We set out today to drive the Wild Life Loop that runs from Keystone and through Custer. It is roughly a 3hr drive by car if no stops are made. We made a couple of stops along the way, and after leaving at about 09:15 we arrived back after a spectacular scenic drive close to 6pm! This part of America is so beautiful that words often fail to describe the scenery.

Our route saw us take the Iron Mountain road (with a framed view of Mt Rushmore through a granite tunnel).

A tunnel view with Mt Rushmore in the background
Iron Road tunnel view with Mt Rushmore in the background

Past French Creek we briefly stopped for some coffee (and some snacks for my hungry friends) at the Wolf Café & RV park. After that a dirt road in the State Custer Park got us up close and personal with a huge herd of bison!

Up close and personal
Up close and personal
Climbing granite cliffs!
Climbing granite cliffs!

At the Blue Bell Lodge we got to see some of the wagons (ossewa’s) that the early American pioneers used.

Pioneer's wagon
Pioneer’s wagon

It was getting rather warm and so we stopped off at Legion Lake for a quick dip in the icy water! I thought the Americans rather peculiar, since they treated the lakeside rocky sand just like a beach – mud-castles, suntanning and the whole caboodle!!

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Cooling off with the boys
Cooling off with the boys

After that a short trip on the Needles highway made for a most spectacular drive! Breathtaking scenery and awesome granite pillars (needles) majestically shot into the sky, with a narrow winding road for cars through hairpin bends and granite tunnels.

Needles in the background
Needles in the background
Eye of the Needle
Eye of the Needle

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Our second-last stop was at the beautiful Sylvan Lake.

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Our last stop was a necessary grocery replenishment in Hill City, about 12 miles away from our campsite.

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