August 22, 2012
I woke up this morning feeling so much better than yesterday. Dragonfly really saved me, and the trip. After packing up and eating breakfast, we crossed Highway 34 and made our way towards the Fort Meade National Cemetery. The grass was so dry. We saw a big rattlesnake in the distance and stayed away.
When we took a break this morning, I took a picture of Prairie Dog–who is happy to be back in her home surroundings.
The hike through the Fort Meade Recreation Area gave us a great view of Bear Butte. Mid-afternoon found us at the Alkali Creek Trail Head. I had spent the summer of 1979 here with the Youth Conservation Corp–bring up lots of wonderful memories. There was some water flowing in Alkali Creek so we got more water. Leaving there it was so hot! Not far from the trail head we saw a cattle trough full of water–not good enough to drink, but it was wet. So we took our shirts off, soaked them in the water and put them back on. They were dry within 15 minutes! We crossed under Interstate 90 and headed into the Black Hills.
We finally make camp. After dinner some mountain biker go by and we ask them if they can spare some water, one guy gives us a liter. One of the guys went to school with my brother David and works at the same Bentonite Plant that my dad used to work at-small world.
I am feeling stonger and know that the hike will be a success–if we can get enough water.