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Aug 28, 2017 - Rapid City, SD

Monday dawned hot and clear (except for the smoke haze). Since the Jeep was still having trouble, Jeni loaded up her kids in her big beastmobile (read GMC Denali) and met us at Moorcroft, Wyo where we hitched the trailer to her vehicle and the Jeep could run free. We drove to the KOA near her house. Another nice park. As it turned out we ended up spending 10 days in Rapid City, to finally get the Jeep sorted out and running. Since Jeni and family were near by it was a great place to be. There were several highlights during the time. On Wed...

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Aug 9, 2017 - Rapid City SD

Wed, 09 Aug: Plan "B" springs into action—again! RVers, by nature, must be flexible to avoid madness. Things don't always go as planned, and if you must rigidly adhere to a predetermined Plan you'll become a rubber room candidate. Today was an excellent example of Plan "A" failing and Plan "B" working just fine. We left our campsite at Theodore Roosevelt National Park's Juniper Campground and drove a short distance to the dump station. After eight days our waste tanks were getting a tad full and our fresh water tank could use a...

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2017 Travels

May 29, 2017 - Rapid City - Ellsworth AFB Famcamp

May 29 Arrived in Rapid City the afternoon of Memorial Day. Meredith and Bill's daughter Jeni, husband Jeremy and kiddos Paxton (3) and Gabi (1 1/2) live there. Jeremy is a pilot of the B1B bomber for the USAF. We got settled in at the Ellsworth AFB FamCamp. Then over to Jeni's for a BBQ dinner. Tuesday morning started with a motorcycle ride into the Black Hill's for breakfast at the Sugar Shack. Jeremy just bought a new Harley Davidson Softtail Slim S motorcycle. He was also about to deploy to Germany for a month so it was an opportunity...

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May 20, 2017 - Rapid City and Mount Rushmore

. After lunch and some wandering around at Wall Drug, Hazel and I headed for Three Flags RV Park, about 100 miles away and just north of Rapid City. With our "Passport America" membership, five nights was half-price, about a hundred bucks, and they even threw in a cable TV box. . It was raining when we got to the camp, and it rained off and on for the first couple of days, allowing us to catch up on our sleep, reading, and 'way too many stories on cable tv news shows about the president and the Russians. By Tuesday, the weather was still...

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Jan 29, 2017 - Rapid City, South Dakota

We traveled another 525 miles today and made it to Rapid City, South Dakota. We drove up I-25 through Colorado Springs and Denver. We stopped for lunch and gas in Fort Collins, Colorado. There is a lot of snow on the high Rocky Mountain peaks but not much in the foothills. I-25 is just east of the foothills on the edge of the plains. There are only patches of snow there. Once we got north of the metropolitan areas, we were in ranch land. In addition to beef cattle, we saw pronghorns again and some mule deer. It was very windy today. There...

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Our 2017 Travels

Oct 1, 2016 - Bull Riding

I forgot to mention that we went to a Bull Riding Competition one evening. Quite an experience for a bunch of tenderfeet. We also spoke with some very nice folks who were exhibiting barrel racing saddles since there had been a barrel racing event earlier in the day. Who knew that there are different saddles for different events and the man and woman we spoke with were very patient with the questions we had about why the saddles are different and the technique for barrel racing. These folks could not have been nicer and asked us what the...

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Sep 28, 2016 - No Bull

2016-09-28 – No Bull As many of you know, we drove the 2500 miles from home here to South Dakota to attend the 51st Buffalo Roundup in Custer State Park. But, old age and old eyes got the best of me and instead of getting up at 3:00 a.m. to get to the park so we’d get a good viewing spot, Bob and I were in the Rapid City ER til midnight, waiting to see if I had detached my retina. I had noticed what appeared to be a big spider-shaped floater in my right eye around noon; something I had not seen before. By the evening, I was getting...

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Sep 28, 2016 - Rapid City, SD - Badlands, Flat Tire, & Meeting Up With Friends

(Ron Writing) We left Cedar Pass CG around 11 AM and drove the park road to the west where it intersects SD-240. Along the way we stopped at many overlooks to enjoy the beautiful scenery. The weather was perfect today with a light breeze and clear blue skies. We were heading north on SD-240 toward Wall, SD when the Pressure Pro tire monitor indicated we were losing pressure in the left rear tire of the trailer. We found an abandoned farm yard to pull into and changed the tire there. It looks like the tire is ruined. It looks like there is...

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Sep 24, 2016 - Hart Ranch, Deadwood and Rapid City

2016-09-24.Hart Ranch and Deadwood We arrived at Hart Ranch RV Resort on September 22nd. Hart Ranch is quite a place; probably the resort with the most going on for it. It has everything you could ever want in any resort; a huge pool, 3 hot tubs, fenced dog park, paintball course, hiking trails, a rodeo arena, community garden, fitness center, gas station, restaurant and store. It is a membership campground and we got to stay here because we belong to Resort Parks International (RPI). There are many full timers but the park is kept so well,...

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Sep 23, 2016 - Ellsworth AFB FamCamp and Rapid City SD

Good thing about the base RV park: We get to do our laundry for free, Great grassy spots and areas to walk the dogs, The commissary and base exchange. Bad thing: Really bad internet wifi connections. We burned almost a month's worth of data in just a few days! I will go into more details of each of our side trips on the dates we took them. Mike was stationed here 30 years ago. Of course a lot has changed! It was my first time in SD! Rapid City is the city of the presidents. On the street corners are statues of different presidents. Not...

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Sep 3, 2016 - California here we come! er well maybe really Redwood Country Oregon

We left Thursday September 1st for a 2 week vacation/working trip to California. This trip is a no frills mission to find a new redwood supplier since we've had major issues since we started ordering directly from Redwood dealers in California and Oregon. Hopefully this will simplify our Christmas season. Leaving Ohio we had a lot of just plain ordinary until we hit Van Wert and the Wind Turbine fields, just a preview of what was to come later. We did see two trucks filled with tomatoes headed to the factory, so a big indicator that fall...

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Aug 8, 2016 - Being a Tourist in South Dakota

Another day and night in Rapid City South Dakota. We were up and on our way by 9 am to Mount Rushmore.How amazing to see the structures in real time. We also drove around some windy roads to see some wildlife. Bison, white tail deer, and donkeys were along the way. We stopped and visited the Crazy Horse Monument which is still a work in progress, but still amazing to see. We then carried on a scenic road towards Deadwood and Stopped in Sturgis to get caught up in the bike rally. We have never seen so many different kinds of bikes and lots...

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