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Oct 3, 2010 - Spearfish Things to Do

Weekend of football and laundry. Football came within 2 seconds of winning and laundry almost emptied out our quarters. Will have to replenish our quarters by going back to Deadwood. Didn't take my camera with me today and should have. Went to the High Plains Western Heritage Center within a mile of us. They had buffalo, what else, both live and stuffed and a really good museum of South Dakota western things, guns, pistols, saddles (big rodeo section), clothing, Indian stuff, mining, cattle and sheep ranching (with several stuffed big horn...

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Oct 1, 2010 - TGIF

Haircut day for both of us.......and a good one too. We both look beautiful and then I got into the bugs......no, the ones on the front of the camper, probably about 2,000 miles of them, black, yellow, and brown versus the white it's supposed to be. All that plus a good supper at 'Spearfish Chop House and Whiskey Bar' (a high class western joint) where we saw more turkey. One of our neighbors is from Memphis and this is also his first year of not going to all the Tennessee games. We'll probably watch the game together tomorrow.

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Sep 30, 2010 - Canyon Drive

Drove Spearfish Canyon North to South today looking for the fall colors. We last drove the Canyon 16 or 17 days ago with no color showing at all. I would guess that we were 3 or 4 days late. Most trees were just over the peak if not beyond peak by several days. Pretty in places though and definitely different from the last time we drove it. Maybe we didn't have our driver this time and that was the difference. Naturally being at the South end of the Canyon, 29 miles from Spearfish and 15 miles from Deadwood, we had to go do a little big...

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Sep 13, 2010 - Day 16 - Mt Rushmore

We tried to get an early start this morning, but the KOA restaurant at Devils Tower that was supposed to open at 7 AM didn’t open until 8 AM. When we went back at 8 we found that it was closed for the season. We had to drive up the road about 2 miles to find a place to eat. We got to the Devils Tower visitor center at 9:15 and found that there was a ranger led walk around the tower at 9:30. The 1.5 mile walk was good for both of us because neither of us slept well last night and it got our blood flowing. The tower was an interesting sight,...

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Aug 16, 2010 - Casper to Spearfish

Today after a quick visit to Walmart for some supplies we set out with the intention of stopping at Buffalo.There was no traffic at all on the highways and we had them to ourselves.It only took us a couple of hours to reach Buffalo driving through very flat farmland with the odd herd of cattle and a few deer. We decided to walk through the little historical town and came across a beautiful old Saloon and Hotel called the Occidental.We were invited to have a look through the hotel which has been kept in its original state with all the...

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Jul 27, 2010 - Day 15 & 16

We arrived in Spearfish, South Dakota to Elk Ridge Campground another RV parking lot, this time filled with coaches, Kent has been drooling ever since we pulled in. The place is brand new and all the amenities are excellent! The view from our patio is of the Black Hills and clear skies have brought our companion, the full moon, into view every evening. Heading south we rode through Deadwood and on to Sturgis. A city in preparation for a BIG party there were souvenior vendors on every street corner. Thirsty, we visited a couple of...

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Jun 16, 2010 - Little Brothers

From High Plains RV Park, north of Rapid City & south of Sturgis, South Dakota, just off of I-90. Ahhhhhh…..yes, in the land of Sturgis, South Dakota, the Black Hills, the world-renown mecca as the annual gathering place for a half-million or so motorcycle riders……that being 499,990 Harley riders, 3 Honda riders, 2 BMW riders & 5 riders of other assorted brands; where men will be boys & women will be girls, at least those women who are brave enough to venture along into the two-week long party of people who attempt to relieve all of the...

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We're Wingin' It

Jun 6, 2010 - Spearfish, SD and Devil's Tower, WY

On Thursday we left Custer heading north to Rapid City then west to Spearfish. We will be spending the next week at Mountain View Campground in Spearfish. It is a nice campground, it has cable TV that is better than the no TV we had last week in Custer but the wi-fi is only available at the hot spot that happens to be near the laundry room. We decided to stay here in Spearfish and take a day trip by car to see Devil’s Tower rather than take the motor home the additional 60 miles into Wyoming because there isn’t much to see in the northeast...

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Jun 4, 2010 - Cody, WY

Our trip across Wyoming was spectacular. We came over a high pass and in the far distance was a snow capped mountain range. When I say far, I mean far. We drove a hundred miles to reach the Big Horn mountains. Three hours and another hundred miles and we were over the mountains. It was a beautiful if tedious drive. The scenery was ever changing. From rugged rock formations, to streams, to snow, to a magnificent waterfall that carved a canyon, we were constantly amazed. Tonight we are in Cody. It is really quite charming and we enjoyed...

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Jun 3, 2010 - Spearfish, SD

South Dakota remains one of my favorite states for driving. The roads are fast and smooth, the scenery spectacular. From the rich farmland in the east to the grasslands of the mid-section, to the surreal Badlands, to the magnificent Black Hills, this is a state of endless change. South Dakota must also be the billboard capitol of the world. Mile upon endless mile, there is no shortage of billboards for the driver's reading entertainment. Wall Drug is, of course, the master of the billboard. As soon as you cross into the state, Wall Drug...

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Oct 1, 2009 - On the Road Again

The truck transmission arrived a day earlier than expected, so we were able to head west again Thursday afternoon. Thanks to Philip Motors in Philip, South Dakota for making us a priority in their shop! Between the break down and an early winter storm (as I type, we are driving through snow in Sundance, WY) we have decided to skip the Grand Teton's and stick to I-90 up to Montana. This area of the country is really fascinating - you could easily spend a week or more exploring the Black Hills (lots of hiking trails and caves we didn't see),...

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New York to Alaska

Sep 24, 2009 - Spearfish, Deadwood, and Beyond

Spearfish Canyon runs from Spearfish, SD some 36 miles to near Lead, SD. The canyon is not tall as others, but provides many unique and beautiful views. A river follows the road for most of this distance providing many places to stop and enjoy the rushing water, and 3 water falls. Carley liked our many stops and a chance to get wet. Unlike many of the scenic routes we have traveled this road had several private homes, and cottages hugging the canyon walls and while having a river for a front yard. We used day 2 to kickback in preparation...

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