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Fall Camping in the Black Hills

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The dog days of summer have given way to cool, sunny days and crisp, clear nights. Gone for the year are the hot temperatures and extended hours of daylight. We welcome autumn with its splendid colors and rustling leaves.

While many people associate camping with summer, and would not dream of an all camping adventure, there are many reasons to hold off on putting away camping supplies for a few more weeks. The autumn season is the perfect time to cuddle up in a sleeping bag and tell spooky stories around a campfire.

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Keep the Bugs Away while Camping

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Camping should be a lot of fun and, although you can take measures to minimize the risk of encountering flies, wasps, mosquitoes, ants and other creepy crawlies, it would be silly to think that you can spend your time in the great outdoors without ever coming into contact with any of these creatures - it is, after all, their home that you are visiting. You are the guest, they are the resident.

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Your Black Hills Backpacking Trip

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When you think of becoming one with nature, do you ever want to put all of your needs into a backpack and head out into the forest? If this has crossed your mind, read on for some simple backpacking tips that will keep your adventure fun and exciting, not scary and frustrating.

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Simple Tips to Avoid Tent Camping Disaters

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Some people associate camping with bugs, dirt and boredom. Your camping trip doesn't have to be a disaster. Proper planning allows you to have fun and enjoy abounding nature while camping. You can even repel insects if you plan appropriately. Read on to learn what it takes to plan a great trip.

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The Center of Your Black Hills Adventure

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If you've found your way to Crooked Creek Resort located just outside of Hill City, South Dakota, you will be excited to know that the Black Hills National Forest is just in your backyard. With perfect placement in the center of the Black Hills, this distinct range occupies the far western portion of South Dakota, and extends slightly over the Wyoming boarder. Deriving their name from the ponderosa pine trees that blanket the mountains, the Black Hills are so called because from a distance, the hills appear very dark in color.

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Rattlesnakes in the Black Hills - Be Aware!

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The weather is finally getting warm as we approach the summer solstice. Birds are busy making nests, deer are shedding velvet from their antlers, and snakes are sunning on rocks and trails - including rattlesnakes. Which raises the question: what should I do if I come across rattlesnakes in the Black Hills?

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Save money on your camping trip

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What better way to do family bonding than loading up some gear and going on a camping trip? The summer season is upon us, and many families will be doing just that. Communing with nature and hiking around enjoying some family time. Camping is an economical alternative to staying at a hotel. However, it is easy to spend quite a bit of money in preparation. Check out these tips to save money on your next camping adventure.

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What to do if it's raining and you are staying at a Black Hills campground

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You have been planning your vacation for months. As you pull into the Black Hills campground that you intend to call home for the next few days, the sky darkens as clouds block the warm rays of the sun. Just as you finish pitching your tent, the breeze becomes cool and you feel tiny drops of water begin to land on your face. It's raining. You are camping. Now what?

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Mid West Getaway for Wine Lovers

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If you live in the mid west and enjoy wine, you do not have to go to Napa Valley in California or head to the Italian countryside to savor the flavors, bodies, and aromas of on-location red, white and blush wines. Luckily, western South Dakota is home to several unique wineries, all located in close proximity to one another in the central region of the Black Hills. If a romantic mid west getaway full of locally-grown fruits and grapes is what you are seeking, look no farther than the Central Black Hills.

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Hiking In the Black Hills

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Custer State Park is considered a gem of South Dakota as a sea of prairie grasslands overlap with granite spires among thick thickets of ponderosa pine trees. This land is a hiker's paradise. Freshwater streams, wildlife viewing, and a variety of trails offer hiking opportunities that please everyone from the expert outdoorsman to the beginner with ambitions.

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Hill City offers many outdoor adventures, including the famous Mickelson Trail

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Hill City is a small town in the heart of the Black Hills. It is easy to imagine the streets lined with cowboys and miners in search of gold. Upon leaving the town limits, the natural beauty of the ponderosa pine covered Black Hills dominates the landscape. You may experience the sights and smells fully by surrounding yourself with nature on the Mickelson Trail.

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Consider a Black Hills wedding at Crooked Creek Resort

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During the spring and summer seasons, weddings are in full bloom at Crooked Creek Resort. The Black Hills vacation destination offers unique and picturesque venues for saying "I do."

Nestled just outside of Hill City in the center of the Black Hills, Crooked Creek offers stunning views of the lusPonderosa pines and a babbling brook runs right through the center of the property.

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RV Camping in the Black Hills

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A cross-country road trip is a dream shared by many. Each and every summer, the friendly folks in the Black Hills of western South Dakota have the privilege of meeting a hearty round of travelers making that dream happen! If an RV cross-country road trip graces the bullet items on your bucket list, maybe the summer of 2013 is the summer for accomplishing this dream.

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Planning a Family Reunion

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Mount Rushmore vacation resort manager shares tips for a fun family vacation.

As the holidays tend to draw close families together, distant relatives often miss the opportunity to reunite. Having a family reunion allows adequate time for gathering relatives far away, an idea that may seem out ofeach. Although the process of planning a family reunion may appear overwhelming, Michele Olson, General Manager at Crooked Creek Resort, a popular Black Hills family vacation resort, offers these simple tips for planning a family vacation.

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Camping with small children or planning a family camping vacation

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In the current days of video games, iPads and internet, many kids do not get the experience of camping in the outdoors without these coveted luxuries. Plan your family camping vacation in the Black Hills and leave technology behind. Get back to basics and consider camping in a tent or even renting a camper or RV. The Black Hills of South Dakota offer spectacular views and lots of activities for all ages. Here are some tips on planning your vacation with kids to get the most out of your experience.

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Planning a church retreat

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Planning a church retreat can be an overwhelming task to consider. In order to keep everything in perspective, break down each component of the event. It is a good idea to form a committee and assign individuals to each task. Identify the basic steps and factors that you need to consider for planning your church retreat:

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Tent Camping in the Black Hills

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Tent camping can be a rewarding and exciting experience that creates memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you are going for a weekend or a week, be sure to be prepared for many different variables that can affect your trip.

Depending on where you choose to camp, you can be flexible. As a

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