The Black Hills

Moonrise over the prairie

The next few stops after Devils Tower will all be in the mountains at the western edge of South Dakota known as the “Black Hills”. Before we begin our journey there, however, we spend another night in Wyoming, which at five nights is now the state we’ve spent the most time in on this trip.

For the night we stay in Newcastle, which gets its name from its richness in coal. Unlike virtually everything else in and around the Black Hills, Newcastle is actually a workers’ town, with an industry other than tourism. At the bar kind enough to serve us food at this hour, we witness a group of temporary workers, dining, drinking, and exchanging political ideas. At least one of them seems inclined to think that Schwarzenegger is more of an American than Obama, and should hence be allowed to run for president.


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