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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Needles Highway–Harney Peak Range and a couple of Buffalo in Custer South Dakota

Cathedral Spires - Needles Highway

this was our view as we began the climb to drive the Needles Highway. . .

Cathedral Spires - Needles HighwayCathedral Spires - Needles Highway

thicker and more eerily beautiful the higher we went. . .

these are a portion of the Cathedral Spires. . .

Landscape - Needles HighwayCathedral Spires - Needles Highway

a guy in one of the RV Groups I follow said he drove his rig up,

and never saw any signs for the tunnels until he got to them. . .

we saw many, many signs. . .so hmmm. . .

not sure what the deal was with that. . .

Needles Eye Tunnel - Needles HighwayNeedles Eye Tunnel - Needles HighwayNeedles Eye Tunnel - Needles Highway

approaching and driving through The Eye of the Needle Tunnel. . .

Needles Eye Tunnel - Needles Highway

the exit side. . .definitely a sold wall of rock!

Landscape - Needles HighwayCathedral Spires - Needles HighwayCathedral Spires - Needles HighwayCathedral Spires - Needles Highway

and then later in the day, the clouds lifted. . .

we drove it the opposite direction, and saw these beautiful views. . .

 

in between our morning and evening drive of Needles Highway

we saw couple more things. . .

Cathedral Spires - Needles Highway

Harney Peak at 7,242 elevation is the tallest peak

East of the Rocky Mountains. . .

Hiking the Harney Peak Trail - Sylvan Lake Area

you can hike to the top from the trail head at Sylvan Lake. . .

Lookout Tower - Harney Peak 7242 elevation - Harney Peak Range

where you can see this awesome

Harney Peak Lookout Tower, built by the CCC in 1938. . .

is this fabulous or what?

boy, would I love to see it up close and personal. . .

6 miles round trip. . .4 1/2 to 5 hours. . .3000 ft elevation change. . .

reality is. . .not happening. . .LOL!

Harney Peak 7242 elevation - Harney Peak Range

we just enjoyed it from afar with the binoculars and camera zoom. . .

Custer Stampede - Buffalo Art - Buffalo with Mountain LionCuster Stampede - Buffalo Art - Buffalo with Mountain Lion

Custer Stampede - Buffalo Art - Mt RushmoreCuster Stampede - Buffalo Art - Mt Rushmore

Custer SD is having their Buffalo Stampede Art Auction. . .

so we wanted to show you the front and back

of a couple of our favorite entries. . .

 

In the morning we roll towards Badlands National Park. . .

 

See you there,

Janice and Dave