Sunday, September 5, 2010

Presidents, Friends, Museums and Summer Nights

Mount Rushmore (Jan) The Black Hills and Custer State Park have so much to offer.  We have visited many times and we always find new things to discover as well as old favorites to visit.  On Wednesday and Thursday we did just that.  We headed over to Keystone, and as we wandering around Halley’s 1880’s Store ,we struck up a conversation with the proprietor about music and the different instruments on display. mama mountain goatI was invited to come back and play wash tub on Saturday night with the blue grass band. It would have been a hoot!

Mount Rushmore was our next stop.  It’s beautiful, a awesome work of art and stately! The grand terrace with it’s avenue of flags is beautiful. What more can you say? After a leisurely walk around beautiful Horse Thief Lake we spotted a family of mountain goats grazing along the side of the road.  Mama goat (at right) posed patiently! Papa Goat, who had a radio collar on, did not!

ChuckChuck and I posing for our pictures at Horse Thief



Pigtail bridgesThat afternoon we headed over to Hart Ranch to visit some Boomer friends Duane Payton and Betty Anderson. This delightful couple spends their summers in their native South Dakota and like us winters in Arizona. It was great to see them again and catch up. But darn! We didn’t get a photo!

B1B at Ellsworth AFB Thursday we played tourist all day going to Gordon Stockade and Sylvan Lake, driving the Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road with their tunnels and pig-tail bridges, visiting the Geology Museum and South Dakota Air Museum at Ellsworth AFB, see the B1B Bomber above, and went to Summer Nights in downtown Rapids City with it's Presidents statues, Art Alley and free music in the evening. FULL and very fun day!! Click on the picture above to read the fascinating history of the Pigtail bridges.

Gordon Stockade Gordon Stockade was built near Custer during the early Black Hills gold rush era. mastodon Besides fascinating metals & mineral, there were dinosaur skeletons & mastodon horns.
Pres Hoover & Jan 
President Hoover, an Iowan
 Cuck & Pres Washington          President George Washington
Rapid City's Art Alley A blue grass band in Art Alley Rapid City Summer Nights The Main Stage entertainers

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