Back from a needed vacation.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Hamm Homes

If you have never been to the Black Hills in South Dakota, you do not know what you are missing.  I lived up there for a couple of years in the 70,'s and have visited it a number of times in the last 20 years.  I have a couple of friends that have never been there before so I decided to take them up there from Denver and be their tour guy.

It is only a 6 hour drive from Denver.   Out trip started out on Sunday at Deadwood, great old mining town and now a town that has lots of slots machines.  

Monday headed back over to Devil Tower and watch some of the climbers climbing to the top.  They say the fastest time climbing it was 18 minutes but the average is 3 to 5 hours.  I am not a climber at my age.

  In the afternoon we headed to Keystone to be our base camp for the next 3 days.  The afternoon we where at Cosmos,  the place where a ball rolls up hill and water flows up hill (google it at  The dinner out at the Red Gartar Saloon and dinner there.

The next morning was up to Mt. Rushmore for the morning and then Crazy Horse.  I remember when they were working on Crazy Horse in the 70's and 90's and not sure it will be done in my life time.  The afternoon was a drive up to Sylvan Lake which is beautiful  and Needles Highway.  My friends could not believe how narrow the road was thru the tunnel.  The night found us at at the Red Gartar Saloon again with great music from a local guy.

The next morning of to Custer State park and lots of Tatanka or Buffalo.  Got a close up picture like 10 feet from the car but I can not download them for some reason here in the Rain from my phone.

Next day was off to the Badlands, people say it like walking on the moon.  They were taken with the views.  Of course you have to go to Wall drugs and the entrance to the Badlands.  

Next day, back to Denver.  I ask them what they like the most and Needle highway was the number one think.


Comments (12)

Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

Sounds like you had a nice trip with your friends making special memories. Enjoy your weekend.

Sep 22, 2023 09:49 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I am glad you enjoyed your vacation.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Sep 22, 2023 09:58 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello and welcome back home, Will - I have never been to the Dakotas.   There's certainly much to see throughout our country.  Even in our own neighborhood.  It seems like I am constantly discovering something new.  

Sep 22, 2023 11:14 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists
 Will, I have to read up on Cosmos, the place where a ball rolls up hill and water flows up hill!
Sep 22, 2023 11:23 AM
Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing Frye Realty - Naples, FL
Naples Golf Guy | Find Your Dream Lifestyle

I've heard Devil Tower is a must see!

Sep 22, 2023 11:57 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Thanks for sending the photos, Will. What fun the two of you had in the Black Hills of South Dakota!

Sep 22, 2023 12:49 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Will- I loved the photos you sent!!!! Let me know if you need help loading them. 

Sep 22, 2023 05:40 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That area of South Dakota is someplace where I would like to visit someday.

Sep 22, 2023 06:27 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am glad that you shared the pictures with me, I enjoyed all of them!  Such a beautiful place!

Sep 23, 2023 05:08 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

It sounds like you had a wonderful time as tour guide!

Sep 23, 2023 05:10 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Will... happy to hear you had a nice vacation in South Dakota. The Dakotas are two states I've never visited. Maybe one day...

Sep 23, 2023 05:54 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Congratulations Will, most agents suffer burnout for not taking care of themselves. I haven't been to South Dakota since I was 17, but I did do Mount Rushmore and Deadwood on that trip 🙂

Sep 24, 2023 02:58 PM