It’s not too often the weather man gets it right. The forecast in Hot Springs called for rain, rain, and more rain, until Saturday evening when everything would clear up. With an agenda full of outdoor activities, rain would have to do it’s worst to stop us from having an enjoyable weekend. Just as the weatherman said, it rained, and rained some more. But it was very pleasant. Not raining cats and dogs, but just a light sprinkle here and there. There was no wind beating down on us, and not a soul around.
Camping in Style
Cabin #5 would be our home away from home for the weekend. If you’ve never stayed in one of the parks’ camping cabins, it’s a must! Clean, comfortable, affordable and best of all, right on the water.
Sleeps four comfortably
- Very cozy
Speaking of the water, I did have a chance to break away for a little fishing. Fooled an 18″ walleye on the very first cast! Excited that this would be an amazing morning of fishing, I ran back to camp to get my camera. As luck, and the fishing gods, would have it, scenic photos of the lake were all I would be taking.
Rain, Rain Go Away...
Scenic and Serene
With my fishing fix taken care of, it was time to explore Hot Springs by Bike. Even in the rain, this was very enjoyable. Great bike trails, beautiful buildings and few people to dodge on the sidewalks.
A look back on the trail
Kidney Spring...Cleanse the body and soul
No trip to Hot Springs would be complete without traveling north and south of town for outdoor adventure. Just one mile north of town sits Coldbrook Reservoir, known for its scenic beauty, clear water and excellent fishing. Like the other lakes in the hills, it’s also great for paddling.
Coldbrook Reservoir, Hot Springs, S.D.
A short, and very scenic ten mile drive south of town on Highway 71 is where you’ll find Cascade Falls. This area offers scenic settings with natural flowing springs, picnic tables and restrooms. The cool waters below Cascade Falls are considered a great spot to land a smallmouth bass on occasion, but swimming in this inviting water is not permitted.
Cascade Falls, south of Hot Springs
A view from up top
As the clouds cleared, and the sun began to set on a great weekend in the Black Hills, I realized how lucky I am to call this place home, even if only for a weekend.
Sunset over Angostura