Wildlife

The Black Hills of South Dakota

The Black Hills includes everything you’ve read so far, and because there’s so much there, I wanted to break it up into a few separate posts.  There is simply no way to explain everything in one.  For a place you might never have heard of, there sure is a lot to do!

Although our recent trip doesn’t quite match this post, I thought it might be fun to condense things into a shorter adventurer.  Some of the things in this post we did on the trip, and other items we didn’t have time for.

Let’s say you have 4 days (3 nights), and you fly into Rapid City.  Well, what should you do?

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South Dakota: Custer

We were in South Dakota for 8 days (including travel).  It’s refreshing to stay a bit longer in one place, after fast trips this year to Austin, Baltimore, and Costa Rica.  I’d say a week for one area is fine, any less than that and it’s tough to not feel cramped.  Of course, if you have longer than a week to explore an interesting place, you should absolutely go for it!

We spent a decent chunk of our time in Custer.  Whether we stopped for a quick breakfast on the way to the lake, or drove through Custer State Park looking for the bison herds, it’s a town you’ll want to put on your South Dakota list too.

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Mexico: Cancun

It was time to move onto the next phase of our trip:  from hiking through ruins and swimming in ancient cenotes, to relaxing on the beaches of Cancun.  Normally, I’m a very busy traveler.

Can’t stop, won’t stop, right?

However, we planned the last few nights at the Westin in Cancun’s hotel zone to take advantage of the resort scene, even if it’s not my usual cup of tea.  Plus, I had all those SPG points to burn anyway.  I have to say, my son and girlfriend liked being pampered for a bit, even though I was completely out of my league.  And the Westin isn’t even top-notch, compared to some of the spots around here…

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Mexico: Akumal

A trip to the Riviera Maya wouldn’t be complete without stopping by the little beachside town of Akumal.  Travelers make their way to Akumal for those very same beaches, not to mention the turtles.  I’m happy to report that we weren’t disappointed with either.

Akumal is about a  30 minute ride north of Tulum on highway 307.  The entrance on the south side of 307 leads you straight down to Akumal Bay.   Akumal is really made up of three parts:  Akumal Bay, Half Moon Bay, and the Akumal Pueblo.

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