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Week 4: The Black Hills, South Dakota

#PHroadtrip Week 4: The Black Hills, SD | picklesnhoney.com
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Hiking to the top of Harney Peak was definitely a worthwhile experience. It was really impressive to see all of the climbers’ flags at the top (when a mountain climber summits a peak, they often leave a small flag).

Seeing buffalo in close proximity is the norm near where we stayed in Hot Springs, South Dakota. At one point, we stopped our car to let a herd cross the road and one came right up to the car to pass. They are HUGE, and apparently can be quite aggressive. With the exception of one instance where Aaron got a little too close for comfort (not smart!), we kept our distance and admired them from across grassy plains.

We had awesome AirBnB hosts who included us in their family bonfires, brought over freshly ground coffee, and were just generally welcoming and interesting people. They have three kids and we were particularly enamored with their four-year-old, who was equally enamored with Barley and Honey. Barley and Honey were very enamored with him as well.

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Maybe this is more of an “interesting” experience than a low. Our first day in Hot Springs at the local grocery store, an older woman stopped us as I was perusing frozen vegetables to ask if we were tourists. Two minutes into the conversation, after inviting her daughter over, she asked if she could pray for us. Thinking she meant to privately include us in her prayers, we politely agreed. She and her daughter then immediately launched into a very long, awkward prayer in the middle of the frozen aisle, culminating with her asking if either of us are Jewish.

The thunderstorms and rain continued most days, which meant the mosquitoes and bugs were thriving. It was so intense in certain areas that it was almost unbearable to be outside, even with bug spray.

Among the bugs were my absolute least favorite of all: moths. I’ve had an irrational fear of them since I was little—something about their furry bodies and especially their erratic flying—I’m shuddering just describing them. City life is good for me because I rarely have to be around moths…this trip is sort of the opposite of that moth-free existence. There was a tree next to the house we stayed at that we dubbed “The Moth Tree”. Have you ever seen those images of monarch butterflies’ migration where they literally cover every surface? Think close to that. Swarms and swarms of big, fat, brown moths (THE worst!), and inevitably a few would make it in the house and send me into a shrieking panic. I don’t know if it was the humidity or the stress, but I had my first eczema flare-up in a year and a half.

#PHroadtrip Week 4: The Black Hills, SD | picklesnhoney.com

peanut butter fudgsicles (sort of) / giant colorful saladssliced watermelon margarita popsicles

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  1. Rachel R. says

    I totally feel you on the moth thing – except for me, it’s not moths, it’s Japanese beetles. Similar erratic flight pattern, but they will pinch on to your clothes or hair – UGGGGGGHHHHH. Since becoming vegan, I try to respect all life – including bugs – I’ll even trap spiders that get in the house and take them outside – but I can’t do the beetles. YUCK!

    1. Amanda says

      The thought of bugs getting stuck in my hair freaks me out. When I was little, I remember pulling what I thought was a leaf out of my hair and it ended up being a bee that stung me!

      It’s so funny that you mention trying to respect all life because I’m the same with putting lady bugs and even flies back outside…but moths…I don’t care so long as they’re just AWAY from me. I did have a pretty big victory yesterday when we went hiking and it was moth and butterfly bonanza. There were so so many it forced me to get over it (minus a few freak outs). So maybe there’s hope for us. 😉

  2. Kait says

    I’m still haunted by a GIANT moth from a friend’s house from HIGH SCHOOL. Can’t make this shit up.

    Also, I look forward to these posts SO much. Seriously. Got home, did my numbers from tonight’s events, realized my CC was stolen, turned on my laptop while I called the bank, and then as soon as I was done went, “HUH ITS SATURDAY! NEW PHROADTRIP POST!!!!!!!!!!! and came hustlin’ over here. So now you truly know where you live on my priority list. 😉

    This am I also like-fested all over both your IG feeds. Please tell Aaron I’m easing him in by not liking everything all at once. Just most things..

    Can’t wait for them fudgsicles… 😉

    1. Amanda says

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one who isn’t a fan of moths! And your comments always make me feel warm and fuzzy. And laugh! I’m sorry your CC was stolen though. That’s really annoying. 🙁

      1. Kait says

        It sucks but I caught it quickly and Schwab is amazing with these situations. 🙂

  3. Jennifer says

    Camel crickets are the worst! Due to global warming they keep moving up New Jersey living in basements and garages. What makes them suck is that the jump TOWARDS YOU. And they somerimes bite. Really tests my compassion as a vegan.maybe I should I am vegan except camel crickets, I’ll step on those. XD

    Your weird freezer aisle encounter made me think of being Utah with my parents. My brother in law ran into a grocery storeto grab something while we stopped at another store in the shopping center. When we got back he said he saw the “weirdest sisters” who had matching french braids and long dresses. My Mom pointed out that he saw first sister wives sighting. Apparently there is a polygamist commumity and hour away. I spent a summer in Utah so I’ve seen a bunch of polygamists and it weird. Mostly because they remind me of the amish, but bad amish since they use cars and such.

    1. Amanda says

      I had to google camel crickets and rest assured, those would traumatize me too! WHY oh why do they jump towards people (and bite!)?! That’s awful. We had silverfish bugs in Hot Springs too, which we would sometimes get in our old 1st floor apartment in Boston. Not a fan. Even Honey cries when she sees them. 🙂

      Your story about the sister wives encounter cracked me up. I’ve not seen any polygamists in person, but we did see women we assumed to be Amish at the co-op in Cashton, WI. They weren’t buying anything, just browsing. It was confusing though because I thought they didn’t frequent stores…or maybe browsing is okay? I’m not sure.

      1. Jennifer says

        Can’t speak for the Amish, but I remember seeing Amish kids playing in the ballpit of McDonalds when I would visit relatives in Pennsylvania. Also, it seems that their technologies bans change from family to family, like I was watching a report about an Amish family that has a booth in Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, the kids had smarts phones! And the family allowed filming, which usually isn’t allowed. There are other crazy rules like Amish can’t have cars, but if someone OFFERS a ride, they can take it. The person could of been Mennonite. I am not a crazy religion buff, just had family near amish country, a friend who had a largely mennonite family, and parents in southern utah. XD

  4. Can we swap lives today? Great, thanks! 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      haha Sure, why not? 😉

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