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Aug 16, 2018 - Deadwood and More

Much more leisurely paced day than yesterday although it was nearly as long. Originally planned to wrap things up by 5 at the latest but it ended up being 7:30 by the time I got back to the hotel. Started the at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame arriving just as they opened at 9 AM. I thought this might end up be rather lame and that they would simply be capitalizing on the rally. However it was quite well done. Lots of old motorcycles many of them Indian brands but also numerous Harley Davidison and some Honda, BSA, and...

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Aug 15, 2018 - Suddenly There Are Trees

What a looong day! I didn't sleep well last night, then I got a text a 5:30 AM (Mountain time), although in the person's defense it would have been 7:30 at home, and the phone is right by my bed because I use it as alarm. I had scheduled a tour that was going to hit all the places I was planning to go today anyway so I figured I'd let someone else do the driving. Only downside is your time at each stop was controlled by the tour's schedule. In addition to the tour it included a cowboy breakfast, a cowboy dinner, and a 1 hour after dinner...

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Aug 14, 2018 - Where the Buffalo Roam

Due to time zone change, arrived at the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site Visitor's Center right as they opened at 8. There was a film about the cold war which was a bit sobering, especially since even w/ the arms reductions back in the '90s, the U.S. and Russia still have large quantities of nuclear missiles pointed at each other. I recalled some of the drills they discussed in the film from elementary school in the early '60s. The center also had a nice set of displays that discussed the missiles, the facilities, and the...

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Jul 31, 2018 - At Last He Can See!

We drove into town this morning for Don's final eye appointment for the laser treatments. They had told us to allow about an hour and a half, but it only took them 25 minutes from the time he went in the door until he was back again. His vision was blurry at first because of the dilation, but as that receded he was able to see clearly again. This should make a world of difference in his driving! Afterwards we drove to Sams Club to fill up, then to Walmart to get those last few items we always seem to need. Then it was back home to start...

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Jul 29, 2018 - Badlands

We drove to the Badlands today. I had been here before during a family trip when I was 14, so was looking forward to seeing it again. The first thing I noticed was the stark beauty of the place. I don’t think I appreciated it so much when I was 14. Possibly because the wind was blowing fiercely when my parents were trying to set up our tent, and Daddy made each of us sit in a corner of the tent to hold it down. As I recall, he finally gave up, repacked the tent, and we made a quick drive through the park. Today’s visit was much more...

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Jul 26, 2018 - Mammoth Site

Today we drove to Hot Springs, SD to visit the Mammoth Site, an indoor working paleontological dig site and museum. The Mammoth Site is the only late Ice Age facility of its kind in North America. The site was originally purchase by a land developer, who saw the potential for a new residential area. Unfortunately there was an unsightly hill on the property that needed to be leveled off before any other work could be done. In the process of bulldozing the area , the operator struck something that shone white in the sunlight. What he saw was...

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Jul 25, 2018 - Eye Appointment

Well, we had the long awaited and much needed eye appointment today. And sure enough, he needs to have both eyes done. This is scheduled for the 31st. And just as before, I will feel SO much safer when he can see where he is going! The rest of the day was spent with a quick run to Walmart to pick up eye drops. We were assured that they were not expensive because they were generic. Unfortunately I sent Don after the drops. He came back with a name brand which cost $40, and of course would not go back to ask about the generic. Ouch!

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Jul 23, 2018 - Deadwood

We drove to Deadwood today, something that Don specifically wanted to do on this trip. We took I-90, after a stop at Sams Club for fuel, through Sturgis, then south to Deadwood. From Sturgis to Deadwood, the road was curvy and we gained nearly 1000 feet in elevation. It looked like a really fun road for a motorcycle. In fact, it seems almost obligatory to have a Harley in this part of the country! Deadwood is larger than Cripple Creek, and with considerably fewer casinos, but otherwise like your typical old mining town. We enjoyed just...

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Jul 18, 2018 - Rapid City

Susan and I decided to stay an extra day here. We needed to do laundry, return the rental car and get used to being 2 not 6. The gang pulled out at 6 am and we saw them off and then went back to bed! Got up later, did a little laundry and headed into Rapid City to have lunch at Olive Garden and replenish supplies at Wal Mart. Yes Tucker, we did look for :How to Train Your Dragon Part 2" but did not find it :) Came back to he campground and cleaned the RV and took the rental car back. I was talking to he agent and told him about not seeing...

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Jul 18, 2018 - Mount Rushmore

The weather was perfect to visit the monument today. And we got lucky with light traffic also. I was surprised to be charged for parking, but then we were not charged an entry fee, so that evened out. Our first view of the monument was as we were driving in. Impressive from that distance but even more so as we walked at the base. Half of the Presidential Trail was closed due to construction but what we saw was well worth it. The approach was lined with all the individual state flags, along with date of entry into the union. In 1925 federal...

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Jul 17, 2018 - Rapid City

This was to be Pete, Elisabeth, Jack and Tucker's last day with us. Pete has to get back to Florida for a meeting on the 23rd and they are still a long way from home. We picked up a rental car and headed out to see Mount Rushmore. We wanted to get an early start since it can get quite crowded there and you can face really long lines to get into the parking lot. We were lucky in that the line was not long to park and we got a good place. You emerge from the parking garage and stare right up at the mountain. It is very patriotic. The weather...

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Jul 15, 2018 - South Dakota

Finally we will be able to stay in one place for a bit as we have reservations in another of our club RV parks. It is quite large, but we were able to get a fairly nice spot way at the back of the park under some tall pines. And the driveway is actually long enough to accommodate both the trailer and the truck without sticking out in the road. After getting set up, we drove to the nearest Walmart to try again to get his prescription filled. And his eye appointment is scheduled for Tuesday.

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