Bill and Helen/ 2011 travel blog

Scenes along Spearfish Canyon

 

 

 

 

Downtown Deadwood

Beautiful man made lake on the road to Deadwood

 


Friday was one of our favorite days.. We started out early for a long day trip through the Spearfish Canyon… There are so many beautiful drives in the Black Hills but Spearfish has to be one of the best… We went north toward Deadwood and that is a beautiful drive by itself but just before you get to Deadwood you veer off to Leads… Leads is only about a mile up the road but when I say up, I mean UP… We wound our way UP and stopped at the visitor center… Actually we stopped at the bathrooms but found they were just outside the visitor center… We knew that Leads was a mining town but to our surprise, right out the back door of the center was one of the largest open pit mines we have seen in a long time.. Gold… Black Hills Gold.. Wow. We have driven through Leads many times but this is the first time we stopped and we were so glad we did.. Don’t just drive through if you get to the area.. It is really part of the old time gold rush days starring Wild Bill and Calamity Jane…. Not too far out of Leads you come to the intersections of Hwy 85 and 14a. a National Scenic Byway. You can get a self guided book for a mile by mile tour starting at the Cheyenne Crossing where the stage coaches used to stop on the way from Cheyenne to Spearfish… Cheyenne Crossing has a great restaurant, gift shop and history but I wrote about that when we stopped here for lunch four years ago… This time we continues on to the town of Savoy, not really a town but a neat area with a nice lodge on one side and a restaurant on the other.. If you turn left on the lodge side you can drive to a parking lot about a mile away and then take a short hike to Roughlock Falls… This is a great walk even on a hot day since you follow a creek thru lots of trees along the way.. The other side of the road has an awesome restaurant and a walking path to Spearfish Falls… We chose this place for our lunch and it was wonderful.. We had to send our compliments to the Chief… Everything not only tasted wonderful but it was plated so nice.. She must have taken lesson’s from the Iron Chef.. Why is it that something that looks so good on the plate tastes so much better?

Every year Spearfish has a Festival called Festival in the Park and during this time they have a Corvette Classic Celebration.. This year celebrates the 40th anniversary… This day was the start of the festival and since the 1000 or more Corvette’s didn’t need to appear until the next day they were playing tourist themselves and we saw so many of them along the highway and everywhere else.. It was quite a site but between all the Corvette’s and the early bikers here for the Sturgis rally it is sometimes hard to find parking places…

Hopefully, I will be able to find some of the pictures I took to show you this beautiful canyon… It is so frustrating to know that they are there and I can’t find them when it is time to add them to our journey…

We drove around Spearfish and found the Festival in the County Park but never did find a parking place so we headed for toward Deadwood instead… This is a town that we just have to return to each time we come here.. I must say though that the heat took it’s toll on us and with the temps near 100 it was hard to walk the streets of Deadwood… I managed to lose $20.00 in one of the casinos, found a tee shirt that I just had to have and stopped for a glass of wine at the bar before we left for a drink… It was Ladies Nite all day at this hotel and drinks were ½ price so my large glass of wine was $1.00.. Bill’s water was free.. This wine came from a box and I did not recognize the brand but the dollar was more then it was worth… I am not a snob and have had wine in a box many times.. In fact, I even buy it sometimes but this was awful.. The conversation at the bar was great though.. The bartender was a retired firefighter and had lots of stories to tell.. A young man came in and was on the verge of heat stroke.. Wow, that was scary… We all helped with advice while the bartender and manager/security were getting water into him and putting cold towels on top of his head.. I don’t think this kid (maybe 25 or so) even had any idea of what this heat can do to you.. It was nice to see him come back as the fluids started cooling down his body…

The return trip to Custer was again beautiful and we stopped at the beautiful Pactola Lake to take pictures of this man made rec area…

On the way back to our campsite we stopped off at another campground in Custer to meet some new MOC friends that we had only met on the MOC forum before.. There are several in the Black Hills now but getting together is not easy with so much we all want to see and do and so little time to see and do it…

It was late when we returned home, tired but happy tired and watch out our window as the deer came to visit us again… Can’t beat a day like this….

Later……………



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