Day 6 – Custer State Park

Nesbit Overlook

We left the hotel around 9:30 to drive to Custer State Park.  Beautiful drive.  We stopped along the way at the Nesbit Overlook.  You could see Mt Rushmore from there.  Drove on to the park entrance and did the Wildlife drive, but only saw two bison the whole drive.

The Needles

Drove through The Needles which were spectacular.  We stopped at Sylvan Lake where parking was a problem.  We parked up the road from the lake and then walked down.  I decided we should do the Sunday Gulch trail hike. It was a good hike and I’m happy we did it, but I would have prepared better had I read carefully that it was a 4 mile hike not the 2.8 mile I expected.  Also with Albert, we need to use a 1 mile per hour rate for hiking on unimproved surfaces.

Sylvan Lake

It was almost 5:00 before we finished the hike.  We stopped at the General Store by the lake to get some PowerAids to rehydrate.  We sat outside the General Store and drank our drinks.  We used the restroom and then hiked up to road to the car.  I did not want to drive through Needles again and go through all the one lane tunnels, so I took 89 South.  It took about 45 minutes to get back to the hotel.  We passed the entrance to the Crazy Horse monument as we drove back to the hotel.  That is when we decided to skip it.

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Back at the hotel we cleaned up.  We planned to go to dinner, but at 6:45 Albert and I had not gotten our shower yet.  That is when we decided to just do snacks in our room tonight.
There must have been caffeine in the PowerAides because I was not sleepy.  I stayed up and watched a movie on my iPad.  It was almost midnight when I went to bed and I feel like I laid in bed for at least 30 minutes before falling asleep.

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