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Old 08-05-2010, 11:34 PM   #11
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Sorry I should have read all the posts-- anyways-- if anyone else is looking at camping in the Black Hills they may find this thread useful.
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Old 08-05-2010, 11:42 PM   #12
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Great review and awesome pics! Looks like you had a wonderful time and created good memories. Maybe in a few years after I retire my wife and I can make it up there, I would love to see mount rushmore.
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Old 08-08-2010, 08:29 AM   #13
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Nice vacation
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Old 08-08-2010, 11:38 AM   #14
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Word of caution-- if it starts to hail get your truck under a cover. 4 years ago a hail storm totaled our Grand Cherokee-- hail the size of soft balls (and no I'm not kidding)-- every window busted-- about every inch of that Jeep had huge dents. We saw a horse get taken out. It was major bummer-- but luckily the storm didn't make it to Whispering Pines.
*Memory Lane* Back in 1991, we took our then 13/14 year old's and a tent on our first long distance travels that included the mid-section of US. We went as far North and East as South Dakota. It blew us away (being from Calif) that it could hail in the summer (not sure I saw it anytime actually)!!!! Two (otherwise) memorable moments for me... seeing this cute little thing called a "tent trailer" (which we wound up buying to travel more comfortably through the remaining 40 'lower 48' states we wanted the kids to see) and witnessing little ice-balls falling from the sky during a rain-storm! We were astounded that these things were just a little bigger than golf-ball sized! We pulled off the highway and stopped for gas under a overhang and watched these little ice balls pelt everything in it's path.

Holy cow! I can only imagine what damage the softball sized hail could do!!!
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Old 08-08-2010, 04:52 PM   #15
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During our visit in South Dakota, they had a REALLY bad storm that included some hail. We missed it by 1 day, but the new record for Hail is now set.
I can not remember which city in SOuth Dakota, but they received hail 18" in diameter. They said it was "Soccer Ball" size hail.

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/07/30...-south-dakota/

We are from Minnesota and get hail once in a while, but never seen anything bigger than Softball Size hail.
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Whoa! Dude! Daryl, that is HUGE. OK, it doesn't scare us away (we already decided to bypass SD this trip....) but Those are some big ICE BALLS!!!!
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