I snuck away this weekend to a little place called the Black Hills.
Having missed some of the beautiful sights on my first trip here (due to an unfortunate incident with a spider, allergic reaction and steroids to follow) I was anxious to view both national monuments and protected forests through the un-swollen eyes of an adult.
View we did. Nana, Mom and I set out just Friday morning and returned this evening. We made fast work of tourist traps, boutiques and one gorgeous benefit dinner for the Boys and Girls Club.
Andy, my brother, recently moved to Hill City, South Dakota to take the reigns as Program Director for the BGC. We received an invitation to participate in their annual benefit at no other room than the Presidents Dining Room overlooking the 4 faces themselves.
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Along for the ride was Nana's very special Birthday Cake (actually a floral arrangement). We celebrated her monumental birthday (I never reveal a girls age) while she traveled to the Mt. Rushmore Monument for the first time!
Found these cute guys in Custer, an area filled with talented local artists...
...found this cute guy wandering around Custer State Park. (Just kidding, this is Andy.)
I just love this picture. It's a completely raw/unedited image. The Buffalo and their habitat are simply amazing. I was told a herd of 1500 roam Custer State Park.
Buffalo foot print next to our tire tracks. We were lucky to have an up-close, gravel-road-meets-herd experience!
Care to see what the view from my dinner chair was?
What a great cause to drive 650 miles for.
It does look better through my grown-up lenses. Spectacular.
My challenge for you all this spring...go rural! You could be seriously missing out by sticking to city sidewalks!
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