South Dakota and Wyoming

July 8, 2012

We are headed for Devils Tower, but before leaving Sturgis, we pick up some grocery items and visit the Sturgis Museum, which is filled with all kinds of motorcycles from Kawasaki to Harley Davidson.  What a fun exhibit!

While driving the freeway, I see Deadwood, so I have Dick exit as I want to visit this historical town.  There is a museum there which houses many items from 1876, including a carriage room with covered wagons just like in the old west!  If you recall your history, this is the town where Wild Bill Hickcock was gunned down during a poker game; “aces and eights” the dead man’s hand at the # 10 Saloon.

Before leaving Santa Barbara, I purchased an audio tape, “Evidence” by Jonathan Kellerman, and that’ s keeping us busy while driving to our next destination.

In 1906, President Teddy Roosevelt designated Devils Tower in Northeast Wyoming, as the nation’s first national monument.  It’ s actually the core of a volcano exposed after millions of years of corrosion brought on by the Belle Fourche River and the weather.  It is majestic!

After browsing through the visitor center, we grab a quick snack in our RV and then hike up a 3.5 mile trail around the tower.  Each turn takes us to a different view and we spot some rock climbers scaling the precarious rock/tower to the very top!  The temperature today is in the high 80’s which makes the climb even more difficult.

Settling in for the evening, we find a fairly decent campground near a river and eat dinner in our RV; and yes, we almost run out of gas (again!) , and this time I take a photo of the red light flashing on the dashboard.

In answer to your unasked questions; yes, Dick and I bicker along the way and in fact have encountered many disagreements BUT we are still handling the situation in a loving and civil way, managing  cramped quarters, differences of opinions  and trying to be as flexible as possible.   🙂

Sending love your way,



3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Elaine Rudin
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 04:28:56

    i am learning a lot of history from your trip
    thank you


  2. Dianne Elliott
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 05:16:01

    All you need is your lasso and you are set. Love your history lessons, glad you are the teacher and enjoying it all. Remember, club Dick at Devils Tower, and I hope you remembered “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” when you saw it.
    Love, D


  3. Sharon Sarah Z.
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 12:53:39

    enjoying your writings and experiences so much!!!


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