There are two things I've been wanting to do every summer for the last few years.
The first is camping. Hasn't happened yet.
The second is hiking up Bear Butte. We did that today.
A little history on Bear Butte, as told by Wikipedia.
(I could have summarized for you, but I'm not in the mood. So skim when you have time.)
Notable visitors like Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, and Sitting Bull made pilgrimages to the site. In 1857, a council of many Indian nations gathered at Bear Butte to discuss the growing presence of white settlers in the
Violating a treaty of 1868, George Armstrong Custer led an expedition to the
Ezra Bovee homesteaded on the southern slopes of the mountain, and by the time of World War II, he and his family were the legal owners of the site. In the spring of 1945, the
By the mid-1950s Ezra Bovee was attempting to stir up interest in making Bear Butte a national park. After his death, his family continued the effort. When federal interest in the project waned, the state government in
Frank Fools Crow, the Lakota ceremonial chief (d. 1989), made pilgrimages to Bear Butte throughout his lifetime. Fools Crow taught racial harmony not just between whites and Indians, but among all the peoples of the world. He believed the Lakota should never sell the
So it's not just some random hill we decided to climb. OK. History lesson is over.