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The Black Hills and Badlands HOP (The Head Out Program) October 6 – 10, 2020 The Escapees RV Club is offering an amazing set of combination tours for the Black Hills and Badlands. Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Deadwood, Custer State Park, the Presidential Summer White House to former President Calvin Coolidge and Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the surrounding areas are a few of these tours! Mount Rushmore National Memorial contains granite faces carved into the Black Hills depicting U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. These stately faces are nearly 60 feet high. George Washington’s nose is 21 feet tall, and each of the eyes on Mount Rushmore is about 11 feet wide, with each mouth is about 18 feet wide. The memorial was completed in 1941 under the direction of artist Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln. Located in the middle of America’s heartland, are a wooded and mountainous region called, the Black Hills. The Lakota Sioux tribe called this mountain range Pahá Sápa, or “Hills That Are Black.” From a distance, the hills are dark in appearance with mostly ponderosa pines. On the other hand, the Badlands are a sunny, desert-like area with cliffs and gullies. The Badlands are indeed a testament to the power of the forces of wind and water! Located in the beautiful Black Hills, is Deadwood, founded in 1875, being the location of the last major gold rush in the United States. The booming town gained a reputation as a rough-and-rugged mining camp where Wild Bill Hickok was killed, and Calamity Jane earned her claim to fame. While in Deadwood, you can study the historical narratives of the Native American Lakota tribe and their hunt for the bison. Custer State Park and wildlife preserve is famous for bison, but also has mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorns, mountain goats, coyotes, elk and bighorn sheep. Custer State Park has beautiful scenic drives and is one of the nation’s largest state park. Before it’s closing in 2002, this area had the largest and deepest Black Hills gold mine in North America! Registration includes: · 4 nights- staying in a beautiful country setting with full hookups · 3 dinners · 1 all you can eat breakfast · 2 evening shows – one exclusive just for you! · Admissions into all the National Parks · Mount Rushmore National Memorial · Crazy Horse Memorial · Badlands National Park · Tour of the Black Hills · Learn about the Black Hills Gold Mining · Learn all about the bison, which are in this area · Tour the Badlands National Park · Pavilion for catered meals and entertainment · Professional motor coach transportation · Professional motor coach driver and local tour guide · Souvenir HOP name badge · Meet and greet social · Your HOP host · All gratuities And much more! Itinerary is “rain or shine” and is subject to change without notice. This HOP includes a considerable amount of walking, so wear appropriate shoes. RV Park You will be staying in a beautiful country setting with full hookups. If you would like to be near specific Escapees friends, please let us know when you register for this HOP. Once registered, you will receive pertinent information about this HOP via email. Payment Options When registering for this HOP, you may pay half upon registration and make monthly payments. The balance is due 60 days prior to the event. You can call the HOP department and ask about this payment option. Note: Non-Escapees members are welcome to attend a land or cruise HOP. There will be a $50.00 charge for non-members. If you join Escapees, the $50.00 will be waived. To join the Escapees RV Club or ask about prices, please call 936-327-8873. Prices for this HOP: Two-person rig: $995.00 Additional person in rig: $395.00 One-person rig: $695.00 To register for this HOP, contact: The HOP Department 936-327-8873 Or, email: email@example.com After registering – confirmation email You will receive a confirmation email with all the dates, activities and important information about this HOP. Please, make sure Escapees has your current email address on file. If you do not receive it, please check your spam files, or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Trip cancellation and interruption Insurance We highly suggest that you protect your investment on this HOP by purchasing trip insurance. If you or a family member has a pre-existing medical condition, you might consider purchasing cancellation insurance as well. This insurance can also help with covering other unexpected emergencies while on the trip. 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After camping a few days right outside the park we finally venture in, right off the bat we see a large bison. Going further into to the National Park the drive is quite breathtaking. The winding roads, mountains and bright blue skies. We drive through the whole park and end up hiking the Notch Trail, it's short at 1.33 miles but the views are amazing. Back at camp we have an amazing experience with the big horn sheep! They come out of no where and completely surround the whole trailer. Our time at this boondocking spot comes to and end, we carefully take the muddy road out what we call "the secret entrance / exit". It works great and we make it out with no problems, then we have a great drive to our next boondocking spot Northwest of Deadwood South Dakota. Here we plan to hike in Custer State Park, hit Mount Rushmore, visit Deadwood and meet up with friends. Hope you enjoy the vlog, let me know what you think!
We recently visited Custer State Park in Custer, South Dakota. If you haven't been there, it's a trip that you don't want to miss. Read about our visit here (mods, this is a non-monetized blog): http://wanderingtootsies.blogspot.com/2018/09/custer-state-park-custer-south-dakota.html