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Sep 4, 2007 - A drive across the wide open spaces

We got up early to head over to Rapid City, South Dakota and decided to alter our route a little. We were going to follow I-90 all the way but the couple in the next space suggested an alternate. They were going to take 212 across the state and take a less traveled route. Sounded like a good idea so we did the same. We turned east off of I-90 and headed across Montana the southern part of the state. We turned at the entrance to Little BigHorn Battlefield so as we drove east on 212 we had one more glance at all of the headstones up on Last...

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Sep 2, 2007 - Crazy Horse Memorial

We had originally planned on 'sitting out' the holiday weekend, but they were having an open house at the Crazy Horse Memorial. What's an open house, you may be asking yourselves, well, it's free entry to the Memorial for all South Dakota residents! In 1939 sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski won first prize in the Worlds Fair for his sculpture 'Study of an Immortal'. This brought him to the attention of the Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear who, along with his fellow chiefs, wished to have a Memorial carved so that "the white man would know that...

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Sep 2, 2007 - Mount Rushmore and Custer

Another day we drove down to Mount Rushmore, seeking to get there before the Labor Day weekend crowds. We were amazed to find that, despite the fact that it is a National Monument, our Golden Age pass was not applicable there, but instead they charge a "parking fee". Apparently, because they have a very large and relatively new parking structure, they can do this and sidestep the usual admission charge which is waived for Golden Age pass holders. Somewhat annoying, but on the bright side, the parking pass we got is good for a year. We were...

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Aug 31, 2007 - Crazy Horse

After leaving Mount Rushmore, it was an easy ride around to the Crazy Horse Monument under construction not too far away. When compared to Mount Rushmore, it is clear that the Crazy Horse Monument is designed to be far, far larger. The head of Crazy Horse alone is larger than the combined heads of all four presidents at Mount Rushmore. Crazy Horses’ head is only a small portion of the intended monument which shows his head and torso astride a charging horse. We wonder if they will ever be successful in finishing the monument, particularly...

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Aug 30, 2007 - Start you engines, here comes the 2nd trip (OH YA) (^^)

First we visited: Montana, Wyoming, then South Dakota. If you think that you have seen the middle of nowhere, think again. I have a friend named Joshuah who lived in the Dakotas, but I dont know how he managed it. Our first day we stayed in Rapid city and got more moquito bites than we knew what to do with. At Rapid City SD, the first thing that we saw was the Mountain of Rushmore. It was not only a big mountain but it had a lot of nature around it as well. We stopped at WallDrug along the way, WallDrug (as I learned) is a really old store...

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Aug 30, 2007 - Buffalo, WY to Custer, S.D.

After another latish start this morning we got back on the I-90 and subsequently the I-16 to Custer. Most of the trip was climbing. Lots and lots of long, long hills....all the hills were covered in Pronghorn. We saw hundreds and hundreds of them. Other than that it wasn't very scenic at all UNTIL WE HIT HELL'S CANYON just outside of Custer. There are many boards warning of the narrow road ahead, no shoulder ahead, 25 mph speed limit and plenty of switchbacks. Trust me when it's you and a crazy cyclist on this narrow road through the...

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Living our RV Dream!

Aug 28, 2007 - Sturgis SD

On Tuesday we drove to Sturgis through rain and light fog. The countryside looked magical in places, with the far distance shrouded in fog and mist and the middle ground occasionally bathed in sunlight, which was golden on the grassland fields. It was a short drive, so we arrived at our campground early enough to park, unhitch and drive back 20 miles to Rapid City to do some badly needed grocery and other shopping. On one of our last days at the campground in the Badlands, we witnessed the arrival of something we'd never seen before: a...

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Aug 23, 2007 - Rapid City, SD

Finally Made it Through Big Sky Country23 August - Well, I made it through the night. No one bothered me except for the stinkin' big rig with it's stupid reefer unit cycling on and off all freakin' night. For some strange reason, it parked right next to me in this gigantic, near empty, parking lot. What's up with that? I guess it was lonely or something. I know these guys work for a living but would a little consideration kill 'em? Oh me, Oh my! the woes of living on the road. I arrived at the resort after dark, which is always fun, but...

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Perimeter Run

Aug 11, 2007 - Mt. Rushmore

We had a great day enjoying the town of Keystone just outside of Mt. Rushmore and all the bikers that were in town, we also spent some hours in the park enjoying Mt. Rushmore. Pat & Ray said that you have to see the evening lighting program so we decided to come back tonight to see the show. After our day trip we stopped in Keystone for a cold one and some lunch, after that we viewed some of the wildlife in the area.

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Aug 9, 2007 - Rapid City, SD

We are in the Bad Lands of South Dakota, staying at the Hart Ranch RV Resort which s part of the RPI System, a private campground which you purchase membership in. We are here as guests and are staying for 12.00 per night Full Hookups (50a) and a great pool to boot. Close to 100's each day and 60-80's at night. We arrived here on Thursday and just enjoyed the pool, Friday we are again going to enjoy the resort and Saturday we will visit the sites in the area. Sunday Hazel went to a casino and had a great time, the resort sponsored a bus for...

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Aug 6, 2007 - Devil's Tower and Mt. Rushmore

We drove (nearly 400 miles) to Mt Rushmore but along the way we made a detour to Devil's Tower. This formation was caused by molten lava that cooled then was thrust up through the soil by back pressure. This is also the nation's first National Monument, back in 1906. The Indian's story of its origin is much more creative...several girls were trying to escape a great bear. They climbed onto a rock and pleaded for the rock to grow and it grew so high they became a constellation. The vertical marks are form the bear clawing at the mountain...

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Jul 31, 2007 - Rapid City, South Dakota

July 31 While I took Blue to the Honda dealer for her 8:30 appointment, Brenda did her morning workout. I was in and out in 45 minutes and they told me the drain plug on the oil pan had worked loose but no harm done (what might have happened if I was not the luckiest guy in the world?). Leaving the dealership, I stopped at the obelisk monument at the Sergeant Floyd gravesite on a bluff overlooking Sioux City and the Missouri River. I also was able to visit the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center along the riverfront, which had been closed...

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