that day changed my life, i discovered a flat iron! { the hubby + i being our ridiculous selves. there is always laughter round these parts! }

that day changed my life, i discovered a flat iron! { the hubby + i being our ridiculous selves. there is always laughter round these parts! }

Hey, you! Christy here. I am just SO very glad you stopped by! There are at least a bazillion photos, adventures and projects for you to DIY - so grab a cupppa whatever your vice is, and stay a spell!

This Is What 16,000 Expertly Hand Cut Shingles Looks Like

This Is What 16,000 Expertly Hand Cut Shingles Looks Like

Chapel In The Hills | Rapid City, South Dakota | 2015 | © Christy Hydeck (click photo to see larger, it will open in a new window.)

Chapel In The Hills | Rapid City, South Dakota | 2015 | © Christy Hydeck
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Tucked away in Rapid city, South Dakota is a charming, tranquil space called The Chapel in The Hills. A replica of Borgund Stavkirke in Laerdal, Norway this chapel is maintained on donations, so there is no entrance fee to enjoy this remarkable place. 

Chapel In The Hills | Rapid City, South Dakota | 2015 | © Christy Hydeck (click photo to see larger, it will open in a new window.)

Chapel In The Hills | Rapid City, South Dakota | 2015 | © Christy Hydeck
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Around 16,000 hand cut shingles are expertly crafted on the impressive tiered roof and the hand carved entrance is said to depict the centuries old struggle of good and evil through the snake and dragon carvings. If memory serves, these were all carved by expert craftsmen in Norway and then shipped here. 

Chapel In The Hills | Rapid City, South Dakota | 2015 | © Christy Hydeck (click photo to see larger, it will open in a new window.)

Chapel In The Hills | Rapid City, South Dakota | 2015 | © Christy Hydeck
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The chapel is itself is breathtaking - and you will marvel in it’s beauty. But don’t overlook the authentic stabbur ( a grass-roofed norwegian storehouse) - it was built in Norway, shipped to the United States then assembled on site. (I totally want one in the backyard I will one day have!)

Chapel In The Hills | Rapid City, South Dakota | 2015 | © Christy Hydeck (click photo to see larger, it will open in a new window.)

Chapel In The Hills | Rapid City, South Dakota | 2015 | © Christy Hydeck
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The Chapel sits on 30 some mostly wooded acres. In addition to the Stabbur and chapel - there is also a quaint log cabin, a bell tower and a beautiful meditation trail. It’s a place I would visit frequently if I lived nearby - the solace was welcomed after a long day of travel.

More information on The Chapel in The Hills can be found at their site

You can see the rest of my photos from The Chapel in The Hills Here (and also buy temporarily inexpensive prints if you like!)

Always, 
Chrysti

Please note, my 2015 trip to South Dakota was a sponsored one by The South Dakota Tourism board. However, I wasn’t obligated to speak about it a year or so later - I do so out of pure love for the area. It’s incredibly diverse + beautiful and I look forward to the day I go back there!

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