Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

We encountered a small herd of Bighorn Sheep this morning & this...

Not the traditional tunnel pic...Note the size of the entire facility in...

Large chainart on our right as we entered Keystone...

Lift ride up, wheeled sled down!!

I seem to be missing my right shoe! Ooops....

Neat views up here on the summit...

There seems to be a 5th head up on Mt Rushmore!

Pretty flowers and walking paths...

Nice place to relax...

Here comes brother Larry...

And hubby is flying right along!

Heading home we passed Crazy Horse Memorial, nice clouds today too!

Nice mural on the side of the building next door at Heritage...

And just a bit further is this cute little cabin...Note they have...

Home, Sweet, Home...

Just enought time for a little relaxation...

Before a short shower or two moved in leaving this pretty rainbow...

This little guy was watching Onyx...

And Onyx was watching him!

Check out that little face!

The wild turkey's stopped by for a visit...

Onyx loves all of the wildlife here in the Hills!

One last shot of today's pretty rainbow...


Wow, I just can't seem to catch up with posting these days. I guess it's nice that our schedule is filled with so much fun that we have a hard time settling down! Anyhow, I'll try to get caught up in the next few days now that our family has returned to Nevada. It was a fast paced, fun filled week while they were visiting. I was up until 3am Friday morning putting a short video together for them of a few of the good times we shared on this year's visit. I think they liked it! If you are a friend of ours on Facebook you can view it there. If not & you want to see it, let me know & I'll email it to you.

So, today's post takes us on Iron Mtn Road. Climbing 17 miles from Custer State Park to the entrance of Mount Rushmore, it winds over stacked loops of wooden bridges and through one-lane tunnels aligned to frame the faces on Mount Rushmore perfectly. Such care was taken not to disturb the landscape that some sections of the road actually divide into one-lane, one-way ribbons that swoop and bound through mixed pine and deciduous forest. This scenic byway, like several other scenic roads in the Black Hills, was laid out by Governor Peter Norbeck in 1933, specifically to create a very scenic, slow-speed road for tourists. With 314 curves, 14 switchbacks, 3 pigtails, 3 tunnels, 2 splits and 4 Presidents, it's quite a drive!

But our real destination today was Keystone. We enjoy having lunch at the Arriba Mexican Grill and afterward we wanted to ride the chairlift up & ride the 2,000 foot Alpine Slide down. And so we did! There are two tracks available, a 'speedy' one or the slower 'meander' one allowing you to descend at your own pace in a wheeled sled that is equipped with a brake. The guys opted for the 'speedy', Bonnie & I took it a bit slower. It was a blast, all four of us loved it. You'll notice in the chairlift pic of us that I am wearing one shoe! Yep, it fell off right as I boarded & they couldn't get to it before we departed. Fortunately for me, they sent it up with the next group of folks. So embarrassing! LOL

Well, that's all I'm going to cover today. I'll post more soon, but I wanted you to know, that after taking Bonnie & Larry to the airport on Friday, we returned home in time to begin this weekend's Gold Discovery Day's activities. As a matter of fact, it is late Sunday afternoon as I write this. Our weekend is officially over and we are kicked back for the rest of the evening. Larry is dozing in his recliner as I sort & resize photos to share with all of you. But please check back again soon ok? We appreciate your readership & want to thank you for stopping by. Have a great day!



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