Around here, we call them Hills. But they're really mountains. As Badger Clark once said, "It is better to delight than disappoint."
And these Hills are delightful!
Every year in the late summer, our church takes a hike together in the Hills. Old, young, in-shape and out-of-shape - it doesn't matter. The goal isn't to see how far or how fast we can hike, but to spend time together in God's beautiful world.
This year we chose to hike a portion of the Centennial Trail, a 111 mile long trail stretching from Bear Butte, near Sturgis in the northern Hills, to Wind Cave National Park in the southern Hills, with trail heads scattered along its length.
The trail was established in 1989 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of South Dakota statehood.
We started at the Samelius Trail Head and went north. The trail starts out level, then quickly becomes gently rolling. As we got closer to the top of the ridge, it became steep and rocky.
But even the short-legged hikers among us were game to make it to this beautiful stopping place, about two miles along the trail.
All around us, signs of the coming autumn were abundant.
Will we miss summer? Of course! But autumn in the Black Hills is a joy all in itself.
But before fall arrives, we have more trails to conquer!
Until then, happy hiking!