Wouldn’t you just love to run there?

Lee Phelps Photography

The wife and I recently took a short trip into the Black Hills of South Dakota on long weekend.  Our plan was to do some hiking in Custer State Park, then hit up Spearfish Canyon (known as the most beautiful area of the Black Hills), and finish up our trip hiking around Devil’s Tower National Monument in Wyoming.

First on the agenda was the area of the Black Hills known as Keystone.  Our goal was to hike the ten-mile trek up to Harney Peak, which is the highest point east of the Rocky Mountains at 7,242 ft (2,207 m).  Unfortunately for us, the weather gods just weren’t permitting a safe trek.  40 mph winds with regular gusts up to 70 mph made balancing on rocky terrain extremely difficult.  Our plan B wasn’t nearly as exciting, but we made due with our situation and our desire to still see some of…

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