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Jun 23, 2008 - Bad Lands

We arrived in the Bad Lands National Park about 7 p.m. and were totally swept away by the landscape that greeted us. Pictures cannot capture the awe inspiring beauty of this area. We were fortunate to find a camp site in Cedar Pass Campground, which is part of the National Park system. The campground is right in the Bad Lands park. With our recently acquired "America The Beautiful" lifetime seniors pass the rate was only $5. a night. (Don't leave home without one) Up early Tuesday a.m. (they recommend early a.m. or evening because of the...

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Jun 14, 2008 - Deadwood, SD

Took a trolley to downtown to scope the place out. Deadwood (Pop. 1400) is surrounded by Hotels and RV parks so the trolleys are a great idea since parking is really limited. For those of you that have seen the HBO series "DEADWOOD" it is interesting to note the show did a great deal of research here. The Main Street of today is filled with Buildings from the late 1800s and very early 1900s. The Bella Union and The Gem saloons/gambling halls and hotels were just recently phased out. Every hotel here now has renovated their first floor to...

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Oct 13, 2007 - Scottie's Visit

After a solid month with the boys Dans mate, Scottie, opted for some quiet time in Gillette. Unfortunately both Dan and Em were flat out at work for most of the week, so it was far from action backed. We did manage to get a few of our local friends over for a few beers (and Captain Morgans...) on Friday night. Saturday we headed to the Deadwood, and after a hit of golf did the Deadwood Casino Crawl. Sunday we had had a great drive through the Black Hills, returning to one of our favourite spots, Sylvan Lake. Dan pulled out the fly rod to...

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Sep 11, 2007 - A full day of sightseeing

Ken came down with a cold so we have been 'homebound' for the last several days. ( it could also have been a ploy on his part to stay in the coach and watch football all weekend - I'd like to think I am smarter than that but maybe not! ) He finally felt well enough to head out and do some sightseeing ( no football today either....see why I'm thinking I was played!!) First stop for today It seemed only appropriate that we make our first stop at the National Cemetery located just off of highway 90 outside of Sturgis. For those of you...

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Sep 5, 2007 - Spearfish, South Dakota

It may surprise most of you to know that Ken & I don't fish, yet we really enjoy visiting fish hatcheries. So, today we headed out to the DC Booth Historic Fish Hatchery in Spearfish. This hatchery was established in 1896 and is one of the oldest in the West. Not only does it contain the fish hatchery and ponds but it also has a replica of a fish transport rail car . At one time the Bureau of Fisheries ran 13 of these cars, crossing the country and releasing fish into as many waterways as possible. The grounds also contain a museum, the...

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Aug 1, 2007 - Magnificent Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse

Mt Rushmore Tue 31st Today we drive to North Dakota. It's about an hour's drive. We are a few miles inside the state, when we stop for a picnic lunch in a field, turn around and head south again! We have a deadline to meet and there is nothing of great interest to us in ND so it's a fleeting visit. So its back to South Dakota and the small town of Deadwood. There is an International Motor Bike Rally based in the town of Sturgis, nearby. For the last few days everywhere has been swarming with bikers. We choose to stay in a small, inexpensive...

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Toughs Travels

Jul 20, 2007 - Sheridan to Sturgis, SD

We left Sheridan without getting to check out the town at all. I feel bad about it because it looked like a place we would have really enjoyed. It was just too hot to do anything. By the time we stopped, it was 100 degrees and all we wanted to do was get inside to our air conditioned house. It is also very tiring driving over those mountain roads. You really have to keep your eyes on the road at all times. We went through so many different terrains between there and the South Dakota border. In fact I never realized just how many different...

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The Beginning

Jun 26, 2007 - The Black Hills from Sturgis, SD

We moved north up to Sturgis, SD - home of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Thank goodness it's not till August, since the population of the area doubles during the festivities. We took a drive up to Deadwood, where Wild Bill Hickock met his demise. He was shot in the back during a poker game (holding aces & eights) by a disgruntled card player. The killer was first acquitted in a 'trial' of locals, but later found guilty by a real court and hung. Wild Bill was a contempory of Calamity Jane, and rumor had it they were an 'item', but in truth,...

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Jun 1, 2006 - More awesome South Dakota

Before leaving Wall SD, we went to the Wounded Knee Museum--very powerful. Then we continued westward, passing through Rapid City SD, stopping in Keystone SD for a tour of the Borglum Museum, honoring the man who designed/created Mt. Rushmore. We got to Mt. Rushmore about noon and explored, admired and photographed the site. Personal observation from BarbL: the manmade beauty of Mt. Rushmore pales in comparison to the natural beauty of SD. We passed on visiting the Crazy Horse monument because we are too cheap to pay the $20 to view an...

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Jul 15, 2002 - Spearfish, SD

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...

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