Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Day 141: Hike up to Harney Peak

September 2, 2014

This morning we awoke to a temperature of 45 degrees. Yep. Had to use the furnace again this morning – not for long but still it's September 2nd and we have not had a week that we have not used the furnace at least once. Crazy. Here in South Dakota, with the lows in the 40's for several days now we now are seeing changes in the leaves with some yellows like we were seeing in Alaska and then Canada. Fall is approaching. Of course just a few miles from us there was snow on Labor Day.

We didn't need the furnace for long today because we left at 9:00 to go hiking with Pink, Steve and Ashley. We decided to hike Harney Peak elevation 7,242 feet. Harney Peak is the highest natural point in South Dakota and the highest peak east of the Rockies and west of the Pyrenees Mountains of Europe. There is a castle looking structure at the summit previously used as a fire tower. Round trip hike was a over 7.5 miles. It was a hike with beautiful vistas, views of Little Devil's Tower and Cathedral Spires. Scout got to hike with us because this hike is in Custer State Park and the National Forest. He is one tired puppy tonight. He has hiked that far numerous times, but not this high and this much elevation change. It was such a wonderful day enjoying the natural beauty of this part of the country. Of course, we aren't tired at all. We should all sleep well tonight.


Distant view of the observation tower
Cathedral Spires

Little Devil's Tower
Scout cooling off in the old reservoir on the peak

One view from the top
The group at the top

Great news! The tow bar was delivered today. We will get it all set up tomorrow and then be ready to head toward Branson Thursday morning.

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