The Black Hills Forest is truly a beautiful place. After spending a couple days in Deadwood, we moved on to explore the Black Hills national forest. Rapids, rocks, trees, flowers, and blue skies. I was a stupid tourist to mother nature, and climbed down the side of the highway into a creek so I could get a better shot of Bridal Veil Falls. I realized once I was down the steep incline (wearing sandals) that this was the perfect stream for bears to catch fish in. I took a few pictures anyway, and crawled back up - a little faster than I came down.
Next we booked a ride on a steam train to ride from Keystone to Hill City and back.
That was nice. I was impressed with the vintage passenger cars and stained glass windows. But all this adult stuff was boring for Luke, so we took him down the alpine slide. We took a chair lift up one of the hills facing Mt. Rushmore and went down the slide on a luge like track. So fun - love an opportunity to feed the need for speed! ha! After that we visited an old gold mine, learned a lesson about knowing when to put down the bottle and keep your mouth shut (lest someone get the jump on your claim) and panned for gemstones.
AND THEN...we went to Reptile Gardens. I'll save that one for next post - it was too many things to do in a day, and too many things for one post.