Canyon Drive

I had a few days off. So just to have a breather from dealing with this daily hysteria from COVID-19 at the hospital, my wife and I went for a long drive. Our plans were hastily devised, as we only decided where to go a couple of days before the trip, and we booked our accommodations just a day before we ventured out. Of course with some places having travel restrictions and with somes states requiring mandatory quarantines when you arrive there, so that limit the places we can visit.

The trip was a butt-hurting 10-hour drive. But it was well worth it, and we were pleasantly surprised at the place we stayed in. Actually we were going to visit a national natural landmark (I’ll write a separate post on this) and we just searched for a housing that may be close to it.

The lodge is nestled inside a canyon, deep in the heart of the Black Hills National Forest. Near the lodge is a flowing stream, and if you follow it upstream and hike for about a mile, you would end up on this waterfall (photos below).

Inside the lodge was warm and cozy. If you look closely at the photos below, that was snow falling outside the window, for it rained and it snowed during our brief stay there, making our visit more interesting.

But the best part of this place was the drive going to this lodge. As there is a saying that goes – it’s the journey, not the destination.

Below is a short clip of our drive on this scenic canyon road.

(*photos and video taken with an iPhone at Spearfish Canyon, South Dakota)

Rock Surfing

During our recent trip through South Dakota, we passed over Badlands and Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, which is part of the Black Hills, is perhaps the most popular National Park in this region.

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Faces of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln on Mount Rushmore

Though the Badlands National Park, has its different appeal and beauty as well.

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Badlands

Native to this mountainous terrain is the mountain goat. This creature is agile and sure-footed, and able to climb on steep rocks with grace of a ballerina and steadiness of an experienced rock climber.

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We were fortunate to see one. I mean the mountain goat in above’s photo, not the one below.

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rock surfer dudes

Not to be outdone, and getting inspiration from the mountain goat, my son and I, strutted this “rock-surfing” pose for posterity.

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Sorry, the camera did not capture a photo when we dove off the cliff.

Just kidding. Our photographer did not allow us.

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