Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

The start for our hike today...

Me with cousins Judy & Wayne Morgan...

It's a nice gentle incline starting this way...

Nice benches to sit and enjoy the area along the way...

As you can see it's a nice easy path in this section....

A little break before starting the stairs...

Nice staircase, built very well with a wonderful deck on top!

It's a great day for a hike!

View to our left...

And to our right...Needless to say we are on top of Big...

Coming back down...Judy loves her walking stick!

Larry borrowed it to see if he could find a good way...

I took a few pics through the trees while we waited...

Larry's on his way back, we hiked down to meet him...

He spooked this pretty little doe out of the thicket but she...

We stopped about half way & checked out the informational boards &...

I hate to admit it but my knees were aching about here...Getting...

This is what it looks like if you start at the end...

Judy, reading up on 'Chief'...

I like this!

Can't leave 'George' out...

Sculpture info on 'George'...

Forgot to take a pic earlier but you get the idea...Monte Cristo...

Taken Friday evening. By the way, I was FINE 1 1/2 hours...

Looking better late this Sunday afternoon...Swelling way down, prednisone must be working....


Wednesday Larry, Wayne, Judy & I headed to Big Rock Park, home of the Custer Skywalk, an in-town nature trail. There are two ways to take this wonderful hike. The stair step entrance begins at the south end of Sixth Street and extends to the north border of Big Rock Park. We took two vehicles today, leaving one at the end of 6th street and heading back with the other vehicle to the Big Rock Trail, which is where we actually started our day. Our friends Jim & Colleen recommended this method & since Jim wrote the 4 grants that led to the development of this area it seemed like a good way to go!

Skywalk Trail is a pleasant walk in the woods with a million dollar view from the top of the hill. If you start your trek at the end of 6th street you'll pass under a nice entryway guarded by 'George' on the left & 'Chief' on the right. More info on them in the pics. I wonder how many folks pass by & don't notice them???

There are a lot of steps on the way, but the end of the trail is worth the effort. Starting from the trailhead at an elevation of approximately 5,300 feet, the assent to the base of Big Rock formation is 280 steps, with an elevation change of approximately 140 feet. The stair steps from base of Big Rock to the top is approximately 55 steps with an elevation change of approximately 27 feet. So, wear good shoes, bring a walking stick if you have one and don't forget your hat & water!

We hiked this easy trail for about an hour & a half, stopping many times along the way to take in the lovely scenery. The landing at the top provided a wonderful view, both of town & of the forest behind us. Larry took off to check & see if we could make it to the 'Custer' sign but from where we were we couldn't see a good way. We understand we missed a turn that would have given us that opportunity so think we may go up again.

After our hike we headed to Black Hills Burger & Bun. We put our name on the waiting list, but after a short time decided we didn't feel like waiting for the estimated 45 minutes. Darn TripAdvisor, lol! They rated this joint the #1 burger place in the nation & it was already too darn crowded. In fact, there was a news crew there interviewing folks when we left. Ah well, maybe next time.

Wound up at the Buglin' Bull & enjoyed a non-fattening 'Monte Cristo Wrap' with raspberry dipping sauce. Yep, different huh? No bread. Flour tortilla with ham, turkey, bacon & pepperjack cheese, deep fried, dusted with powder sugar. I gotta' say it was pretty darn good. We had a salad for dinner!! LOL

I'm a few days behind as I write this and I've been having a bit of swelling around my eyes & face. Hit me within minutes Friday evening and even though I've been using Benedryl it wasn't improving. Looked terrible this morning, so went to Urgent Care today (Sunday). They diagnosed me with Angioneurotic Edema. Cause, unknown. So, I'm on Prednisone for 2 weeks and hopefully it will take care of things. I sort of look half Chinese today. And by the way, Larry says I am a nuerotic angel, lol!

After leaving the doctor's we headed to the pharmacy for my prescription & discovered a large car show going on in Rapid. We were hungry so decided to browse the car show, grab a bite to eat & then get my medicine. Got some wonderful pics. And then we took the scenic ride home past the pretty Sylvan Lake, so please come back soon & I'll try to get my pics up on both of those stops in the next day or two. In the meantime, have a wonderful day & thanks for stopping by :)



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