Posts authored by ‘Robin EH. Bagley’

In the Winter, Make Tracks In the Winter, Make Tracks By | Jan 11th, 2015 | Category: Discoveries (WordPress), Outdoor Recreation   One of my favorite winter activities is spotting animal tracks in the snow. Wildlife can be shy, so in the warmer months, we may think they’re not around. A blanket of snow can show us just how many animals are living throughout the Black Hills. While mice may not our favorite animals, their miniature […]
Harney Peak – Sneak Attack! Harney Peak – Sneak Attack! By | Sep 4th, 2014 | Category: Outdoor Recreation Want to hike Harney Peak but want less company? Sneak up on it! The most popular trailhead for Harney Peak is at Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park, but while its beautiful views are appealing, it can be a busy place during the warmer months. You can still hike to the 7,242-foot peak but skip […]
Looking for Adventure? Hit Trail 89 Looking for Adventure? Hit Trail 89 By | Aug 24th, 2014 | Category: Arts and Culture If you’re in the mood for more than a dayhike, and you’d like to dodge the crowds, you should consider heading down (or up) Trail 89, the Centennial Trail, which runs the length of the Black Hills. Stretching from Bear Butte State Park near Sturgis all the way to Wind Cave National Park near Hot […]
Dip Your Paddle in the Southern Hills Dip Your Paddle in the Southern Hills By | Aug 2nd, 2014 | Category: Outdoor Recreation By no means am I a pro-kayaker; I have never run rapids, rafted the Colorado or paddled with whales along the Alaskan coast. My kayak even lacks a cup holder – I know, positively medieval. However, I do enjoy paddling the quiet lakes of the Southern Black Hills. I have no tips on Pactola or […]
Band on the Run! Band on the Run! By | Jul 26th, 2014 | Category: Outdoor Recreation We’ve all seen that iconic plains animal, the American Bison, in Custer State Park. They loaf, wallow, saunter, and thunder around the park like they own the joint. Perhaps they do; I don’t want to argue with a buffalo. Yes, I’m using the vernacular; if you’re from South Dakota, they’re buffalo. Anyway, my point is […]
Ditch the Crowds in Sunday Gulch Ditch the Crowds in Sunday Gulch By | Jul 6th, 2014 | Category: Outdoor Recreation Escape the crowds on the Harney Peak trail system by taking a less-traveled route, Sunday Gulch Trail. Even though the trailhead is at Sylvan Lake, which is a popular starting point for the Harney trails, this one is often overlooked, giving you a quieter hike. Simply follow the trail around Sylvan Lake to the trailhead, […]
Up Close and Personal with the Needles Up Close and Personal with the Needles By | Jun 6th, 2014 | Category: Outdoor Recreation   For an intimate view of the spires along the Needles Highway, there is no better route than the Cathedral Spires Trail in Custer State Park. Rather than a more distant all-encompassing view of the granite formations, this trail leads you about the bases of them. Glancing upward at these giants gives you a much […]
Take in a Film Festival – Lunafest Take in a Film Festival – Lunafest By | Apr 8th, 2014 | Category: Events Films by, for, and about women… If you’re a film buff, then Custer is the place to be this Saturday, April 12 at Custer High School. The Zonta Club of the Southern Black Hills is once again hosting the Lunafest Film Festival, which features nine short films which vary from documentaries and drama to comedy. […]
Black Hills Burger & Bun: Home of the Hot Granny Black Hills Burger & Bun: Home of the Hot Granny By | Mar 23rd, 2014 | Category: Food and Dining Craving a burger? Then head to Custer’s Black Hills Burger & Bun… This gem of a burger joint is run by a family who’s very serious about their food. Claude and Christie Smith opened the restaurant in August 2012 after spending over 20 years in the grocery business. “We had always joked around about opening […]
Bitter Esters Brewhouse Bitter Esters Brewhouse By | Mar 16th, 2014 | Category: Discoveries (WordPress), Food and Dining At new Black Hills brewery it’s okay to be a little bitter…Bitter Esters, that is. If you like great beer, homemade food and a convivial atmosphere (and who doesn’t?), then head to Bitter Esters Brewhouse in Custer.  Open since May 2012, this gem of a microbrewery makes its home in a renovated historic building on […]