVers: The tunnels are too low for an RV to fit through at only 8 and 9 feet in height. Make sure you plan your route through the park.
Needles Eye Tunnel was one of my favorites. After passing trough the tunnel, there is a small parking area where you can get out to take a picture of Needles Eye Rock.
My favorite stop of the day was at Sylvan Lake. One of the most beautiful lakes we have seen with the giant boulders for a backdrop.
Tim and I were last here in 2014, and we could not see where any changes in the sculpture have been made in the past five years.
Here are the intended dimensions for the completed sculpture.
Just past the park sign is a pullout where you can see a side view of Washington.
They have a scheduled renovation project for Mt. Rushmore that will last for about two years. One of the changes will be removing the flags on the entry walkway. The museum and theater are already closed.
And the photos of Shirley touching her toes at each National Park continues…
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for the wonderful memories that we are making with Tim’s mom. None of us knows what tomorrow will bring, but for today we are living our best lives and thankful for the time together.