Majestic wonders – both God made and man made – filled our day, beginning and ending with Custer State Park.

Keystone, a tour through the Black Hills – including driving across pigtail bridges and through enormous boulders – Mt. Rushmore, and a little shopping at another Cabella’s as well as at unique stores along the scenic route, were all sandwiched in between the two park tours.

And it was all spectacular!

We were fortunate to see many animals up close and a few a little further away but made quite clear with the aid of binoculars. The photos I could get with my phone, I’m sharing. Bison, big horn sheep, mountain goats, pronghorns, wild burrows, prairie dogs, all appeared during the day.

But a little closer to dusk we found a less traveled road and five enormous bull elk, several large white tail bucks and many more pronghorns, as well as bison. Luckily, none of them were threatening.

Except for the white tail deer, these are all new experiences for us and we feel blessed beyond reason to see so much wildlife.

Again, words seem trivial – much better to just let you see a few of my pictures. I’ll have better, more detailed ones to share when we return home. I wrangled two cameras all day, my Sony with a zoom and my blackberry.

At the end of the day, as dusk and its blue twilight covered the park, we faced west at another pink sky tipping the mountain peaks. It was the perfect end to a perfect day.

Mt. Rushmore - manmade wonder!

Mt. Rushmore – manmade wonder!

Buffalo in Custer State Park

Buffalo in Custer State Park

Male Pronghorn

Male Pronghorn

South Dakota Traffic Jam - Wild Burrows!

South Dakota Traffic Jam – Wild Burrows!

Big Horn Sheep

Big Horn Sheep

Mountain Goats - look on top of cliffs

Mountain Goats – look on top of cliffs

Lower French Creek

Lower French Creek

Lake in Custer State Park

Lake in Custer State Park

Sunset in Custer State Park

Sunset in Custer State Park

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