This week has been all about trying to find calm moments in the midst of chaos. This Friday night, as the week comes to a close, I’m feeling peaceful. Today I even escaped the office for a bit to take a drive on my lunch break. I went to this lake on the outskirts of town.


The mist was rising from the trees, making today feel like fall was here, even though its official start is nearly a month away.


It was a quick drive around the lake, but it made me wonder why I don’t do this more often. In fact, I have never taken this drive on my lunch break in more than three years living and working nearby. I think all the change in my life right now is reminding me to take time for things that matter: my family, my health, my sanity.


So tonight I am feeling calm and collected. I hope that feeling lasts when Monday morning rolls around. And if it doesn’t? There’s always a drive around the lake.


Hiking: Lover’s Leap Trail


Lover’s Leap is my favorite hiking trail in Custer State Park and for good reason. On my first time hiking it way back in March 2013, my husband proposed to me! So it will always hold a special place in my heart.


This past weekend my girl was spending some quality time with her grandparents so the hubby and I took advantage of the gorgeous weather to hike the trail.


The loop is about three miles long. The Game, Fish and Parks Department rates it one of the more difficult trails in Custer State Park, but what I love is you get the tough stuff done early and get to enjoy a fantastic view. More information about the trail can be found here.


Guess what you can hear way up here? Nothing. Pure peace.



The trail got its name because legend has it that two star-crossed lovers leaped to their deaths from this point centuries ago. So you could say it was the site of South Dakota’s very own Romeo and Juliet saga. Fortunately our own love story has been a little happier than that, but we still enjoy the beauty of the trail.



The hike is steep in parts, but is beautiful throughout. It usually takes us about an hour and half to complete, and that’s with stopping for at least 15 minutes at the top to enjoy the view. We are excited to share this trail with our daughter when she gets a bit older.

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Take a Hike: Little Devil’s Tower Trail

We have been enjoying the last few days of summer, and what better way to do that than by hiking in the Black Hills?


This past Saturday we hiked the Little Devil’s Tower Trail in Custer State Park.



More information about the trail can be found here. There are many steep areas. Not to sound like a total whiner, but I don’t think I could have lugged our daughter all the way up the trail. My husband is awesome.


We stopped at the clearing toward the top for a little break and to enjoy the view.




The girl was exhausted at the end. And so was I.