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Jun 1, 2019 - Crazy Horse Monument 10k Walk

Down the road from MT Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument is being carved into the side of another mountain in the Black Hills. We were here 30 years ago and the head had the eye sockets started and a little of the nose. Now only the face, not the whole head is carved. It will be several human lifetimes to complete this project. Three days a year, the public is allowed to hike to the point of the carving where the top of the future out stretched arm will be. Two day in June and one day in September. We happened to be there for the June 1 hike....

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May 31, 2019 - Custer State Park

Custer State Park, named after Lt.Colonel George Armstrong Custer, encompasses over 71,000 acres of hilly terrain and is home to over 1500 bison, elk, coyotes, mule deer, white tailed deer, mountain goats, prairie dogs, bighorn sheep, river otters, pronghorn, cougars, and feral burros. Two of the major loop roads are Needles Highway and the Wildlife Loop. The attached photos are from these two roads. We spent a day driving through the park seeing some bison, white tailed deer, pronghorn, and burros. Also spotted a bald eagle. It was a...

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May 29, 2019 - Naked Winery

As mentioned previously we belong to an RV group called Harvest Hosts. Member wineries, farms, ranches and golf courses allow member RVers to stay a night, or in some cases more, for free. Naked Winery in Hill City, SD is one of those member wineries. They had a small parking lot and put us at the end right next to a creek that had already overflowed its banks which had receded a bit but was still raging by. Some of the wineries equipment was still underwater. Sue was very nervous and had a dream that night about it actually flooding our...

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Sep 2, 2018 - Mount Rushmore

Staying at the Rafter J Ranch Campground for a couple nights. We have been here previously and posted pictures on our prior stays. This time, we were just relaxing, didn't even get out of the campground to go to the Mount Rushmore NP. There, however, was a fellow camper next to us with the same model motorhome as ours. We found out that he was a rancher who lived here in South Dakota. He was pulling a trailer that contained a 1962 Corvette in showcar condition. He said that he work on the car for over five years to get it into show condition.

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Oct 1, 2017 - The Needles Highway

. The day after the buffalo roundup, Hazel and I drove to Hill City, about 20 miles away, to have lunch at the Bumpin Buffalo Saloon, and go to the Prairie Berry Winery. We'd seen a number of their billboards on the highway promoting their "Red Ass Rhubarb Wine" on our trip, and figured a wine with a name like that must be good. . Parking on the main street, we joined the other tourists on the sidewalk, the place was jumping, with gift shops, cafes, and saloons, all doing a good business on the last day of September. Temperature in the 70's...

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Aug 28, 2017 - Day 4 by Barb

Relaxing day riding a very slow 1880 steam locomotive to Keystone SD Saw lots of deer and rock formations but thought we might see more interesting sites. Visited a historical school house that had items of Laura ingalls wilder sister Carrie. School opened in 1905 with 150 students and closed in 1988 with 8 students. Tasty lunch at Grisly's. Sue and Barb checked out local shops on our return to Hill City. Lewis and Clark were exploring you guessed it sipping at Bumpin Buffaloes rooftop and finished up at the Mangy Moose. Loved hanging...

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Going West 2017

Aug 27, 2017 - Day 3 8/27/17 by Sue

Another wonderful day on our western adventure. We started out at the Crazy Horse Memorial, which is a work in progress, begun in 1942. I think they may be a little too ambitious on this project. They have his face done, but need to complete his arm and the horse he's riding. From there we went to Custer State Park hoping to see some wildlife. We began with lunch on the terrace at the Blue Bell Inn. Since we are on an adventure, we thought we'd be adventurous, so we shared an appetizer of rabbit and rattlesnake sausage. Very good. Then on...

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Going West 2017

Aug 26, 2017 - Day # 2 by Steve (a very full day)

Our journey today took us from Sioux Falls to Hill City (all the way across South Dakato). It didn't take us long to see that Sue also enjoys a 80 MPH speed limit. Stops in between included Mitchell, S D (Corn Palace - also a high school gym)). Here we learned that Jim (aka Clark) has never eaten a corn dog. A stop at a rest area near Big Mo (Missouri River), we found where Lewis and Clark (this writer is aka Lewis) stopped and dried out their supplies. A beautiful metal sculpture of an Indian woman (named Dignity) overlooked Big Mo. A 26...

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Going West 2017

Sep 13, 2016 - Dem bones

Hill City, SD We headed north through Oglala National Grasslands and followed a gravel road for miles. It was totally treeless and quite pretty. Our destination was Agate Fossil Beds National Monument. Many animals died here after getting stuck in the mud at a water hole 21-19 million years ago. Bones found here are from an entire herd of two-horned rhinoceros. There are also bones of Moropus (7' at the shoulders with a horselike head), and a pig-like creature with bone-crushing teeth called Dinohyus. It is surmised that during a drought,...

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Up in Door

Sep 20, 2015 - Sept 20, 2015 - Twenty Eighth Stop - Hill City, SD

It was a fairly short drive today so after we set up we went to three wine tastings. Stocked up on some local wines. We had been to all three places several times before. Tomorrow we will go to Custer to go through the Wild Life Loop. Hopefully, we will se buffalo although we were told that it was time for the roundup and culling of the herd so we may not see too many. We will see plenty of Prairie Dogs and the donkeys. September 21, 2015 - Our trip today was to the Custer Wild Life Loop. This is the same place that in 2004 when we were...

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Jun 6, 2015 - Back Home!

June 1 Its time to head “home”. We traveled Route 20 west from Valentine for about 140 miles to Chadron before turning north on 385 for 101 miles to Hill City, SD. We had clear blue skies, the roads were very good and traffic was light. Along the way we ran into a tractor parade. I don’t know what the occasion was but there were some 20 or so tractors, many adorned with the US flag. Nebraskans, as with residents of other Midwest states, are a patriotic lot. We saw some interesting farm equipment – common for out here. We hit the SD border...

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May 20, 2015 - Mt. Rushmore

Left Ogallala around 8:30. Making our way toward Mt. Rushmore today, about a 5 1/2 hr drive. Temp got to about 42 today but at least the sun was shining. There is not a lot to see in Nebraska but the grasslands are beautiful. Pics don't really do it justice. We were fascinated with the number of trains carrying coal so had to take several pics. The trains were so long carrying nothing but coal and we would see a new one every 5 min. Never did see where the coal was being mined. Got in to South Dakota around 2 and decided to check out Mt....

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