Piedmont

Petrified Forest Photos

Petrified Forest, Piedmont, SD

Photos From the Petrified Forest of the Black Hills

When I first arrived at the campground in Piedmont, SD I noticed there was a sign for a petrified forest that seemed to be located somewhere on the grounds that our cabin was located. After spending the day in Spearfish Canyon, Deadwood and the motocross races we decided to spend a little time back at the cabin. I spoke with one of the girls that worked there and she told me that the petrified forest was just over the hill that was behind the cabin. We decided to go check it out.

I have been to a few petrified forests over the years, and most of them have been quite unimpressive. This was was an exception to the rule. There were complete trees laying around. If you looked or touched them without knowing what you were looking at, they would probably appear as nothing more than rocks. When you paid closer attention you could see that these were definitely trees that were over 120 million years old! That is pretty cool in my book. These photos are from the petrified forest as well as the surrounding valley. After checking out the forest we headed into town for a little dinner at the Sawtooth Saloon.

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Cheyenne, WY to Piedmont, SD

Photos from Wyoming and South Dakota

The Final Leg of the Ride to the Black Hills Rally

Thursday did not quite go as planned. I started off in Cheyenne, WY and should have been able to make it to Piedmont, SD (my destination) in five hours. Unfortunately, within minutes of leaving Cheyenne I knew there was something physically wrong with me as I had very little muscle control. Unfortunately, as I mentioned the other day, once you leave civilization in Wyoming you are pretty much committed to continuing on until you reach another big town. It just so happens that there were no other big towns coming up until I hit Rapid City, SD and I knew that was not going to happen in my present condition.

I ended up making it about 30 miles out of town before I decided to turn around and head to a hospital for a saline drip. I felt much better, and cooler, after doing that and continued on my way. This caused a four or five hour delay, so it was getting dark by the time I arrived in Piedmont. It was good to be there and to see my honey.

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