Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Traveling south on I-25 this morning...

The skies are beautiful as is the view...

We passed several trains, one of these days I'm going to get...

Yep, even FedEx is traveling today...

I just liked this one, old, solitary tree....

We've made a right turn now onto US18/89...

Looks like someone's been using the SD sign for a bit of...

I love how green it is!

Larry loves these old barn/buildings...I think it's a guy thing!

We're getting closer, we're excited!

We LOVE the Black Hills, but you already knew that, right??? LOL

That looks a bit like rain...

Pretty stand of trees...

We've arrived!!!

Home Sweet Home, still have a few more things to put out...

Dick & Lou are two spaces down...

Enjoying a meal at the Cowboy Restaurant downtown, good food, good friends....


In today's post we make the 250 mile trip from Casper, Wyoming to Custer, South Dakota for our sixth summer here in the Black Hills. We traveled I-25 south for a short distance before heading east on US18 to Lusk. Leaving Lusk we continued north on US18 to Hot Springs where we picked up US385 to Custer. The weather forecast predicted light showers, but even though we encountered a few dark clouds as we arrived, the raindrops never materialized. Yeah! I hate setting up in the rain.

It was a lovely day with my beloved white puffy clouds most of the day and green as far as the eye could see. We made a short stop for a quick lunch, mostly because we accidentally shut the inverter system down last night before we finished dvr'ing Brook's & Dunn's Last Rodeo show. Numerous stars performed their hits as they were honored for 20 years in the country music industry. It was a terrific show & we were pretty disappointed that we didn't get the whole thing. Anyway, I looked up future airings & found it was only airing one more time, this afternoon. So, we stopped, sent the satellite dish up, and recorded the final minutes we missed last night. Cool, I actually moved it to a DVD this afternoon so we can view it as many times as we like later.

Dick & Lou were here to welcome us as was Marci. Paul was in Pierre taking care of business on their ranch but we had our reservations made so we just started getting set up. We've actually moved to site 16 this year. The past 5 years we've been in site 15 but 16 has a larger yard & feels a bit roomier. Our good friends Jack & Barb like to stay in site 16 but this year they were kind enough to switch with us. We're here about 10 weeks longer than they are every year. Anyway, Jack builds the best campfires ever so Larry told him 'our yard is your yard, feel free to use our firepit all you like'! I sure hope he does, we love our evening fireside chats with our buddies!

We haven't done much since arriving. Larry is managing his crutches a bit better, but they are still a pain in his you know what! We did go to Wild Bill Days in Deadwood last Saturday. We packed a picnic lunch, grabbed our chairs & headed out about 9:45am. If you don't arrive early parking is impossible. And, we wanted to get a front row seat for the evenings entertainment. They close the main street of town off to vehicles & everybody starts setting their chairs up early in the day. We wound up in the second row of seating this year, much better than last year when we were back two city blocks! I'm not kidding, our view last year was by big screen! But can you believe I forgot my camera!!!

Yep, I changed purses & in my hurry forgot my camera. So we stopped & bought one of those throw away deals on the way. I haven't had them developed yet & have no idea whether I got even one decent photo. I'll post them later down the road if I did. Joe Diffie was the main entertainer for the evening & he was very good. There was a 40% chance of rain being predicted but not one drop materialized. That was awesome. Last year we got a bit wet when the same 40% was predicted. In fact, we've only had a light rain once in the 9 days we've been here. But they had plenty of it & snow before we arrived. The hills are very green & quite beautiful. It feels good to be home....



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