Rocky Point Rec Area
Now that we have our tire issue taken care of and have my SD license, we are heading towards North Dakota. One more stop along the way in Belle Fourche. Pronounced Bell Foosh. We'll be staying outside of town on a lake in the Rocky Point Rec Area.
We were in site 5. $22.
Steve enjoyed the beer and we split a specialty burger.
Then we tried Sawyer Brewing Co. They make great thin crust pizza. The beer was good too.
The exciting thing for us was to visit the Geo-center of the US. It used to be Kansas, but once Alaska and Hawaii were added it changed to SD. The actual spot is in a field down a dirt road about 12 miles north of town so they put a big compass and info at the Visitor's Center.
They had an interesting Shoe Display going on. Funny how small peoples feet were back then.
I liked the outgoing mailbox.
Outside the Visitor's Center is the Geo Center Compass.
We took a very short drive down the road from our campground to grab a geocache. It was in plain site yet you'd never notice it in the endless hay fields even though it did have a small fence around it. It was placed in a very historic spot that had no markings al all. No signs. Nothing. The only way we found out about it was through this geocache called, Cold War Silo N7:
I didn't get a picture because there really isn't anything but hay bales. I found this very fascinating and I'm glad we stopped for it. These little gems are what keep Geocaching so fun!
You follow along Spearfish Creek as you drive. I'd love to come back and fish this some time.
There are 3 waterfalls along this route. Bridal Veil Falls was first. Very pretty to see in the snow.
This route is very popular with bikers too.
We stopped at Spearfish Canyon Lodge to warm up with some lunch.
View outside the windows.
We also found a geocache near the bridge.
Hurley loves a good snowball catching!
Then we took a side road to see Roughlock Falls. It passes a pretty pond along the way.
We saw several Marmots hanging around.
Again, I sure would've loved to fish in the pools!
The Old Brick Hydro brick building in the background.
"The discovery of gold in the southern Black Hills in 1874 set off one of the great gold rushes in America. In 1876, miners moved into the northern Black Hills. That’s where they came across a gulch full of dead trees and a creek full of gold and Deadwood was born.
Practically overnight, the tiny gold camp boomed into a town that played by its own rules that attracted outlaws, gamblers and gunslingers along with the gold seekers. Wild Bill Hickok was one of those men who came looking for fortune. But just a few short weeks after arriving, he was gunned down while holding a poker hand of aces and eights – forever after known as the Dead Man’s Hand."
It's a beautiful town. Gorgeous buildings and architecture. Many unique shops and bars.
Unfortunately being off season and late on a Sunday, most places we wanted to go to were closed.
It was getting late but we wanted to drive to the Mt. Moriah Cemetery where Wild Bill and Calamity Jane are buried.
It is a beautiful cemetery and we could've walked around much longer to look around.
We stopped at a Walmart once we were back in Spearfish to pickup a few things for dinner. This was NOT one of them!
We enjoyed our stay even though it was some of our worst weather. We almost had to move out due to flooding but that was not the case this time. This is an area we'll come back to again as there is so much in the Black Hills. This was our third time through and we always find so much.