Another South Dakota day…nice and warm sunny day here in the Black Hills. We were slow to move away from the campground, but when we did we had a great time. I had asked about a good location for us to go kayaking and they sent us to Sylvan Lake. Sylvan Lake is about 7 miles further up into the Black Hills in Custer State Park. Sylvan Lake is a small lake that had been developed by damming up a small opening between some large rocks. This allowed a stream to fill and keep filled this beautiful lake. Fishing is very good and kayaking was excellent. We spent about 2 hours in the water, and then headed down the “Needles Highway”. The Needles Highway starts at the far end of Sylvan Lake and continues down the mountain for 14 miles. The road is something that we have never traveled before. The “Needles” are large rock formations that sprout directly out of every crevice of un-used land on the mountain. Some spring as far up as 200 feet. We had to circulate through very narrow roadways that wound us up like a top. During the 14 miles we drove through at least 8 to 9 tunnels that were cut out of the stone, and were just wide and tall enough for a standard sized car to go through one at a time. All this was traveled at a 7 to 10 degree decent. Our drive from the campground and through the sweeping circle took us about 5 hours including a stop in Custer. We were both hungry and wanted to try out this restaurant that I had seen a couple of days ago…”The Purple House of Pie and Ice Cream”….