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North America » United States » South Dakota June 15th 2013

No trip to SouthDakota is complete without a visit to the majestic sculptures on the Mountains. We visited Mt. Rushmore twice. Once during the day to see George and Abraham in the sunlight and then at night for the lighting. Each time was unique. But the evening was the most special. All active and former service men were invited on stage to introduce themselves and Troy was one of them. Here were young men and women currently serving their country, veterans of Korea and the Cold War and World War II vets, each with their own memories of their youth and service. I think it was particularly meaningful to Troy because just before we left on this trip he heard from a service buddy he had not seen since 1961. The marvel of Google helped reunite ... read more
Sally in front of Mount Rushmore

North America » United States » South Dakota June 13th 2013

Today found Troy and me returning to Custer Park for one more scenic by pass. This one through Needles. These magnificent spires seem to reach long fingers toward Heaven like the spires of early cathedrals. The hymns that emanated from them were bird songs and the wind blowing through the trees. We could have stayed there forever, but we drove on to less spiritual adventures, Deadwood, SD. Deadwood began as a mining town that attracted greedy miners, crooked gamblers, "soiled doves" and one Methodist minister. The town hasn't changed very much. Merely added numerous tee shirt shops and tacky gift stores. Lacking the glitz of Vegas and the boardwalk of Jersey it still manages to attract those willing to mindlessly drop coins into slot machines. Among those, the Knights. One dollar in the penny slots and ... read more

North America » United States » South Dakota June 13th 2013

After a restful day in Custer, Troy and I took off for the Badlands. Part of the fun was the drive through the ranch lands of South Dakota. Spring was at her best with purple flowers and baby animals everywhere. Perhaps the most fun were the frisky colts that would suddenly come to complete rest and lay down beside their mothers for a sunbath before beginning to frisk around again. Their mamas kept careful watch over them as Red tail hawks, cliff swallows, and red wing black birds flew over head. The road led us to Wall and the infamous or famous Wall Drug depending on your point of view. Filled with tacky souveniers and travelers it is a tribute to a young pharmacist and his wife who perserved through the Great Depression and went on ... read more

North America » United States » South Dakota June 12th 2013

Troy and I entered Custer State Park through a pine forrest. Roughly a quarter of a mile into the park two wooly buffalo or bison lumbered to the side of the road. Totally oblivious to us, they moysed along and then headed back into the pines. A quiet little doe was having breakfast on the other side of the road and barely lifted her head as we stopped to snap pictures. The road led us higher into the Black Hills and offered up vistas that only the hand of God could have made. Along with the majesty of the hills dainty primroses and buttercups dotted the paths. Wood ferns were tucked in between rocks and tiny yellow composites had put on their best dresses to please their spring time visitors. Hairpin curve after hairpin curve led ... read more
7 Band Ground Squirrel
Wild burrows

North America » United States » South Dakota » Custer June 9th 2013

We are leaving for a trip to the South Dakota tomorrow. We plan to see Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, Custer Battleground, Crazy Horse Mountain and everything else there is to see.... read more


Today we visited the Badlands National park and toured the 22 mile loop. The Badlands were formed by volcanic ash hundreds of millions of years ago. Erosion over the past 500 thousand years, caused the formations we see now. One section of the park has brilliant colors of gold and red. The badlands are made up of peaks, valleys, buttes, and wide prairies. We encountered a small herd of bighorn sheep on the slopes, and witnessed two head butting. We also noticed several sheep at the very top of a butte, looking down at us. We took about two hours to do the drive. We noticed birds which were very vocal. But there were very few trees for them to nest. On the way to the Minuteman Missile Site we noticed hundreds of birds with mud ... read more
Badlands Yellow Mounds Area
Six inch steel door 30 feet underground

Today we are traveling to Buffalo, Wy via Rt 16 East, Rt 90, then Rt 16 South Dakota to Mt. Rushmore. After reaching Buffalo, heading toward Rt. 90, we came upon Bighorn National Forest. What a wonderful surprise it was. We traveled the canyon floor, up the canyon walls, and across the rim of the canyon. All offering incredible scenery. At the top of the rim we went across a 10,000 foot mountain pass, descending into red rock country and to a small town of Tensleep. One of our pictures describes how the town was named, it makes sense after you read it. Traveling on I-90 is nice as we can travel 75 mph, but we elected to take scenic route 16 to head towards our next attraction-Crazy Horse. We entered the town of Custer on ... read more
Red rock in South Dakota
Description of how a neat little town in SD got its name
Business in Ten Sleep, SD

North America » United States » South Dakota » Mitchell March 8th 2013

On our way to Corn Palace, and about an hour after leaving the Deadwood area, we suddenly realized we were passing a “Dances with Wolves” film set – a fort on the side of the road. I can’t remember which one, and I’m not willing to watch the movie again, to find out. Maybe you’ll recognize it from the picture… (I didn’t love the movie – sorry! I am sorry for those of you who may have. If you really want to know why, I can tell you.) Anyway – we didn’t go look at the film set. I’m not a fan. Besides, I was really anxious to get to The Corn Palace, in Mitchell SD! I mean – how can that not be intriguing!? It is, after all, the World’s One and Only Corn P ... read more
Corn Palace
In progress
More Corn Palace

North America » United States » South Dakota » Deadwood March 6th 2013

Once upon a time, and as I have mentioned a few times throughout my previous blogs, we decided to go on a big long roadtrip – the furthest we’d ever driven one way! From Calgary to Halifax, Nova Scotia, but primarily through the United States. The problem with roadtrips is backtracking…in my opinion… The roadtrip is really fun and exciting the entire time, UNTIL it’s time to come home, and then I just want to be home. Instantly So, we decided to by a “disposable” car. It was 1984 Ford Marquis, purchased for $400. It was SO comfortable – it passed inspection – perfect! Our plan was to drive it one way, and, if it made it in a decent shape, donate it once we were ready to come home, and then fly home. It was ... read more
Daisy Deux looking on
Entering deadwood
Original tombstone

North America » United States » South Dakota » Sturgis December 18th 2012

We drove through the Home of World Famous Motorcycle Rally on a day that there was, not only not a Rally, but nothing going on at all. There wasn't even traffic. Since we don't have bikes, and we've only just passed through, and there was nothing going on that day, I'm going to hand the blog over to a guest writer for the day - an expert visitor of the Famous Sturgis! I feel that it'll be better represented by someone who's experienced Sturgis in all of its splendor. ........ Please give your attention to Corrine! Bike Week in Sturgis South Dakota, or as many say, "Mecca of Bike Rallies" is held every year the first full week of August ~ an event that was started by the Jackpine Gypsies in 1938 and registered as a ... read more
Corrine and Roger @ Mt. Rushmore
Roger and friends
Crowded streets

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