Black Hills 2015 – Day 2

June 30, 2015 § Leave a comment


Day two started out with perfect weather, which we took advantage of straight away. We went to Falls Park where B taught the boys the fundamentals of rock climbing (“use your legs”) and the boys practiced on perfect-sized boulders. Then it was a picnic lunch and another long day of driving to the Badlands.

I was excited for Brad to see the Badlands and he was appropriately impressed. We gained an hour in Mountain Time and used it right up in road construction related traffic delays in the park. But we got a taste of what was to come. Then we checked into our motel and made a beeline for the pool. Holy cow those Badlands are hot, hot, hot. It makes swimming just so, so good.

It wasn’t hard to pick our spot for dinner because there were only two places. Luckily, the food at the place we picked was great! B and I both had got inspired to eat local and had a buffalo burger each. It was delicious and flavorful. Local never fails.

Then came the most exciting part of the trip so far. Some crazytown weather. Lightning on top of lightning and wind whipping the trees sideways for 2 straight hours. The power in our hotel was out so all we could do was wait and watch for a sign we should head into the bathtub with a mattress. We did not have to do this. All three boys would have slept straight through but I woke B up for moral support. Our Badlands guide the next morning said that it was the craziest storm they’ve had in 7 years and that winds might have been up to 70 MPH. Yikes.

Vacation Badges Earned:

  • Rock Climbing
  • Native Cuisine
  • Amateur Weather Spotting


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