Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

I love all of the old buildings and the beautiful trees...

Isn't this 1915 building lovely? It's a nice brewing company now with...

President James Monroe, over six feet tall, always carried a cane. Tipping...

36th President, Lyndon Johnson, 6'4" in stature had a strong presence. Engraved...

27th President William Taft, 1st President to throw opening pitch at a...

7th President Andrew Jackson was a firebrand, a duelist & an Indian...

14th President Franklin Pierce had a tragic personal life, losing 3 of...

16th President Abraham Lincoln, my favorite! Shown holding a telegram informing him...

Son Tad sits at his feet with a toy cannon dressed in...

Larry stands next to our 26th President, Teddy Rooselvelt in his Rough...

35th President John F. Kennedy shown here handing son John Jr. one...

8th President Martin Van Buren reading his local newspaper, the Kinderhook. Also...

Also called 'Old Kinderhook' from which we get our saying 'ok'...Only 5'6",...

6th President John Quincy Adams always dressed in full formal attire with...

Moving on, isn't this piece wonderful!

Beautiful piec in front of the Priarie's Edge gift shop...

Larry got a great lesson from a local resident on the meaning...

Main Street Square has many activities available throughout the day & night...

The kids were sure enjoying the water feature...

41st President George Bush standing next to a world globe. Bush stands...

Time to finish our other errands, the skies are changing rapidly!

We've arrived in time to catch several of the 'little darlings'!!!

He scrambled down so fast I almost missed the whole thing!

But several of them hung on in another tree nearby!

I like this guy!!! Or girl???

My hubby finally drug me away!!

The sky is looking like it is going to let loose!

The outskirts of Hill City, hope it holds off for a bit!

It doesn't but my battery went dead before I got a shot...

We made it home, the sun is trying to shine & the...


Although it's been several days since I posted part one of our day trip to Rapid City, this would be part two as promised. Sorry to take so long in between posts, we've had a very busy social calendar, lol! Anyway, after leaving the Social Security office we decided to meander down Main Street and check things out. It's a wonderful city, very clean & surprisingly lacking in both graffiti and trash. Perhaps Art Alley really has taken care of at least a part of those two problems! There were numerous shops, restaurants, taverns & of course Main Street Square to check out. But our main focus for today was to check out at least a few of the of the forty-two, life-size bronze statues of the United States presidents. Did you know that Rapid City is the only location in the world where all forty-two can be seen? And they are very proud of that distinction.

We started our walk in front of the information center where a bronze of our fifth President James Monroe stands. Our walking tour continued on past President's Johnson, Taft, Jackson, Pierce, Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Kennedy, Van Buren, Adams and finally George Herbert Walker Bush! As you can see, we missed several but decided to save them for another day. Frankly, the earlier cloud cover was gone & it was very hot. We had a couple of errands to do before heading for home & wanted to try & catch the bear cubs before they put them away for the evening. We arrived in time to see several of the little darlings romping around, climbing & hanging from trees and just giving their audience a great show! They are sooooo darn cute!

When we got back on the road it wasn't long before ominous looking clouds began to form & about the time we hit Hill City we encountered a torrential downpour that included a bit of small hail. It was raining hard enough we actually pulled over a couple of times to wait for it to let up a bit as visibility was terrible. Amazingly enough, not much farther down the road it was like someone drew a line across the road & we went from driving on a flooded mess to totally dry pavement! How strange is that. We used to laugh at Larry's Mom when she would try to tell us that it rained in her front yard & not in the backyard. Maybe she wasn't wrong after all?? LOL

We arrived home in time to unload our purchases and batten down the hatches before the much needed rain hit us. I don't want to complain because we really need it. In fact, as I write this I can report that we've actually had rain for the past three days. It's been wonderful & has really helped to cool the higher temperatures down. Hopefully it will also help to control the fires that are still a big issue in our area. It's really greening things up in the Hills. Nice...

Well, that's it for now. I'm going to hit the sack. I'll try to share a bit more in the next day or two. We've been having a great time learning to line dance and will be taking another lesson from our good friend Pat McFall this coming Wednesday. As Larry told her last Wednesday, it's one of the many things on our bucket list, so we are happy campers! Night....



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