After we left Mt. Rushmore we kept on the road through the park, each time we came to a roadblock we would turn another way and go as far as we could before being stopped. Eventually we got lost and saw absolutely no one for hours, no roadblocks, no other cars, just us in the wilderness and all it's glory. I'll let the photos tell the rest of the story;
the bison was casually walking down the street as we came around a corner, we stopped, he didn't and walked right into our car before passing mere inches on the driver's side. We saw wild turkeys, deer, antelope, and more bison. It was an amazing spectacle of nature. They were not afraid of us at all although we did not get out of the car or open the windows. Simply beautiful and something we would not have seen if we had stayed our course. The fall flora was not as colourful as I had imagined but the plains were beautiful.
As dusk fell we came across an intersection that looked like it might be a major through way. We finally made our way back to town, hit the last restaurant open (ten minutes before closing a 8pm) and back to our hotel. It was a long day and we were anxious to shower and get organized for the next day. I quickly showered and within ten minutes of finishing up the t.v. went out. We could hear the winds picking up and knew that the temps had been dropping. Within the next few minutes the power went out. We expected there would be some back-up power with some lights coming on but it didn't happen. It was dark, darker than dark, and cold so we crawled into bed and waited for morning.