Summer Vacation Part 2: Sylvan Lake in the Black Hills

As you probably read in our last blog post, in late June we had a summer adventure exploring the great outdoors of Colorado and South Dakota—and Uncle Chris joined us for the fun too. If you missed our post about our two days in Colorado, you can read it here.

We spent the rest of our vacation in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Here are a few photos from our drive through Wyoming to get to the Black Hills…

We stayed at Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park, which is South Dakota’s largest state park (it has 71,000 acres). Custer State Park is famous for its diverse wildlife (including bison), lakes, scenic drives, and historic sites. The Sylvan Lake area is beautiful—check it out!

This part of our trip was extra special because Grandma Debbie and Grandpa Rod joined us for a few days too! We stayed in a cabin by the lake, and Grandpa and Grandpa stayed at the lodge just up the hill. Noah loved the cabin…

And this was our view from the porch. You can’t beat that!

That night we grilled for supper, and then we built a campfire and made S’mores.

The next day Aunt Jenny and Abby joined us too. The weather was beautiful, so we paddled around the lake for an hour or so. Noah and Grandpa Rod shared a canoe, Chris went on a paddle board, and the rest of us kayaked. We had a great time! And as you can tell from the pictures, Sylvan Lake has amazing scenery.

Here are two short videos of our time on the lake too. As a quick reminder: If you’re reading this post in an email, you may need to open the blog webpage in order to view the videos. To do so, just click on the title of the post (the link in blue) at the top of the email to open the blog in your web browser.

Then we went for a hike around the lake, and Abby showed us some of her favorite trails.

We lounged around the cabin and played games too.

Aunt Jenny and Abby drove home that evening. We had a very fun day, and we are so glad that they were able to join us. We’ll see you again soon!

We ended the day with a campfire and more S’mores…

Stay tuned to read more about our adventures in the Black Hills with Grandma Debbie and Grandpa Rod. We have a lot more to share!

Categories: Canoeing, Cousins, Grandparents, Mountains, Nature, South Dakota, Summer, Vacations | Leave a comment

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