Henry our jackalope is in heaven. He went out with some of his long lost buddies last night and had a grand old time. He stayed out a little too late last night and paid for it this morning. But he was excited to see his old buddies. Jackalopes don’t keep track of years like humans do but he thought it had been over 300 moons since he had seen Ralph, Bobby and Jeremy.
Henry did tell me a little bit more about where he came from. So for the longest time Jackalopes were like Sasquatch and no one could really confirm that they exist. Then a trapper named George (his last name has been lost in the annals of history) actually trapped a Jackalope and they were no longer only a legend. Henry hopes that the Sasquatch doesn’t meet the same fate his family has encountered. But Henry does tell us he’s happy to be part of our family and traveling with us and the Motley Crew.
We are staying for the next three nights at Custer’s Gulch RV Park which is apparently where Custer and his army camped in 1874 while in his expedition to the Black Hills. This site became his camps permanent site.
The Black Hills Expedition was a United States Army expedition in 1874 led by Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer that set out on July 2, 1874 from modern day Bismarck, North Dakota, which was then Fort Abraham Lincoln in the Dakota Territory, with orders to travel to the previously uncharted Black Hills of South Dakota. Its mission was to look for suitable locations for a fort, find a route to the southwest, and to investigate the possibility of gold mining. Custer and his unit, the 7th Cavalry, arrived in the Black Hills on July 22, 1874, with orders to return by August 30. The expedition set up a camp at the site of the future town of Custer; while Custer and the military units searched for a suitable location for a fort, civilians searched for gold, and it is disputed whether or not any substantial amount was found. Nonetheless, this prompted a mass gold rush which in turn antagonised the Sioux Indians who had been promised protection of their sacred land through Treaties made by the US government, and who were later to kill Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in the Great Sioux War of 1876–1877 between themselves and the US. (Wikipedia)
Custer SD is a small little town in the Black Hills and very close to The Crazy Horse Memorial, Mt Rushmore and, of course, Custer State Park. We’ve been to both Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse numerous times so we opted to skip them this year and concentrated on seeing some of the other sites the Black Hills has to offer. And believe me, there are a lot of them.
If you’ve never been to the Black Hills you should definitely plan a trip and you should plan to stay at least 7-10 days. There are so many things to see and so many places to go and it’s all beautiful.
We had a good time walking thru the little town of Custer. Good shops and restaurants. Plus there’s a painted buffalo on just about every corner. And one penguin. I have no clue what the penguin was doing there.
Coming up, we’ll tell you more about our time in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Custer State Park, Tatanka (aka Bison and Buffalo), Needles Highway, Deadwood and Lead (pronounced LEED), plus Saloon Number 10 where Wild Bill Hickock was killed.
Stay safe out there and keep making those memories.