Thursday, July 10, 2008

Close Encounters

This morning we headed out about 8:00 a.m. with the destination of Spokane Creek Campground in Keystone, SD. But just as we pulled out of the RV park in Sheridan we had our first encounter; 2 elk! Here is a little video of them (yes that is Cheye barking at them):

As we were heading down the highway we decided to take a scenic route and we had our encounter of the second kind; deer. I’m afraid I wasn’t quick enough to get a photo however. Then we had a close encounter of the third kind…

Yep, that is the Devil’s Tower so prominently used in the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I really wanted to see it on this trip so I’m glad we took the scenic highway, it is a pretty impressive rock! Unfortunately we didn’t encounter the space ships but I’m told “you can’t have everything“. Since we added about 50 miles to our trip by taking that route we decided to skip going into the national park and keep moving. Our arrival at out campground was rather late for us, about 2:30 and we hadn’t had lunch yet so we set up camp, broke out the bbq and grilled some burgers. After that was nap time and then a stroll around the park that included a stop at the store/grill and buying milkshakes…yum.

Tomorrow we will need to run into Keystone to get our mail and then to Mt. Rushmore. We are only booked at this campground 2 nights but may stay the weekend. Just depends on what we feel like!

Here's a pic of me with Devil's Tower in the background:

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