Sunday, July 12, 2009

Black Hills

(Chuck)As we approached the Black Hills , our Boomer friend Sharon Del Rosario posted on the BBB (Boomer Bulletin Board) that she had two seven day passes available. That sounded like a great idea to us and we wrote back to Sharon that we would be very interested in using one of them for our stay in the Hills. The passes were for Hart Ranch which is just south of Rapid City . We have not stayed there before, but I can tell you it is a very nice RV Resort. Thanks, Sharon! It provided us with a home base for the area and also a chance to renew friendships with several great Boomer couples in the area.

(Jan) We’ve really been enjoying this resort! We’ve been out walking plus we’ve swam in the pool and rented bikes for a couple of days. Wow, did that take different muscles! Tuesday we toured the southern Black Hills via Iron Mountain road with it’s charming tunnels framing Mount Rushmore and drove into Custer State Park. CSP is home to a herd of 1500 buffaloes and we enjoy watching those shaggy beasts. We also spent time walking the streets of Custer as well as walking around our favorite, Sylvan Lake. Thursday evening we went to Rapid City to the Firehouse Brewery for a Boomer Mini-rang.
We had good time visiting with our Bommer friends pictures here; Betty Anderson and Duane Peyton, Judy and Luke Rinehimer, Bev and J.C. Webber, us, Sharon and Don Del Rosario (hosts),and Diane and Dave West. After dinner we toured Art Alley and visited some of the life-sized Presidential Statues gracing the corners of downtown streets. Here I am with Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.

(Chuck)Yesterday was Jan’s birthday and our plan was to go towards the Northern part of the area and see Deadwood. It is a town which used to be a small mining town and held a quaint charm of a struggling town in which the mining influence had passed. The main attraction was a saloon which sported the chair which Wild Bill Hickock was killed and a host of burrows which begged for treats from the tourists. Things have changed. Deadwood is now a gambling town which sports dozens of places to play slots and table games. It reminds us of Cripple Creek , Colorado , another mining town which went to the dark side.

On our way, we stopped at Best Buy to research laptop computers. Jan’s computer had died several weeks ago and I had ordered one, but the ship date was extended twice. The second delay was to be after we planned to leave Iowa . This meant the order was cancelled, and we share computers for a while longer. While we were at Best Buy we decided that we could use an off the shelf model and we bought one. It is a Dell Studio 15, 2.1 GHz, 2MB cache, 800Mhz FSB, 4 GB Memory, 320GB Hard Drive . It is a huge improvement over our old Latitude D610’s. I think it will last quite a while.. So the end result was the birthday girl got a new computer and a prime rib and crab leg buffet on the same day. We enjoyed the meal with Sharon and Don Del Rosario at the Silverado at the Franklin Hotel in Deadwood, SD.

(Jan)During the day we drove up to Terry Peak Lookout for a fabulous view of the surrounding 30 miles or so; the Black Hills to the south, Wyoming to the west and the towns of Lead and Deadwood to the immediate north. We continued our drive going down the beautiful Spearfish Canyon and stopped at Bridleveil Falls. At the Bottom of the canyon is the town of Spearfish where we re-visited the Booth Fish Hatchery; we had been here in the 70’s with the boys. It’s an interesting historic place complete with underground fish viewing area and ponds to feed the trout.

Today we are going to spend time here at the resort, walking, swimming and having Happy Hour with Sharon and Don. Oh, and also getting to know my new computer! I’m really enjoying it!


Anonymous said...

Tom & I love the Black Hills Area. We spent 3 months volunteering at the Booth Fish Hatchery last year. I do follow your blog and hope to have one of my own soon. Margie

Beaken said...

Wish Bea and I were there,Last Year we did the Escapade and Boomer thing in Sturgis. Bea and I worked in Keystone.We love Hart Ranch as It's my Favorite. We too are Boondocker's and Roving Rods. Again Please see our Blog as we Did Trish's New Mexico State Parks. Will you be in Yuma?

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