Thursday, July 16, 2009

Somewhere in the black mountain hills of Dakota...

The grandest Teton of them all!

Tuesday morning brought us straight to the Grand Teton National Park, just south of Yellowstone. We had originally planned to camp in Yellowstone, but after some recommendations, we chose the less popular (but perhaps more beautiful) Grand Tetons. We set up camp, and hiked up to Lunch Tree Hill. As the story goes, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (on one of his many trips to the Yellowstone area) hiked to the top of the hill for lunch, and after seeing the view of the Grand Tetons, demanded it become a protected national park, as well. Thank you, John D. Rockefeller, Jr.!

The view from Lunch Tree Hill

We headed back to our campsite, where we made dinner. Check out our "backyard"!

We made it to sleep last night, but the low temperatures (37 degrees!) made it hard to sleep late. By 6:45am this morning, we were packed up (and bundled up!) and headed north to see Yellowstone at sunrise.

On our way out, we stumbled upon a few bison grazing by the road.

They're huge!

We weren't sure how close we could get, but we got pretty close!

We left Yellowstone, and pushed on through Wyoming, all the way to Deadwood, South Dakota. Deadwood is an infamous "Wild West" town, where Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane stirred up trouble.

An old hotel in Deadwood (The Bullock)

Downtown Deadwood

The most random store, ever.

We ate dinner at Diamond Lil's - a sports bar above The Midnight Star Casino, owned by the one and only Kevin Costner. The food was mediocre, but the Kevin Costner movie memorabilia collection was outstanding.

As we were leaving the restaurant, we overheard some woman admiring this poster, saying "I didn't know Kevin Costner was in Japanes movies, too!?"

Tonight, we relax. Tomorrow, we'll see what South Dakota has to offer.


  1. WOW...this is soo impressive!
    You are doing a super job sharing your trip...and hopefully inspiring others to follow your example. Keep having fun and stay safe!

  2. have you seen the hbo show deadwood? its AWESOME!