Westward HO Summer 2014 travel blog

This is a typical scene along Route 44. Lots of homes and...

Sun giving us a little glitter to start the day

The Black Hills are pretty rugged, but still enough dirt to grow...

This again was on Route 44. I think it is a Nash...

Route 44 goes to 385 and then splits into 85 and 14A....

Started our climb to about 5000 feet. Just a great day to...

Walked a little piece to get this picture. I was attracted by...

Flowers like these hills also

This is the same stream as before just a higher elevation and...

Up and Down and Around goes the road. Easy drive. This road...

Mountains like this surround both sides of the road, but not up...

My hiking friends would love this area. There are several trail heads...

The Stream is a little wider and a little noisier here. Sounds...

There is a walking path along this stream. Nice Touch

If I was a fish, I would homestead this area. Fast Water,...

Time to sit down and think awhile

Bandit likes to get out of the truck also. His back left...

Nice view on the Spearfish Road. Notice the Harleys

The Black Hills on both sides. Nice drive and maybe you think...

What else could you ask for

All you hikers. There is a trail head near here.

Bridal Veil Falls. There is a big pull out here and plenty...

The mountains sure can supply a lot of water

Hard to believe this fast moving water can freeze

Bridal Veil Falls information sign

The Canyon Road follows this stream all the way to Spearfish.

The Wall to Wall Blue Skies were nice

Almost to Spearfish and the valley. Hills are getting smaller.


On Saturday, I got up very early and it was very foggy here in SD. So I decided to take that time and scubbed floors, vacuum carpets, and dusted cabinets and got the dog dryer out and groomed Bandit. Dog Dryer works great. Blows out loose hair and you would not believe how much dirt a dog has on its body. Almost like a dust storm. With all that done, and the fog had lifted, so we headed for the Black Hills.

Left here on Route 44 until it dead ended into Route 385. Heading toward Deadwood 385 gets you to the Spearfish Canyon Cutoff. This is the first time I had taken it from the south end. Normally I go to Spearfish City first and then drive down to 385. Lots to see on this road and as most roads are a lot of fun to drive. The drive hovers around 5000 feet the whole time, and most of the scenic drive is in the bottom of the canyon. Mountains on both sides, but far enough off the road, that you can see all the scenery this drive offers.

There was a lot of traffic on Spearfish drive today. 90% were motorcycles enjoying the ride as much as I was. Speed limits are a high of 35 and many turns are 25-30 mph.

Hope you enjoy the links and pictures.

Click HERE for professional photos of the Spearfish Scenic Highway. This link also has a map of the Spearfish Canyon Drive

Click HERE for the Black Hills Website

Click HERE for the Rapid City Spearfish Website

Click HERE for the Trip Advisor Website

Click HERE for the Wikipedia Website on Spearfish Canyon

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Have a great week



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