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Unorganized Territory of South Lawrence

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  • Aug31

    Drive thru Spearfish Canyon

    August 31, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 59 °F

    When we left the campground this morning to visit Mt Rushmore (previous footprint), the plan was to then drive back via Iron Mountain Road and spend an easy afternoon on our patio.

    We changed our minds during our “breakfast with the presidents.” Seeing as we were already north of the narrow, curvy, slow-speed roads we have to negotiate to get anywhere from our campground, it made sense to check out a few more places before going back home.

    So, we headed up to Hill City and beyond. We didn’t do much in any of the towns, so I’ll skip them for the time being and take you straight to Spearfish Canyon, which we entered from the south.

    We debated hiking the Roughlock Falls Trail, but it was already 1:30p and we still had a ways to go before we started to drive back home. Instead, we just drove up to the falls area. Finding a picnic table hidden in the foliage, we had lunch first and then headed off on the short trail to check out the falls. There were enough people on the narrow, paved trail that we had to don our masks on and off, but it was well worth the walk down to the cascades that fan out over the rocks.

    Back in the car, we continued our drive north, stopping to check out some cataracts and cascades. Bridal Veil Falls, which is visible from the road, had very little water streaming down the stone wall. It would have been disappointing, except that there was a mama mountain goat browsing nearby ... accompanied by its kid. The last time we saw mountain goats was at Tangle Falls on the Icefield Parkway in Canada. That was back in September 2009 ... a while back. So this was a particular treat.
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  • Day239

    September 14

    September 14, 2017 ⋅ ☀️ 63 °F

    We dropped Kuma off at the animal hospital in Spearfish early this morning, had breakfast then hiked the Little Elk Creek trail, halfway between Sturgis and Rapid City. A wonderful trail bursting with fall colors, rock formations, juvenile trout in the creek and a good five and a half mile workout. We stopped in Sturgis on the way to pick up Kuma. Really quiet now... can only imagine what it's like during the August rally.
    Kuma now has sparkling clean canines but is also missing his top three teeth some bone and a tumor that was causing the bleeding. Tissue sample sent for biopsy and we'll be following up with his vet in Gresham. 😞 Poor puppy...and he just celebrated his 11th birthday on the 12th.
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  • Day238

    September 13

    September 13, 2017 ⋅ ☀️ 79 °F

    Wednesday we headed to Lead, pronounced Leed, to visit the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center. http://www.sanfordlabhomestake.com/
    Then took a trolley tour of Lead and a surface tour of the Sanford Underground Research Facility. This is a definite must see!👍 Full of history and science. First as North America's largest and deepest gold mine and now as the site of an active physics lab studying neutrinos.Read more

  • Day1

    Starting out - Day 1

    June 28, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    B: Is this what it’s like to be homeless?
    K: Yep. Only thing missing is the shopping cart.

    B: I can’t do this. I’m going to die.
    K: We ARE doing this. So...you ARE doing this and
    you’re NOT allowed to die. So that just leaves the
    question of HOW you are going to do this.

    B: How are you holding that on?
    S: With a rubber band.
    B: Wow, that’s the fanciest thing I’ve ever seen...and
    I’ve seen Versailles.

    B: I can’t get back on.
    K: Stop with the fancy mounting stuff. Swing your leg over, put your balls on your top tube, your foot on the pedal...and push. (Yes, yet another “Mother of the Year” moment!)
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  • Day235

    September 10

    September 10, 2017 ⋅ ☀️ 81 °F

    Sunday we headed to Spearfish. On route we ran into a big horn sheep stampede... exciting! Our first stop was the DC Booth Historic Fish Hatchery. Very interesting.http://dcboothfishhatchery.org/mobile/visitor-information We had lunch in Spearfish and some delicious ice cream at Leones Creamery, every bit as good as Salt and Straw. We took the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway home where we were treated to great views and a preview of fall colors.Read more

  • Day237

    September 11-12

    September 12, 2017 ⋅ ☀️ 82 °F

    Monday morning we took Kuma to the vet in Spearfish to get his gums checked out, they've been swollen and bleeding the past three days. Blood work fine. Scheduled a teeth cleaning for later this week. When we got home Randy smoked a rack of incredibly delicious baby back ribs. So glad he invested in the small travel smoker.
    Tuesday we toured the Adams Museum and Adams House.
    https://www.deadwoodhistory.com/about-us/properties/adams-museum.html Both were very well curated and must see attractions in Deadwood. We also took a walking tour of Mt Moriah Cemetery, the resting place of Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok.
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  • Day234

    September 7-9

    September 9, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 77 °F

    Thursday we spent a relaxing afternoon kayaking aound the rock formations at Sylvan Lake in Custer SP. Almost didn't see the turtle as he was so well camouflaged. Housekeeping inside and out was the order of the day Friday. We had a wonderful stay in Custer, plenty to see and do with warm days and cold nights.
    Saturday we traveled an hour northwest to Fish n Fry Campground just outside of Deadwood, SD. After setting up camp we took a walk around historic Deadwood. Casinos, shops, restaurants, gunfights, fantastic architecture, wine tasting and chocolates. We'll be returning for further exploration. https://www.travelsouthdakota.com/explore-with-us/great-8/deadwood
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Unorganized Territory of South Lawrence