|Mon, 03 Jun: Another windy day. Thinking back to our years in Minnesota we now remember how the wind can blow in the plains. This is the first time we've spent spring in the Badlands of western South Dakota and it is no different here. Blow, blow, blow.
The winds were not sufficient, however, to deter us from relocating from Box Elder to Sturgis. This epic 27 mile journey was accomplised almost entirely via Interstate 90 with some local roads at both ends. We departed Americas Mailbox at 0950 and arrived at Rush-No-More Campground east of Sturgis at 1025. We're not sure that the diesel ever got properly warmed.
We got settled into our assigned site and set up by 1100. We are at Rush-No-More to attend an FMCA Full Timers rally. We attended our first Full Timers rally in Wisconsin in 2011 and are looking forward to another enjoyable time. These are friendly folks and know how to have fun.
Wed, 05 Jun: We've been pretty busy here at the FMCA Full Timers rally. The weather has not been very nice, very windy and quite cool. The high temperatures have not made it out of the sixties and the lows in the forties. The forecasts call for warmer weather later in the week.
Yesterday (Tuesday, 04 Jun) we took a tour to Deadwood. Deadwood is a very unique community located about a dozen miles south of Sturgis. It is the only place in South Dakota where there is non-Indian gaming. It is also the place where Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane were killed and are buried.
The bus picked us up a bit after nine and the driver gave us a great tour of Deadwood and nearby Mt. Moriah, where the aforementioned historic characters are buried. We did get dropped off at a casino where we partook in their buffet. We got coupons good for $2 slot credit, and parlayed that into $4.25 in winnings. Yes, we quit while we were ahead!
The bus left at three and we were back at the campground in time for Happy Hour. Then dinner of burgers and pups.
Today started out with breakfast and then a business meeting (required by FMCA). The meeting was over in late morning and the balance of the day was free. We took advantage of the "down time" and caught up with our laundry.
Dinner was on our own and a large group opted to try the Elk Creek Steakhouse in nearby Piedmont. This is a highly-rated dining establishment, but we never had an opportunity to try it first hand. The service was absolutely horrible! We waited almost an hour and our order was never taken. We finally walked out in disgust and returned home to raid our freezer!
Thu, 06 Jun: Today marks the anniversary of D-Day; the Normandy Landing. We think of our visit to Omaha Beach a few years back. The term "The Greatest Generation" doesn't begin to do justice to those brave men.
Today's weather is absolutely gorgeous! The Borean Blasts of the past few days have abated and it is sunny and warmer. Shorts out of the closets and jackets back in. The forecasts are for temperatures in the eighties by next week.
This morning was games. We don't "do" (something about requiring skills and coordination) games. Tonite is the final dinner, steak. Following dinner the "Sheriff Speaks". Yes, there is a "sheriff" at this rally, who is a real character. Everyone is a "miscreant" here so we'll take a fistfull of quarters to bail ourselves out of the hoosegow.
Dinner was excellent; steak, veggies, spuds (we passed on the carbs), and cake! The "Sheriff" then had his say. Just about everyone got fined a quarter (or more) for infractions real or (mostly) imaginary. Sandi got fined because she "doesn't even know how to spell 'Sandy' correctly."
Door prizes and finally cake. A fun evening to cap a great day. The folks in the FMCA Full Timers group are very friendly and we enjoy spending time with them.
We're out of here tomorrow morning and will return to the Americas Mailbox Campground in Box Elder for a week or so.