Living Our Road Trip Dream! travel blog

We've been in Spearfish, SD for a couple of days now. Really a neat little town. Took time to get some laundry & dry cleaning done, pictures developed, grocery shopping, etc. Took a beautiful drive yesterday afternoon up Spearfish Canyon -- another WOW place. Their most famous waterfall was disappointing, but found a neat resort tucked into the hills - Spearfish Canyon Resort - had a delicious lunch there, although there are many nice places to picnic. The road continues to Lead (oldest continuous operation gold mine in the western hemisphere), Deadwood, and on to Sturgis. Three more neat little towns. Deadwood is the most idyllic, but it has been ruined by too many tourists, and too many gambling halls. Great setting, neat old buildings, cowboys shooting it up in the streets, and a general fun atmosphere. Saw the location where Wild Bill Hickox met his demise while playing cards (holding a pair of Aces, a pair of 8's, and a lone 9 -- now called the dead man's hand!), and also paid our respects at his grave site, next to Calamity Jane (her dying wish was to be buried alongside Wild Bill). We wanted to take a look at Sturgis before the Harleys ride into town on the 7th of August. Expecting up to a half a million bikers that week -- we wanted to be no where near here by then!

I finally got my bouquet of wild flowers! Spearfish canyon had lots of great choices, and I am now enjoying a nice variety of purples and yellows.

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