Monday, August 23, 2010

Keystone & Kemp’s Kamp

The little campground (Kemp's Kamp) where we stayed three nights is a mile and a half west of Keystone, SD — my favorite place in the Black Hills. I loved the setting and this little stream running along our campsite. We had water, electric, AND wi-fi. Also, cable TV but never had a chance to use it.

I enjoyed photographing the area around the campground.

A sight-seeing train (circa 1880) runs between Keystone and Hill City several times a day — right past our campground.

The town of Keystone is very commercial, but has several museums and historical sites. It’s the closest town to Mt Rushmore.

Every night, Mt Rushmore is illuminated, but we chose not to pay $10 just to park in their lot to see the lights. Instead, we viewed the lighting from a local motel’s parking lot. This view was a long way away and my camera doesn’t zoom that well so this is slightly fuzzy and not actually the greatest of views. BUT. . .it’s different than what you normally see.

Sunday night a cold front blew through (finally) and ended the unseasonal hot spell. Monday morning was cloudy and oh-so comfortable. We splurged by eating at a local restaurant in Keystone and then took a short walk about their Boardwalk area. Jeff got a mug — I got a t-shirt.

On the way out, we stopped to admire carvings done with a chain saw! Awesome craftsmanship.

We had to be out of our campsite by 11:00am, so we reluctantly headed to Rapid City and east on I-90 for the Badlands.

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