As last year, we-the parents, Anny and Erik,
had been 2 weeks in West SD and founded this part very interesting, we decide to come back with our 2 daughters, Faustine(19y old) and Salomé(13y old).
Day 1, Friday, July,the 14th. : Paris/Cincinnati/Salt Lake City-flights Delta.
I've yet explained on this board the reason of the overnight in SLC : unability from Delta for a one-day trip, but I knew that only...one week before departure...
Night at the BW garden-usual BW and a diner in a steakhouse, to content everybody(salads,
steak, salmon,...).A good night...
Day 2(07/15) : SLC/Rapid City with an arrival at 11'30 am.
Recuperation of the luggages and we took our car-a Chevrolet Trailblazer, perfect for the family and all our affairs...
Direction the WallMart on NLacrosse street
to buy : cans of chickenbreast/tuna/fruits,..
cereals,bread,some fresh fruits and a lot of
water,fruit juice, ice teas,...because the programm was "full" of hikes...and also 2
refrigerant containers to keep all those...
At 1'30 pm, all was done and direction Sheridan Lake for a small hike, beginning of
the Flume trail : we've hiked half mile after the 2nd tunnel : Flume trail is part of the
mining activity in the Black Hills and is interesting to understand the difficulties of
their work...The tunnels-the first particulary- are very impressive when knowing they have been all made by "hands"...
Coming back to the trailhead, at Sheridan Lake, Anny and the girls didn't resist to a
swimm-the first of the sejour...
Then, back to Rapid City-Comfort Inn and suites on Fairmont Bd : good chain hotels, but nothing particular-it's quiet despite the location near the Highway, but I don't think there is so much traffic after 11pm on this road...
Diner at Tiffany in the Holiday Inn Plaza and
first "burgers" for the girls...Not bad but not the best of the sejour...My salmon was good, the chicken ceasar for Anny also.
Hotel seems good and quite as it is near the
Day3 (07/16) : wake up at 7-breakfast at the hotel, included in the price : good, but not fantastic.
Direction Bear Butte for the second hike :
it's not so difficult in itself...but day was hot-hot-hot and so from moderate it can be rated streanous on that particular day...
We were very intersted by the "tissus on the
trees" part of the indian culture and "religion" : the girls find as impressive than some christian testimonies and perhaps more difficult to put on because the trees are for someone high in the trails...
We profit to explain the sun ceremonies and the resarch of the visions by the native indians...
Then, direction Wall-we know, it's a "turist trap", but it's to replace in the context of its creation...and very interesting for the daughters...and it was perfect after the effort...
All the family had fun, exploring the different parts and more we found some
T-shirts and also minnetonka mocassins...
To complete the "historical" part of this day,drive to Pionner homestead and so it's easy to understand the difficulties of the life there-heat on those days was a plus to
capture those difficulties...
On the pictures I've made the intensity of this heat is evident...
We drive directly to Circle View Ranch in Interior-we knew this adress since last year and the charm is always here...360°vista on
the Badlands with the White River at the foot of the rim where the ranch is built...Hosts
are like always perfect...
After a small stop to let the luggages(we staid 2 nights here), direction some hikes : Doors, Notch and Windows, done in that order.
Only Notch is difficult but worth the efforts.The view is impressive and the ladder and the part after it fun for the girls...
We stay half an hour at the end to capture the beauty of the site.
For Windows, I think it's interesting to continue in the badlands after the end of the
real trail because it's easy, flat and give a
good idea of the nature of the terrain.
After this moderate physical activity, dinner at the Cedar Pass Lodge restaurant : trouts for the parents, Burgers(!!) for the girls, salad for everybody...We took a look to the store, but no shopping-as we'll be back the day after.
Direction the Circle View for a good night.
We think the girls will have slept directly when going in bed...
Day 4(07/17) : wake up at 7 for breakfast at
7'30 : breakfast is part of the delight of a stay at the Circla View : Amy has a lot of talent : her omelets are perfect, the cookies
hum... and she makes her own ceral mix which is a delight..
Not a problem to eat and to keep the pounds
away as today it's a whole day hike...
the itinerary has been : Saddle Pass/Catle trail to the west till Fossil exhibit/Fossil exhibit/back to saddle via Castle and we took
Medecine Root and then Castle to the east, till the notch trailhead/then back to saddle pass by Castle. It's a 12 miles combo...
Only strenous part is the saddle at the beginning.The rest of the hike is flat...
We take a small break at Fossil to eat a snack and find just after the end of medecine roots a small shadow place under a small rim to eat at 1pm. for an hour break...
Paysages are fantastic but this year, we did'nt have some animals on the way(too hot...).
After that, back to Circle View to relax a
little...And I didn't find my first digital card..I change it during the hike and impossible to find...(there were # 175 pictures on it and some with the girls...).
We go to diner at the Cedar Pass Lodge :
trout for me, salad for Anny, ...Rosted Herbchicken for the girls-sometimes they listen to us and as we said it was good they try it : no deception...
Some shopping here : indian jewels for Anny and the daughters, some books for me...
Then, we go to Cliff Shell taril at it's described as an easy trail: very nice with some interpretaive pannels very interesting.
We saw on a high ridge a company of hawks whho were etending their aisles(part of nuptial acivities/dances : is someone able to
give us an explanation...?).
Back to the ranger station to ask if someone
found my card : noway and they give me the phone number to ask the days after...
Night at the Circle View after admiring the sunset...
"french family's" vacation in South Dakota : a report of 15 days of quasi-perfection...
As last year, we-the parents, Anny and Erik,
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