Yesterday we spent the morning kicking back and doing some necessary chores around camp. After 5 days on the road, we needed to wash laundry, and we did some reorganization of the van. With every passing day we become more efficient campers.
Then we went to Pizza Hut in Custer, SD for lunch with the US Army — except we think half of them were some sort of visiting troops because they had the flag of Norway on their sleeves. Perhaps an advance team for Jade Helm 15, yesno?
After lunch we went to Jewel Cave National Monument. We were offered two tours — the Lantern Tour, which is physically arduous, requiring much bending, stooping, scrunching, climbing, and squeezing through tight spots. The lady said, “If you have a bad back or a bad knee, you should reconsider.” Well, at age 62 I have one of each; moreover, this trip is plenty of exercise just setting up camp and breaking it down every dang day. We passed on that one.
The other trip is the Scenic Tour, which lasts about an hour and a half, but the next one wasn’t until this morning at 9 a.m. So we’ll do that one and hopefully I’ll have some good photos tomorrow.
We went back to camp, did some reading and some more kicking back, and made dinner.
It rained hard again last night, but the only thing that reaches us is the sound of it beating on the tent. I actually prefer that to the sound of cars going by on the highway 150 meters from here.
I’m going to let the boys decide if we stop at Devil’s Tower. It’s pretty awesome but will add two hours driving to our trip today. Our campsite tonight is in the Bighorn National Forest. It’s going to be sunny and warm there, a good change from the chilly and rainy Black Hills. Then Wednesday it’s off to Yellowstone!