Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

It's a beautiful day for a ride...

Love the booted fence on this property...

One 'wooly' guy!

Enjoyed watching the little one for a bit :)

We were surprised at the number of large, very green meadows in...

Time to make a right...

There appears to be a small roadblock...Onyx is having 'a cow'! LOL

The view is amazing...

We've arrived...The only visitors today, unusual I guess...

Onyx had a little walk before we go upstairs...

Looking back down the last flight of stairs...

Wow, there is quite a view, although it is a bit hazy...

Colleen was very helpful & informative. This is her 3rd summer on...

The light colored formation in the center is the back side of...

A well traveled road...

Back on the ground again...

Pretty clouds today...

There is alot of logging & clean-up work in this area...

The road ends on Hwy 16 in front of the Heritage Village...Nice...


Well, what is it they say about RV'ers plans are set in Jello? Larry did some maintenance things on the rig this morning & they took a bit longer than he planned. So, we postponed our boating until tomorrow. However, we decided to do a bit of exploring after lunch this afternoon.

Some RV'ing buddies had mentioned to us that the dirt/gravel road up to Bear Mountain Lookout was a nice ride. They actually go up it on their 4 wheelers but we knew the truck would make it just fine. What we didn't know is that Bear Mountain is the third highest mountain in the Black Hills of South Dakota. And that at the summit there is an active fire tower. It was a nice ride, with plenty of great views and a great diversity of vegetation. We were a bit disappointed at the lack of wildlife. In fact, we didn't run across any deer until we were almost back down to the highway. So Onyx's excitement for the day consisted of cows, calves & sheep! Still made her a happy camper though. She barked her head off, lol.

Today the tower was manned by a very interesting, helpful young woman named Colleen. She answered all of our questions and encouraged us to come back when the view is not quite so hazy. Apparently the wildfires from Idaho & other surrounding states have moved into the area pretty heavily. She suggested coming right after the next rain. We might just do that.

Bear Mountain Tower is located at just over 7100 feet. It is furnished well enough for a live-in 'watcher'. Loved the little stove it has in it! There is a new Verizon tower just up the hill so there is Internet & phone service. There are restrooms, though they are just vault toilets. There is also a picnic table available for visitor's if you happen to bring a picnic lunch along for the ride. No water available, so if you make the trip bring drinks, food and a hat! So, that was our day. This evening we went to the VFW for their steak dinner. I actually ordered shrimp and it was very good. As was the small salad bar. We met a very nice local couple and enjoyed a 2 hour conversation with them. Afterward we went in to speak to our friend Jean and wound up sitting with the local VFW commander Tony & his wife Mary as well as another couple, Tony & Jackie for another hour. I think we are officially the 'summer social butterflies' around here, lol! Anyway, another great day spent here in the Hills. Life is good...



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