There’s nothing like the throaty growl of a Harley-Davidson. It’s music to a biker’s ears…unless you’re working with it all day long. That’s why we ended up 20 minutes outside of Rapid City, South Dakota, for Mike’s first gig of the 2013/2014 season. As a tech for the demo fleet at Black Hills Harley-Davidson for the Sturgis Rally, Mike was spending his days surrounded by the sound of motorcycles, and he wanted his evenings to be a bit quieter.
The Heartland RV Park, in Hermosa, is a lovely, full-featured campground. In addition to the full-hookup pull-through spots, there are cabins and tent areas. Each RV spot and cabin has a picnic table and an in-ground grill. There’s a bath and laundry building in the center of the park. The bathrooms are clean and airy. We can’t speak to the showers because we didn’t use them, but they looked nice. The laundry room has a few washers and dryers. Washers cost $2 in quarters. Dryers are $1.50 per load. The pool is fenced in behind the office. We never used it while we were there, even though the weather was beautiful. It was always overrun with kids, which wasn’t the kind of relax-with-a-book experience we were looking for.
Our favorite part of the park was the horses that graze around the perimeter, separated by only a light barbed wire fence. They are generally pretty mellow, but occasionally, they get playful. It’s a delight to behold.
It was hard to walk Sadie when they were around because she was just sure she needed to bark them back to their stable. Then again, she does that with cars, people, and other dogs, too. So, walking her is frequently a challenge. Thank goodness for sturdy leashes!
If you want to tour the area and check out places like Keystone, Mount Rushmore, Hill City, Deadwood, Rapid City, or even Sturgis, Heartland is pretty centrally situated. If you need supplies, the park office has some things like bottled water, firewood, and sundries. The shelves were pretty bare while we were there, though. There’s a Conoco in walking distance, open from 5 a.m to 10 p.m. A mile or so away is a well-stocked Flying J that has a food counter. With a great pizza place and a two-screen drive-in theatre very close by, you can easily enjoy dinner and a movie without having to travel too far.
We liked Heartland a lot. But, when we come back next year to work, we’re probably going to stay at the KOA in Rapid to cut down on the commute time and gas expenses.