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Fun day in the Black Hills, September 29, 2016

Posted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:27 pm
by Soapweed
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The fabulous Mt. Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota

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View from the side

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We decided to be tourists and ride the helicopter.

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Up

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Up, up

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And awayyyyyyyy.....

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Our pilot, who is from northern Idaho

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Peach in the back seat

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View of the valley

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North by northwest. It even sounds scary.

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Crazy Horse monument

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Fall colors

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Crazy Horse's head

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We can see for quite a long ways.

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Sylvan Lake

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Harney Peak is the highest natural point in South Dakota and the Black Hills. It lies in the Black Elk Wilderness area, in southern Pennington County, in the Black Hills National Forest. The peak lies 3.7 mi WSW of Mount Rushmore. At 7,242 feet, it has been described by the Board on Geographical Names as the highest summit in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains.

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Fire look-out tower atop Harney Peak

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Horse Thief Lake

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Close-up view

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George, Tom, Teddy, and Abe. We once had a four-horse feed team named after these gentlemen.

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The Cathedrals

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Harney Peak once again

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The Plaid Rocks. Oh wait, that's my shirt showing in the reflection of the glass.

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The Needles

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Fall colors in this valley

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Crazy Horse again

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The monument from a different perspective

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Nearing the end of our ride

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Back on terra-firma. I had left my hat in the hangar. :cboy:

Re: Fun day in the Black Hills, September 29, 2016

Posted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:51 pm
by Grandad
:hat: :D

Re: Fun day in the Black Hills, September 29, 2016

Posted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:54 pm
by Soapweed
Grandad wrote: :hat: :D


You and I both look funny without our hats. :cowboy:

Re: Fun day in the Black Hills, September 29, 2016

Posted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 11:22 pm
by Faster horses
That was interesting, Soap. Thanks for taking us along. Got a giggle out of the "plaid shirt" comment.
We might have to take that helicopter ride!

Re: Fun day in the Black Hills, September 29, 2016

Posted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 11:28 pm
by leanin' H
The H's have been doing some serious talking about a trip back to Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills with a swing back through Nebraska to the spearhead, and the Big Muddy Valley in Canada to see BMR, and South Dakota to see the FH bunch and into WYO to see Jody on the way home. That is some neat country and I bet the helicopter ride gave you the best view in the house. Thanks for packing you camera and allowing us to see the sights.

Re: Fun day in the Black Hills, September 29, 2016

Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2016 12:14 am
by GM888
Been to MT. Rushmore once. Ive seen many pictures of it but none do it justice.

Re: Fun day in the Black Hills, September 29, 2016

Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2016 6:58 am
by Soapweed
leanin' H wrote:The H's have been doing some serious talking about a trip back to Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills with a swing back through Nebraska to the spearhead, and the Big Muddy Valley in Canada to see BMR, and South Dakota to see the FH bunch and into WYO to see Jody on the way home. That is some neat country and I bet the helicopter ride gave you the best view in the house. Thanks for packing you camera and allowing us to see the sights.


Sounds like a good plan.

Re: Fun day in the Black Hills, September 29, 2016

Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2016 8:09 am
by Big Muddy rancher
Sounds like a plan H.

Great picture tour Soap, When you were North by Northwest you should have come a little farther and flew over our Badlands. You could have spotted the 6 pairs up there for me.

Re: Fun day in the Black Hills, September 29, 2016

Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2016 10:45 am
by Faster horses
Ok, H. You brought it up, now count on it!! We are! Will be fun and educational. How can you beat that? Look at some bulls and write off the trip. :D

Re: Fun day in the Black Hills, September 29, 2016

Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2016 11:48 am
by Soapweed
Big Muddy rancher wrote:Sounds like a plan H.

Great picture tour Soap, When you were North by Northwest you should have come a little farther and flew over our Badlands. You could have spotted the 6 pairs up there for me.


We did take a helicopter ride over the South Dakota Badlands back in May. It was a scenic trip, but we didn't notice any cow/calf pairs in there at the time. Hope you find yours.

Re: Fun day in the Black Hills, September 29, 2016

Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2016 3:25 pm
by burnt
Thanks for the great picture tour, Soapweed.

I had one helicopter ride, took the kids up. They loved it. Notice I said "they"...Scared me skinny.