South Dakota: Hot Springs

So, what’s out there anyway?

First, get ready to do a lot of driving.  South Dakota, in a lot of ways, is your typical midwestern state.  Big.  Driving an hour or two to the next thing becomes commonplace.  Denver is 6 hours south of Hot Springs, South Dakota.  Guess where we flew into?

After Denver International Airport, the next closest is Minneapolis-St. Paul (at 7 hours driving), and then it’s even further.  You get used to the long drives pretty quickly, and the scenery in the Black Hills isn’t your typical corn field, corn field, cows, more corn fields.

We spent the whole time in the Black Hills region of South Dakota.  The area is gorgeous, and it’s easy to fall in love with the rolling hills, covered in a blanket of dark spruce.  Though they aren’t technically black, this is where the area got its name.  Against the neverending grasslands to the east, and big sky country to the west, South Dakota is right behind Route 66 as far as classic roadtrips.


Ice Castles, Lincoln NH

Alright with all these posts about credit cards, travel hacking, and finance, I was itching to do some real traveling.  (I have a week long trip visiting some family coming up so you’ll see those posts soon!)  In the meantime, I had to tide myself over with something…so we went on a little day trip over President’s Day weekend!  Work’s been keeping me awfully busy, and I needed to get out of the daily grind for a bit.  The ultimate destination was Lincoln, New Hampshire, to check out the Ice Castles there.  Not a long journey by any means, but I was itching to go on an adventure, and wanted to update the blog about it.

A short update to match the short trip: