Today will be our last day in Custer State Park. I was hopeful that this place would be a real treasure based on some recommendations from friends. I was not let down. This is not your typical state park. Everything about this park is very thought out. The roads are placed not to provide ease of access, but to ensure the most scenic passage possible. Roadside trees are kept trimmed not to impede views of meadows where the wildlife gather. If Walt Disney had ever tried his hand at civil engineering this is what his work would have looked like. I don’t want you to get the idea that this place is completely manufactured, because it is not. It is however enhanced for the better. The wildlife is natural. The granite spires were all God’s work. The pine trees, steams, and rolling hills all were here long before former Governor Peter Norbreck designed the state park.
Last night we took the long and winding Needles Highway to Mt. Rushmore. I hate to admit it, but I think we all enjoyed the scenic drive more than MT. Rushmore. Sylvan lake was breathtaking. I hope to get back up there later today and do some fly fishing with the boys. MT.Rushmore was just as you would expect. Some big heads carved out of granite. Yes it was impressive, but we tend to enjoy more natural spaces. We prefer National Parks over museums. Walking over driving. And God made over man made. Maybe a time will come when the cathedrals of Europe call to us, but for now it is only the call of the wild. Click HERE to read about our second trip to Custer.