Sunny Days in the Black Hills

Sometimes you head out for one place and end up discovering something entirely different than you expected. We’d heard about a great trail in the Black Hills that the locals especially like and after three attempts to find it and hike it, decided it wasn’t meant to be this time. But we found a great restaurant in the meantime — the Cheyenne Crossing Cafe — where everything we tried from the menu was excellent and the servers friendly and helpful (it was a young woman here who finally gave us the final clue to the trailhead we’d been seeking).

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We did hike the Iron Creek trail, which took us deeper into Spearfish Canyon along Iron Creek.

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We spotted mining claim documents tacked to trees and saw a bigger variety of butterflies along this trail than I’ve seen in the last ten years in Michigan. I stopped trying to take pictures of them all!

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A shorter but steeper hike was the 76 Trail, which led to stunning views of the surrounding hills. If you’ve wondered what it’s like to hike one of the Black Hills, this is your trail.

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The truck was tiny from up here! Can you spot it?!?

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About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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