We also did a wonderful 7.5 mile hike to Harney Peak with our great friends and hiking companions, Bill and Rena.
|With Bill and Rena on Harney Peak hike|
|Brown trees are the ones destroyed by the Pine Beetle|
|Still the views are awesome|
The peak includes a two story, stone look out tower constructed by the history making CCC (Civilian Conservation Corp) in 1939. The tower is built as if it's a part of the existing rock.
The area immediately adjacent to the tower is an enormous expanse of rock. A great place to ramble about like a kid.
|Duane and Bill "rambling about like a kid"|
While there we enjoyed a "sweet" little visit from a mighty curious chipmunk.
|No Rena was not going to step on the chipmunk!!|
Harney Peak is located in the Black Hills, adjacent to Custer State Park. One of the bonuses of the Black Hills is the wildlife. During the drive to our hike we came upon a small herd of Big Horn Sheep. They had little concern for our presence, but they did eventually run off.
The trail head for our Harney Peak hike began at the beautiful Sylvan Lake.
You know we've been here in Spearfish since late May. We're excited about our future travels but leaving will be bittersweet. We've developed many great friendships, seen some beautiful scenery, created a more healthy lifestyle and generally fallen in love with the west and especially Spearfish!
During the past week we've also concentrated on getting ready to travel. Debbie, of course, has invested enormous hours researching destinations, campgrounds and fine tuning our itinerary. I've been washing the camper/vehicles and completing a 4-page Montana maintenance checklist that needs to be completed every 6 months which happens to be now.
The next several months we'll be traveling in the Southwest departing around mid-April 2012 when we'll head for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. We'll keep you posted.