Category Archive: hiking

A Tale of Two Hikes: Upper Boulder Lake and Mount Sanitas Trails

One of the best things about the mountain ranges in states such as Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Arizona is the rapid changes in elevation that allow you to experience multiple ecosystems… Continue reading

Family Visits in Colorado: Hiking, Leaf-Peeping, and Elk

Leaving the Black Hills at the end of the first week of September we made a beeline directly to Tom’s niece Nancy and husband Tim’s new house in Colorado. Located in the small… Continue reading

South Dakota High Point: Hiking Black Elk Peak

Our last day in South Dakota was spent hiking Black Elk Peak, the highest point of South Dakota at 7,244 ft. The hike was beautiful, but also way more popular than I’d anticipated;… Continue reading

Scenic Drives in the Black Hills and the Buffalo and Burros of the Wildlife Loop

This post combines the driving routes of our first 2 days staying near Custer, including the Needles Highway from the first day and the Iron Mountain and Wildlife Loop Roads from our second… Continue reading

Custer State Park, Part 2: Cathedral Spires Trail

Leaving Sylvan Lake we returned to the Needles Highway, ascending further into the rocky peaks to the southeast. After we wound our way up and through the narrow tunnels – which I’ll write… Continue reading

Custer State Park, Part 1: A Morning Sampling the Sunday Gulch and Sylvan Lake Trails

Our next 3 days in South Dakota we stayed near Custer State Park in order to take advantage of the trails through the piles of boulders, clusters of pine trees, and dramatic rock… Continue reading

The Hike to Crow Peak

After my cursory research it was unanimous that Crow Peak had some of the best views in the Black Hills, and that was good enough for me to add it to our itinerary.… Continue reading

Big Trees: Iron Creek Trail and Spearfish Canyon

Our first full day in the northern Black Hills was dedicated to driving the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Drive and hiking for a few hours in Iron Creek Canyon. Driving south from the town… Continue reading

The Magic of the 100th Meridian: Byebye Humidity, Hello Badlands

In the late 19th century, explorer John Wesley Powell wrote at length about the dividing line that separates the humid growth of the eastern U.S. from the arid sparsely-vegetated land of the west.… Continue reading

Weekend in Minneapolis

After we finished our second week of building in Wisconsin we packed a couple bags and headed to Minneapolis for the weekend. Neither Tom or I had been there before but Tom had… Continue reading