Thursday, May 19, 20200

Temperature 62 Degrees, Overcast

Mixing Business with Sightseeing

Black Hills Visitor Center

Museum of Geology

From The Refrigerator to the Freezer

Yesterday Ms. Barbara had an 8:30 am Lab Appointment in Rapid City. Which meant we had to be up and out no later than 7:15 am. Ugh.

We arrived with time to spare and figured she would be in and out within minutes. NOT! It seems her doctor had not faxed the script to the lab. She now began to play phone tag with her doctor. She finally, forty five minutes later, was able to reach someone to fax the script over. You know what they say better later than never.

Since she could not eat before the lab test, immediately after she was done we headed here.

Time to order.

I mean they have every variety of coffee one could ever want. I always go for a Frappe. The bottom line, the bagels were delicious and so was the coffee. I’m so glad we decided to support this local business.

After breakfast we went to the Black Hills Visitor Center. We usually find the visitor center a great place to start when you move to a new area.

A very inviting place which was well laid out and chock full of information about the area.

An introduction to the Black Hills and the Black Hills Forest. And, yes, we do intend to slow down, relax and discover as much as we can that this region offers.

We’ll start here inasmuch as we are located in Custer and Hill City is the next town over.

Definitely on the must see attractions.

We’re not crazy about Crazy Horse so we’ll have to decide later whether or not we’ll go.

We’ll also go underground, at least one of us will! Still trying to decided which cave or caves will be on the list. We also want to do some of the scenic drives that are in the region. Again, which ones, maybe all of them, we’ll decided in the next couple of days.

Yup, another T-shirt to help remember our time here.

Time now to move on.

The next attraction we went to was The Museum of Geology which is located on the campus of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. The museum features mounted skeletons, rare fossils & exhibits. Come on and I’ll show you what they mean.

He was right over your head as you entered.

For any of those who like to fish.

Hook either one of these and I bet you would have the battle of your life!

Remember our friend mosasur, the giant marine lizard who lived in the waters that once covered the Badlands?

This specimen is 29 feet in length. The skull was large and had numerous sharp teeth. It’s limbs were adapted to aquatic life and help to steer the lizard. It’s tail was long and powerful and was used to propel it through the water.

Well, there were numerous other similar exhibits as well as all kinds of exhibits about rocks and minerals. While we found the museum fascinating it would not be one of those you just have to see it ones.

We’re home today and getting ready to go from the refrigerator to the freezer. We’re supposed to have temperatures below freezing for the next several nights. Come on now, isn’t this the month of May? We’ll be putting up reflectix in all of our windows before we to to bed tonight. It will stay up until at least Monday. What a crazy region of the county to live it. Talking to some natives of the region they tell me any time the temperature goes above freezing it is shorts weather. Really! Not this fellow.

Thanks again for spending some time with us.  It’s always great to be able to share our story with family and friends. Comments? Feel free to share them with me. And always remember, cherish every moment of every day that God gives you and live those moments to the fullest.

Our continuing mission remains the same: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before


  1. Sounds like lots to explore! What I’ve heard about Crazy Horse is to stop and see it from the road and move on. But to be fair, I am sure many others would enjoy it and the museum. We always stop in Visitor Centers first, too. While I enjoy reading and seeing the exhibits, I am always a fan of the movie(s) if they have them. Good luck with the weather! Have fun!


    1. Crazy Horse – that’s our plan see it from the road. As for the weather, today a high of 39, a low of 21 and snow showers! This is ridiculous! In four years of full time life on the road we never had it this bad. Have a great weekend.

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  2. What? Those temps are crazy. We were very impressed with the Crazy Horse museum and monument. That would be one thing we would love to see again to see what they accomplished since 2013. Stay warm. Here today 92°.


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