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Jun 5, 2020 - A Quick Trip to South Dakota & Back to Crescent, Oregon

On June 1st, Pete & I headed out for a turn around trip to South Dakota. Had to take care of business there. We left the 5th-wheel at Big Pines RV Park & did the Hotel thing (no reason to take the trailer just for a 4 day turn around trip). We traveled a total of 2,739 miles, taking some roads we have never been on before. We did travel over the top of the Grand Tetons, what a beautiful drive it was. There were 10% grades, sharp turns...but amazing views, worth the drive. Our first stop for the night (on June 1st) was in Rexburg, Idaho, we...

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Pete & Jan's Travels

May 29, 2019 - Spearfish SD

The weather made the decision for us. The WY DOT website showed icy roads, chains required by law and a Winter Storm Warning on the shortest route to Spearfish so we opted to drive all the way back through Yellowstone then up to Livingston where we got back on eastbound I-90 and pulled back into Billings at about 4:30. Who knows how the trip would have gone had we taken our original route but as far as I’m concerned it wasn’t worth the gamble, but was worth the extra 30-40 miles. By 5:30 we were at dinner with Brian & Anna at a Mexican...

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Jun 8, 2018 - Spearfish, South Dakota

It is not an exciting day. But, it is productive. Spearfish is only a couple of hours from the Badlands. We take our time getting ready. We drive one more time through a section of the Badlands. Our first stop is the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. I lived through the Cold War. I remember practicing Drop and Cover in school. This stop is not a high priority for me but we are here. We watch the movie. There are tours of the missile silos but they require appointments. We pass. Our next stop is Wall Drug. Like Al’s Oasis and South...

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Sep 24, 2017 - Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse

Made our way to Spearfish, SD. Overnighted at a Walmart to get our bearings on where to land for a couple days. We ended up staying at a campground called Tee Pee Campgrounds. Their address is in Rapid City, SD. about 16 miles from Mt. Rushmore. So, we stayed here a couple days to visit Mt. Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial.

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Aug 2, 2017 - Spearfish Canyon, Deadwood and Sturgis

It was raining early this morning then cleared. A cold front moved in overnight (big winds and rain). By late morning the sky was clearing so we headed on a drive through Spearfish Canyon. This is the third time we have made this trip and it is stunning each and every time. There are tall, craggy cliffs on either side of the canyon and the view are grand. Several falls are in this canyon but, with a drought this spring and summer, Bridal Veil Falls was not much more than a trickle and the trail to Spearfish Falls was closed for some...

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Canadian Trip

Aug 1, 2017 - On Our Way to Spearfish

The trip from Sheridan to Spearfish is about two hundred miles all on I-90. We arrived in Spearfish around 12:30pm. We have stayed at this campground before. It is a large nice campground with gravel pads and full hook-ups with cable and very near the town of Spearfish. Spearfish is another great little older town that is flourishing. The campground is right at the beginning of the drive through Spearfish Canyon which is a beautiful scenic drive. It is also just a few miles from Deadwood, a famous old frontier town where Wild Bill Hickok...

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Canadian Trip

Sep 24, 2016 - Spearfish Canyon, Drive by Deadwood and Sturgis and the Mickelson Trail

Spearfish Canyon was amazing. We drove through Sturgis and Deadwood to get to it. We had intended on stopping in one or both of the towns on our way back, but it didn't happen. Spearfish Canyon is drive through, but there is also a trail that we were able to take the dogs on. Mollie got to get wet, and the fall colors were out. Also we discovered and walk a part of the George S Mickelson Trail. This is such an amazing trail system. It has over 100 miles of converted railroad and runs from Edgemont to Deadwood (Rails to Trails). You can...

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Sep 21, 2016 - Spearfish, SD and Spearfish Canyon

2016-09-21.Spearfish Canyon Leaving the Badlands, we drove to Spearfish, South Dakota a must see place. Along the way, we saw hundreds of acres of sunflowers, their ripened heads bowed as though awaiting sacrifice to the plow. It was a beautiful day and the geography changed from the pink sandstone of the Badlands to treeless grasslands to rolling hills covered by evergreens in spots. In the draw of the hills, golden leafed trees caught the eye reminding us that fall is in the air and on the trees. Spearfish is an iconic “cowboy” town with...

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Sep 6, 2016 - Spearfish, SD

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...

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Rocky Mountain Trip

Jun 6, 2016 - Spearfish South Dakota

After spending the night at the Lewis & Clark Travel Center in Washburg N. Dakota, along with other RVers, truckers & weary auto travellers, today was a 9 1/2 hr day on the road under sunny skies. It's not that there aren't many things a person could stop & see along the way, historic Fort Maden & Crow Butte, natural like Turtle Mountain, White Butte the highest point in N. Dakota at 3506', Lake Audubon,& man made like Garrison Dam on the Missouri River. Also the geographical center of the North American Continet at Rugby N. Dakota & Belle...

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May 31, 2016 - Pillar, Pyre And Poker

After leaving Yellowstone, we made a quick stop in Billings, Montana and stayed a few nights at the World's First KOA (Kampgrounds of America). OK...not exactly a bucket list item but it was a nice KOA with paved patios and plenty of space for Heidi to explore. There isn't a whole lot of excitement in Billings but only a short distance away is an obscure National Monument that we had never visited, Pompeys Pillar. Pompeys Pillar was named by Captain William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It is a large sandstone outcropping that...

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Sep 30, 2015 - Spearfish, SD - Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort

The trip from Billings, MT to Spearfish, SD covered 285 miles which is a little longer than we like to go but it wasn't too bad. We went from the south-central part of Montana through the southeastern part of the state, including the Crow and Cheyenne Indian reservations, then through the northeast corner of Wyoming into Spearfish which is in the northwest most part of South Dakota. The terrain was varied but was mostly the high plains we have been in for quite some time. Many think of it as desolate and ugly but we enjoy the views of wide...

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