There are so many adventures from our travels over the past year that I feel like I haven't even been able to get to just because life moves so fast. One of them is the River Drift we did in Costa Rica right after ziplining near the Arenal volcano. Sky Adventures offers a combined package of zipline and tube rafting, and since I had visited their facilities during my 2014 Costa Rica trip, I thought it would be fun to expand our horizons.
A few weeks ago, my family and our best friend's family did a tag-team road trip to Mount Rushmore. Neither of us had ever been, and the area is a quick 5-6 hour drive from Denver. So we decided to pack as much as we could into a 3-day weekend... but as I started to research the Black Hills area of South Dakota, I realized there were many things we would not be able to fit in! I will describe where we went, and some alternatives/add-ons you may consider if you have more time. I definitely recommend planning at least the driving route fairly well because we lost cell service many times over the weekend - and, as always when driving in the west - be mindful of how full your gas tank is. [caption id="attachment_13118" align="alignnone" width="700"] My teenager. Hanging out with buffalo. As one does.[/caption] We pretty much did a loop, since we were coming in from the south. The map below shows our route, and while this seems like a huge amount of ground to cover, we did Hot Springs to Deadwood in one (long) day.