Thursday, March 2, 2017

Traveling Thursday~Custer State Park

After leaving the Crazy Horse Memorial, we headed to Custer State Park. 
Custer State Park is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It is 71,000 acres of beautiful land.
You can camp, hike, fish, go horseback riding, go rock climbing, and see plenty of wild life. 

After a busy morning at Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial, we enjoyed a picnic lunch around the lake. It was a peaceful place to stop. No crowds to deal with.  We loved sitting by the water watching the birds fly overhead. I can only imagine how the early Americans viewed this stunning area and what went through their minds as the saw the wide, open spaces and majestic mountains. 

We saw a wide selection of birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and Pronghorn sheep. 

We saw this handsome young buck spot this beautiful lady across the fields. 

It was mating season while we were there, so he was very happy to spot her. We stopped the car and watched him run across the fields. He was amazing to watch. The speed he ran with was incredible. Did you know that the Pronghorn  is the fastest land mammal in the western hemisphere? They can reach up to speeds greater than 53 miles per hour.

He eventually caught up with her, but she wasn't interested. She quickly ran away with him in pursuit. She may have been playing hard to get though.

The only animal we didn't see while in Custer State park was bison. Maybe we'll see them at our next stop!

Till Next Time,

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