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Aug 18, 2013 - Holy curvy Narrow roads Batman (alias Black Hills SD)

Hello to all of you from Mitchell South Dakota. This saga may take longer than I have this evening on my Birthday but I will start and continue later if I fall asleep. We left Chewelah Washington and headed east through Spokane, then Butte where we spent the night in a rest area parked along side the big rigs with diesel engines running all night but we were tired crawled into bed and fast asleep. Then the next morning we motored through Billings where we had intended to spend the night and instead pushed into South Dakota through Wyoming....

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Aug 15, 2013 - Mt Rushmore/Custer State Pk/Crazy Horse

Anther very very busy and long day up at 4:45am and not back to the hotel till 9:00pm! Traveled to Ft Hayes this morning for a cowboy breakfast which included pancakes, sausage gravey, sausage links, biscuits, coffee, & juice. After breakfast we visited the Movie Set of "Dances with Wolves" then boarded a tour bus that took us on the Iron Mountain Rd, which consist of pig tails and switch backs along the way taking us through the Black Hills National Park. Mt Rushmore was our first stop and after spending an hour there we continued to...

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Judy's Travels

Aug 15, 2013 - Ft. Hayes, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Needles Hwy, Custer State Park

Very busy day, up at 4:45 am and did not get back to motel till 9:00 pm. Had a very hard rain last night that woke us up at 3am. No rest! Coach pulled out this morning with lots of fog as we drove to Ft. Hayes to have a cowboy breakfast. Pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy. Yumo! Ft. Hayes is where Dances with Wolves was filmed. Lots of western buildings too. Found out that over 50 movies have been made there and around that area. We transferred to a local tour bus for the day. First stop Mt. Rushmore, then took the Pigtail Trail (very...

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Aug 14, 2013 - Devils Tower National Monument

While I have WIFI, catching up on sending two days 13th and 14th. Whew! Visited Devils Tower National Monument. (867' tall) It is the first monument set aside for the American people. So cool to see 2 climbers about half way up the monument, amazing. As we are leaving we see Priarie Dogs, lots of them and so cute. On to Deadwood, SD and this is a gold mining town. Lunch at Diamond Lil owned by Kevin Costner, food ok. Took a town tour bus and Guide Dave was very informative and funny. One point of interest was Mt. Moriah Cemetary (Boot...

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Aug 14, 2013 - Devil's Tower/Deadwood

This morning we left the hotel traveling to Devil's Tower stopping at where else, but Walmart! Continuing on along I-90 we are seeing Pronghorn's some of which are in the fields eating the farmers crops. Bet they are not happy about that! Next stop was Devil's Tower. At this National Monument we walked the path part way around as that was all tme would allow. Then back to the bus. Deadwood was our next stop. Here we had lunch at Diamond Lill's where I had the worst meal of the trip so far. I had a Trout Burger and it was just terrible! A...

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Judy's Travels

Jul 1, 2013 - Riding the Roads in the Black Hills

Not a lot to tell specifically about the riding we did except to say that the roads in the Black Hills are wonderful! We rode some of the roads multiple times since we were in the area two weeks this trip. Our favorites are the Needles Highway (highway 87), Custer State Park Wildlife Loop Road, Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway (highway 244), Iron Mountain Road (Hwy. 16 North), Spearfish Canyon Road, Vanocker Canyon Road, Nemo Road, Rimrock Scenic Road, and Norris Peak Road. These roads have incredible twisties, curves, switch backs, pigtail...

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Jul 29, 2012 - Keystone, SD

Hi All, How ironic, Keystone! We took a day and drove through the Badlands National Park, it was pretty and different, of course every curve was a picture. The only animals we saw there were the wild horses. In the evening we went to Mount Rushmore, we heard that the evening show was the one to see because of the lights. July 31ST we drove through Custer's State Park. Here we found some Bison, wild Burros, antelope, and many prairie dogs. It was a nice drive, the day ended up really hot. August 1ST we drove to Deadwood, SD to the cemetery...

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Jul 23, 2012 - Monuments galore

We did not go to Deadwood today as stated yesterday, instead we decided to go East and South instead of West and South. Highlights of the day: Visit to Keystone, SD, gateway to Mount Rushmore. Here we visited the Rushmore Borglum Story to "..explore the life & times of Gutzon Borglum, creator of Mt Rushmore..". This was very interesting. He even created a statue which is supposed to be somewhere in San Antonio (we'll have to find it). Next up was the Presidental Wax Museum (pictures 1-3). Then came the main event. It's been a little over 30...

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Jul 12, 2012 - What do you mean it's July....

It has been a while since I last wrote in the journal. I have been meaning to do it for some time and just haven’t gotten around to it. Sorry about that. I know some of you have been waiting to hear from me. We left Mesa on April 11 at 11:30. We had to stay that morning and get our free coffee and donut from Mesa Regal. They have it every Wednesday and we got to see our Mesa Regal friends one last time before we left. We stopped in Payson at Arby’s and had lunch. It was cold and windy all the way from there to Holbrook where we spent the...

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C & C's Adventures

Jun 13, 2012 - Fishin' the Lake

Steve should be the one writing today’s journal entry. It was his day of fly fishing in Custer State Park on Center Lake. I’m sure his version would be much longer, but the fisherman will just have to wait for that until we get home. He caught several rainbows and 1 large tiger trout (sorry, I didn’t have the camera for that one). A boater came by to ask him how big he was. Steve told him about 14”…the guy said 16” is the state record! It was another beautiful, blue sky day in the Black Hills. We ran into Rapid City in the evening…another...

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Jun 12, 2012 - Scenic Drives in the Black Hills

Today was our “scenic drives” day in the Black Hills. We started with Needles Hwy and stopped to take photos at Cathedral Spires. The rocky ledges of the hills were magnificent all along the route. We swung into Sylvan Lake and decided to hike the loop around the lake. It turned out to be an adventure climbing over the high rocky cliff on the far side, but the lake was beautiful. Our next stretch along the scenic byways took us down 16A also known as Iron Mountain Road. The tight tunnels on both of these drives were barely wide enough for...

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Jun 11, 2012 - Black Hills Adventures

Our day began at the Circle B Chuckwagon where we dove into the all you can eat $.99 pancakes. I enjoyed the quilts hanging from the ceiling. Our first stop was at Jewel Cave National Monument, the 2nd longest cave in the world. Steve and I have been together with 100+ feet of water over our heads in our diving days, and today we were together with 230+ feet of earth above our heads! When I heard we’d be taking an elevator 23 stories underground, I didn’t try to talk Steve into the more challenging cave tour. The 20 min. excursion was...

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