We left Anaconda, MT headed to Spearfish, SD to spend a week and the Labor Day weekend in the beautiful Black Hills. While there, we had a chance to visit Deadwood, Sturgis, and Belle Fourche.
Deadwood is a historic cowboy town where Wild Bill Hickok was murdered and is buried as well as Calamity Jane. Sturgis is home to one of the country’s largest motorcycle rallies each year with more than 100,000 people attending. Belle Fourche is a small town about 20 miles south of the geographic center of the US (including Alaska and Hawaii) and commemorates that with a pretty little plaza.
We also visited Devil’s Tower, the first national monument established in 1906. You can start to see this giant monolith from 5+ miles away. Geologists say that it’s made of molten rock forced to the earth’s surface about 50 million years ago, although it is likely that erosion uncovered the rock formation only 1-2 million years ago. There is a prairie dog town located in the area surrounding the monument. These little critters are cute – too bad they are such a pest to ranchers and farmers.
After Spearfish, we headed to Alabama for the winter. It has been quite a summer - we visited 10 states and 30 National Parks and Monuments, not to mention tons of local and private sites and museums.
It’s now time to relax a bit and take some time to give the coach a good cleaning inside and out. But don't fret - Stephanie is working on next year’s trip already!