Monday, July 28, 2014

Around Rapid City

(Jan) We’re home here at Hart Ranch Resort for the next 3 weeks. We were assigned Space #9 and what a lovely site it is! We’re right across from the tennis & pickle ball courts, mini-golf and the restaurant-swimming pool complex! We have constant entertainment! We bought a mP7190043embership here last fall and this is our first stay here as members! We’ve done lots of walking and biking along with trying the mini golf course and listening to several of the evening musical events.

We’ve also been out being tourists again. Several Days we spent seeing sights in Rapid City. “The Journey Museum and Gardens is set up as a journey through the history of the Black Hills, starting with the Native American creation stories, moving into the 2.5 billion years of history in the rock record with the geology exhibit, paleontology, archaeology, Native American inhabitants, and concluding with the pioneers that traveled west.’'” We enjoyed our visit! We also made stops at the Story Book Island, Memorial Park for their Hills Alive Christian Music Festival and the Cleghorn Springs Aquatics Center. There’s always lots to do here.

P7190036A free park for kids! P7190038 P7190034 A Trout hatchery & aquatic displays.

P7190019P7190023A drive to the southwest side of town brought us to Chapel in the Hills. The Chapel is an exact replica of the Borgund Stavkirke built about 1150 in Norway. It was built in 1969 and features intricate carvings done by a master carver in Norway. Situated on 30 acres of mostly forested land, the church is affiliated the ELCA and it is the site of many weddings. It’s beautiful!P7190021

P7190006The Interior of the church looking toward the altar P7190008Carvings above.
The Stabbur or storehouse at right.
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2 comments:

Betty Graffis said...

We are enjoying our first time in Iowa. Beautiful!

Sharon Del Rosario said...

Welcome to Hart Ranch membership! Sorry we aren't there to share it with you, but glad you're enjoying the Black Hills and all the interesting sites in the area.

 
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