Mountains and grasslands define RV trek so far

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Lumbering along in our version of the Conestoga wagon, we have zigzagged through the Bitterroot Valley, over the Rockies and are now in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

We camped last night at the Corps of Engineers Cottonwood Springs Lake campground (technically closed for the season on 9/15) west of the town of Hot Springs (really ‘Tepid’ Springs) in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

We are the only campers here and there are still hot water in bathroom sink and flush toilets … yippee … no electricity but a sliver of connection to Verizon. (The first place we find that has electricity and water for under $15 we are going to rest for a couple of days.)

There is a bit of chilly wind blowing through this high country. The campground is nestled in a pine forest with granite outcroppings and rolling grass meadows.

We are driving up to see Mt. Rushmore. Then over to the Badlands National Park. Then down to Wounded Knee.

Photo: Sunset from campsite Corps of Engineers Cottonwood Springs Lake campground. (Julianne G. Crane)

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