With sadness, we left Custer and started on a very very long journey. HOLY HELL…. South Dakota is really really far from Bozeman MT!! As a way to break up the trip, I decided to hit two National Parks along the way.
The drive on a country highway was breathtaking. I’ve never driven through scenery like what we saw. Every time I tried to capture it in film, it didn’t compare.
Our first stop was on the other side of Sundance Wyoming. I was excited to see this adorable town that hosts a film festival and celebrities every year… and for sure a Starbucks…
YEAH RIGHT, not the same town…. Which was obvious as soon as we pulled through. They do have a nice city hall, just ask Nana, she used their bathroom….
FIRST PARK… Devils Tower….WOW!! What a fun, beautiful place. It was truly awe-inspiring!! It is a sacred place and for years native tribes have been trying to return to its Indian name Bear Lodge. The legend that goes with the tower is really cool.
MD, my rock climber was inspired by the climbers he saw going up the face and he climbed as far as he could without equipment. Bess tried to join him, but since she insisted on wearing flip flops… she wasn’t allowed to go very far. Choices child choices...
Back in the car again… we drove a good 5 hours through winding mountain roads and stunning valleys. I was getting passed at 75mph, and Nana was struggling not to scream ,”SLOW DOWN”
Just over the state line of Montana (no picture… hard to stop at 75mph) we found Little Bighorn Battlefield National Park. It was so …somber. This was where Custer’s Last Stand took place, and reading about the loss there and knowing the results of this battle for the Native tribes was sad. We spent a good bit of time there looking at the markers in the field and also honoring fallen soldiers buried in the National Cemetery, also located here.
Back into the car and a few hours more of stunning views and mountainous roads, we arrived in Bozeman. Our wonderful church friend Adam asked his parents if they would host my crazy bunch… and they said SURE!! Their beautiful home is our resting place for four days, and it is so peaceful. It sits at the base of a mountain, has a stream running through it and deer everywhere!!
Grateful to be out of the car, and resting with a glass of wine… happy to be in Bozeman!