At the beginning of this summer, I took a very unplanned road trip to Colorado. Wanting to escape life for a little while, I called one of my best friends Megan and told her I wanted to sleep in a tent, drive through the mountains, and explore places I have never been. A few weeks later we were headed west.
After the first night of our adventure, Meg and I knew this road trip was going to be one of the best/most random experiences of our lives. The first place we found ourselves in was the beautiful Custer State Park in South Dakota. It was the perfect pitstop on our way to Colorado. However, getting to our campsite was a challenge. With little to no cellphone service in the hills, Meg and I had to rely on our map reading skills. Bad idea. We spent the first night in our car. The next day we set up camp and explored our surroundings.
Finding water less than a mile from our campsite was a blessing. In 90 degree weather, a swim was the just what we needed.
If you ever visit Custer State Park, I recommend taking a scenic drive through the Wildlife Loop. Megan and I cranked Taylor Swift, one of the three CDs we had on the entire trip, and drove through eighteen miles of beautiful hills, prairie, and canyon. We spotted wildlife around every corner.
Overall South Dakota was incredible. We experienced Wall Drug, spent the night in our car, survived a hail storm, made friends from all over the world after spending the night around the campfire with our tent neighbors (an international travel group), and most importantly, we left with a book full of inside jokes/memories.
We love you South Dakota. Colorado here we come…
With Love And Light,