(Jan) One of the nice perks of our Hart Ranch membership is being able to have guests 4 nights each year while we are here at the resort. Linda & Richard came to join us last Monday for a fun visit and Black Hills sightseeing. Dinner and catching up were first on the agenda followed by planning where to go and what to see.
Tuesday morning the four of us headed north to Sturgis. Bike Week brings an estimated 1/2 million motorcycle enthusiasts to the Black Hills. The epicenter of the event is in Sturgis. We got there as things were being set up and all merchandisers were already in full gear. Time for us to do a little shopping and walking the streets. From there Hwy 14A follows Boulder Canyon towards Deadwood. Good Parking Karma found us a great spot for the Jeep and we were off to discover the sights & sounds on the Main Drag. As in Sturgis, there were already many motor cycles parking on the Main street. Bars and cafes were doing a brisk business. Mustang Sally’s had outdoor seating so that was our choice for a good burger & people watching! We visited the original site of the Wild Bill Hickok shooting and the historic Bullock & Franklin Hotel Lobbies. From there Hwy 14A took us on a beautiful drive along scenic Spearfish Canyon with a stop at Bridal Veil Falls. We drove onto Spearfish for a visit to the Historic Booth Fish Hatchery. Chuck bought fish food for us & we had fun feeding trout of all sizes. Dinner and walking around the ranch finished the day.
Wednesday Chuck and I stayed at home as Linda & Richard visited Rushmore & Crazy Horse Monuments, Hill City & Keystone. We had already seen these sites so stayed home to do some travel planning with friends Betty & Duane and to have some decals applied to our Jeep. Linda & Richard again joined us for dinner and a recap of both our day’s activities.
We met for breakfast at the Resorts Chuck Wagon Restaurant before going southwest to Custer State Park in search of buffalo on Thursday. And did we find buffalo! The herd was gathered near the airport and we were able to park and be right in the midst! Fascinating!
A small herd of burrows hang out towards the southern end of the Wildlife Loop and there were big horn sheep near Legion Lake.
We finished our tour in Custer going to the National Museum of Wood Carving which featured animated carvings by Dr. Harvey Niblack, an early animator for Walt Disney. A stroll down Main Street took us into several shops and past Custer’s painted buffaloes downtown.
For our final evening together Linda & Richard treated us to dinner at Firehouse Brewing Company. Linda & I got in line to get a table while Chuck & Richard parked the car. Good Karma all around as they found a great parking spot & we got a table in a less noisy back corner. We had drinks ordered by time the guys got there! The food was fabulous as were the beers we tried. The rest of the evening was spent visiting Art Alley, Main Street Square, Summer Nights Concert & activities and seeing more of the life sized President’s statues. Downtown Rapid City is very lively and very fun!
All to soon our time together ended; Friday was travel day back to Kansas for them. We sure enjoyed the visit.