(Jan) Our final two weeks at Hart Ranch just flew by with lots of walking, Mini-Golf and Pegs & Jokers with our buddies Duane and Betty. Duane was a Joker magnet one night and the guys won 2-1 but on our last night of play the girls nabbed all three games. Duane was the winner on our front nine of Mini Golf; Jan took the last night with a surprising hole in one.
The 4th of July is celebrated with a decorated golf cart parade for adults in the morning and a kids Bicycle parade in the afternoon. It was a sizzling hot day but both of the parades had lots of entries and were fun to watch. That evening Betty and Duane invited us to join their family Bar-B-Q. It was very nice meeting the family members that we have heard so much about.
A couple of days later the four us went up to Mount Rushmore to hike to the Sculpture’s Studio on the grounds. It was a lovely hike through the forest beneath the monument and there were many story boards about each of the Presidents featured on Mt. Rushmore and wonderful views of the Presidents. The Sculptor’s Studio was very interesting and had the original casts, created by Gutzon Borgland, that the crew worked with as a scale model for the monument. We also went to the Monument Museum to watch a movie on the monument’s creation. It really is a beautiful, amazing place! The fun continued that day with a picnic lunch at Horsethief Lake. This picturesque little lake is near Mt. Rushmore.
Our friends Bobbie and Jim were in town on the 9th so they came out to visit Hart Ranch. We had such a hoot talking about old times with them and some of the fun shared adventures we’ve had. Since Bobbie & I both have a July Birthday we celebrated with cake after lunch and then went to Lintz Brother’s Pizza in Hermosa for dinner that evening. Here’s Bobbie with her number on her head so the server could find her to deliver her order! The pizza was wonderful and we had such a good time visiting and laughing with Bobbie and Jim. So glad they could stop by for a visit.
The Birthday celebrations continued when Betty & Duane took us for Ice Cream Sundaes on Saturday afternoon followed by three fun games of Pegs & Jokers, grilled burgers and an evening stroll around the Ranch. The next day we we nt into Rapid City for a car show. There was also live music at the Main Street Square. The Singers were okay but watching the kids run through the water spouts at the Square was the real entertainment; such pure joy on their faces!
All too soon our time in South Dakota came to an end. We had to say good-bye to our good friends and lovely Hart Ranch. Duane sent us off with hugs & travel popcorn and Betty & I had a few tears along with the laughs and hugs. It’s been a wonderful time here with our good buddies!