Sunday, June 5, 2022
Temperature 69 Degrees, Sun and Clouds
So we’re sort of sitting on the fence today. Tomorrow is supposed to be our next travel day but the weather report is not good. As of now they are forecasting gusting winds, rain and a possible hail storm. The question is How far north would we have to go before we are out it? We’ll continue to monitor the weather and make our decision tomorrow morning.
A couple of days ago as we were returning from Devils Tower we passed through the town of Sundance and discovered this
and decided that further investigation was needed.
I was curious about The Sun Dance so I did some further investigation. I discovered that Native American tribes periodically performed the sacred Sun Dance, the ritual cleansing of one’s spirit. The ceremonies typically involve singing, dancing, drumming, fasting, and in some cases various participants would claim that they saw visions.
Sundance is named for Sundance Mountain which is directly behind the RV park. The Sun Dance was usually performed on the slopes of this mountain.
And there he is!
Afterwards, to the left of the square we also discovered
The Bison in the first picture was made of old horse shoes. Someone knows how to recycle!
Since we were already here we decided to go take a peak inside.
We learned that the museum was housed in the former Sundance School Building which was constructed in 1923. In 1971 it was closed and fell into disrepair. It sat vacant for many years until 2017 when concerned community members worked together to restore the building to its original splendor. Some time in the past it was given the nickname Old Stoney that
references its stone façade, age and dominant place in the community.
I really got a chuckle when I read this. All I can say is, times have sure changed.
Keeping with the school theme for the time being.
Think about it, if your bedroom was the school room during the day you definitely would not get to sleep in!
Annual school meetings must have been very interesting at times.
What’s so interesting about a broom maker? Nothing really, but
this was something I had never heard of.
Then there was this
And I for one know that they are real because
I actually got to ride one!
Now what is so interesting about this woman?
Sometimes, I guess, you just have to do what you have to do.
Anyone recognize this? A dentist chair with a couple of drills for drilling your teeth. But get this, the drill was foot powered. You pedaled it to get it to work. Here, though, is what’s interesting
Can you imagine having to pedal the drill because doc is too old to both pedal and drill? Oh no, not me that’s for sure.
Well there were other exhibits in other rooms but nothing earth shattering. It was, however, a wonderful way to pass some time. I truly get a kick out of museums like this because they so often reveal a lot about a town or area you are in.
Time now to start getting our affairs in order for our move tomorrow. Rain or no rain we’ll probably go because the weather report is no better for Tuesday. The only thing that would keep us from going would be a hail storm. Fingers crossed that they’ll be none of that.
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.