May 20

May 20, 2021 – Mount Rushmore & Custer State Park

Today was awesome.

I’ve been so excited to get to the Badlands that I was just sort of going through Custer State Park since it was so close. Little did I know it would be one of my favorite places!

I absolutely loved Custer State Park and will absolutely be back.

As for Mount Rushmore… I’m just going to come out and say it. It’s kinda dumb! 😀

I know this is probably an unpopular opinion, but it seems like a lot of effort for something that isn’t all that impressive. I found myself kind of laughing at it.

How unAmerican of me!

But hey, I’ve always had this feeling like I should see it, and now I’ve seen it. Check it off my list!

But my favorite part of the day was the camping spot I found. I ended up driving on a gravel road about 20 miles to a really secluded spot on the top of a mountain next to a fire lookout tower and some large antennas.

Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE thunderstorms, and it stormed all night long. I got a 360 degree view of some amazing lighting throughout the night

Was I a bit nervous being on the top of a mountain near tall radio antennas just begging to be struck by lightning?


Would I do it again?


I took a ton of pictures today, so here they are.

Gotta get a selfie with the fathers, right?

A bunch of pictures from Custer State Park.

Pictures from my awesome camping spot off a National Forest Service road.

Storms rolling through!

Trying to get a selfie with lightning in the background.

Cool pic, but no lightning. Let’s try again.

Got it!!

Selfies are never easy with this dog. I’ll take it!

Some videos I took during the day.

Here’s some highlights from the drive.

And a timelapse of my day.