Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hart Ranch–Part II

P7020003(Jan) We have a membership at Hart Ranch which allows us to stay on a FHU site for 21 days and then for the next 9 days you can either move out of the park or move down to the Meadowlands. Affectionately called ‘the Penalty Box’ the narrower, graveled Meadowlands’ lots cost more but only have water & electric but no sewer. We have just finished our 9 days stay at Site #16 in the ‘Penalty Box’ and have now moved up to Site #365. It’s a wonderful site facing north with a beautiful tree for morning shade. We are here for four days and then will finish our stay here at Hart Ranch on Site 134.

While we’ve been here at the Ranch, we are once again doing lots of walking! The paved streets offer a great place to reach our goal of 10,000 steps each day. Most mornings friends Betty & Duane and Chuck & I go out for a walk and often times get in moreIMG_20150627_155540087_HDR steps in the evening.

Our weather has turned hot with less thunderstorm activity than the first several weeks here. The creeks and lakes are still at flood stage in many places but are starting to recede. We were driving through Hill City several weeks ago when it flooded there and this past Saturday Betty & Duane and Chuck & I drove up to lake Sheridan which is quite high and Lake Pactola which is definitely at a high stage and rising. Spring Creek which runs past Hart Ranch has been out of it’s banks in places. Here are some pictures.

IMG_20150606_124443665Hill City IMG_20150606_125005746Spring Creek P6270052Lake Pactola
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P6290066Hart Ranch sponsored a Singing Camp for ages 9-22 last week with a Sing Off at the end of the week. The Down Home Family from Nashville worked with the kids all week to prepare them for their performances. We went on Friday night to hear them sing; some were good, some were amazing! We went back on Saturday night to the Down Home Family Concert. Much of their work is original with many country classic mixed in. They are very good and we enjoyed their performance.

Sunday night our friends Ed & Jan arrived in our area. We had a great visit over Happy Hour and then we made an impromptu grilled dinner featuring the Hatch Chilis that Ed & Jan brought. Yummy! The following day the six of us headed to Stockade Lake so the guys could fish.  And fish and catch they did!  The girls mostly walked and visited in the shade! From there we drove to Sylvan Lake to do the mile hike around the lake. It was a gorgeous day! Our trip home took us through Hill City and dinner at the Alpine Inn. Their dinner Menu consists of 5 items; a large Filet Mignon, a IMG_20150701_150321380small Filet Mignon, a Vegetarian entrĂ©e and 2 children’s selections. We all had Filet. Very Good! We sure enjoyed our visit with Ed & Jan this week.

Yesterday Betty & Duane and Chuck & I headed north so the guys could do a little more fishing at Orman Reservoir near Belle Fourche.  Betty & I brought our computers along and found a shady, breezy shelter house to work on our photo books while the guys were out. Alas, this time there were no fish so we enjoyed the picnic lunch we had brought along. We drove through the town of Belle Fourche on our way home and got to IMG_20150701_145429201Main Street just in time for a Longhorn Cattle drive that was to IMG_20150701_150454569take place in conjunction with their annual rodeo. So Fun! We drove through beautiful Spearfish Canyon on our way south and then stopped for dinner in Deadwood at Kevin Costner’s Midnight Star Casino. We ate at Diamond Lil’s surrounded by photos, posters and costume’s from Costner’s movies. The food was good and the setting was really fun and interesting.

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