A Night at Rankin Ridge – Bugling Elk – 9/7/2016

 

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Fire look out tower

Wednesday evening we went back to Wind Cave National Park for a visit to Rankin Ridge lookout in an attempt at seeing Elk or at least to hear the bugle of the male bull in rut.  Here is where the park ranger told us a few days earlier elk herds were spotted.  We parked the truck in the trailhead parking lot and made the 1 mile trek up the Rankin Ridge trail.

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Black Hills, South Dakota – Custer State Park and more

After a week of “taking care of business” duties such as establishing SD residency, obtaining SD drivers licenses and transferring truck title, etc.,  Kevin and I were ready to take in some South Dakota culture and beauty.  We booked a tour through “Black Hills Open-Top-Tours“.

It was a great choice!

Our tour itinerary consisted of  Needles HighwayMt Coolidge,        Iron Mt. Road & Pigtail Bridges, and Custer State Park.

The tour was 6 hrs.   The tour offered breathtaking beauty as far as we could see, with many different landscapes (open prairie and meadows, pine and spruce forests, rock formations) and lessons in the history of the hills, land and wildlife.

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