We leave Custer State Park to join our Road Scholar group. We stopped at the visitors center to see a film about the park narrated by Kevin Costner.
There is a Presidents Heads Park outside of Williamsburg. We plan to go there next month. I read that there were three in South Dakota so I was thrilled when we happened to drive past.
We meet our group of 40 people from all over the USA. Our tour guide, Mike, gives us an introduction to South Dakota.
Geology is illustrated with six distinct layers from the river to the highest point at Black Elk Peak.
Belle Fourche, SD, is the center of the 50 states. South Dakota is truly the center of everything, the crossroads of everything.
B.C. means Before Custer. Everything seemed to change when he arrived on the scene.
Prior to 1880 it was called the American Serengeti. There are overlapping eco regions:
Mountains – the black Hills are the Eastern edge of the Rockies with the same geology and evergreen trees.
Deciduous Forest – Western part of Eastern deciduous forests with trees such as oak and ash.
Boreal Forest – Southwesternmost part of the boreal forests of spruce and birch.
Desert – Northeastern part of the desert which brings cactus.
Grasslands – mixed prairie grass which is rare.