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Oct 22, 2019 - Captain's Log - Earthdate 2019.10.22

In my last Log entry, we were parked at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp near Rapid City, South Dakota. We like this area so we decided to do a little more exploring while we had the chance. Our life can be a little bit random and I sometimes tend to make decisions at the last moment, something that can sometimes really annoy Dee Dee. One day, when we got up we decided to go to visit Badlands National Park. Dee Dee was "on-board" with that decision so we bundled up a bit as the weather was starting to get a little cool and the winds only added to the...

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Sep 1, 2019 - Mt. Rushmore / Crazy Horse Monuments

Lots to do here, we will be here for the next 4 days. "EXPLORING" (That means Pictures to come) Wall Drug first because the overcast might make the Monument photos look bad. Still, WALL DRUG.... Need I say more? We went to Wall Drug today and since it is at the edge of the Bad Lands, we did that too. We saw Bison, Big Horn Sheep and Prairie Dogs as well as all the stark landscape the is so beautiful in its Desolate appearance. Hope you enjoy the pictures. The Dogs are going to the beauty parlor tomorrow. Visited Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse...

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North to Alaska 2019

Jun 6, 2019 - Rapid City

Our drive from Bismarck to Rapid City, was for us, a long one. The shortest route between the two towns was about 310 miles. But our Phaeton GPS, knowing we are a motor home, sent us out I-94 and then south on US 81, and then back east on I-90, resulting in more than 350 miles of travel. The trip was desolate and mostly flat to rolling hills. We stopped to switch drivers at a remote little store called "The Mercantile." The place was interestingly quirky, We had some ice cream before moving on. We arrived after 5pm at the Rapid City/Black...

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Jun 2, 2019 - Rapid City, SD May 29 - June 1, 2019

We left Cheyenne, WY early in the morning because we had to go to another location to empty our tanks and then hit the road for a 300-mile day. The drive was no on interstates but US 85 and it was a beautiful drive. Lots of green ranch land and small towns. We thoroughly enjoyed watching the rolling hill, windmill, cattle, horses and buffalo (Tatanka). We are staying at Ellsworth Air Force Base, which I about 6 miles east of Rapid City. The RV park is very nice with great wi-fi and nice long spaces. They have planes and our 1st evening was...

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May 22, 2019 - Interior SD

Day 1, May 18 The adventure begins. We left Merritt Island early this morning for 5 days of interstate driving. The first real stop will be in Interior SD which is just outside Badlands National Park. Day 5, May 22 Arrived in Interior SD this afternoon after 5 days of interstate driving. The trip was uneventful. Fortunately for us I-29 in western Missouri and Iowa was closed about a month ago due to flooding. That caused a reroute which took us north in eastern Missouri then west on I-80 to rejoin the original route. We originally planned...

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2019 Alaska RV Trip

Aug 16, 2018 - Deadwood and More

Much more leisurely paced day than yesterday although it was nearly as long. Originally planned to wrap things up by 5 at the latest but it ended up being 7:30 by the time I got back to the hotel. Started the at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame arriving just as they opened at 9 AM. I thought this might end up be rather lame and that they would simply be capitalizing on the rally. However it was quite well done. Lots of old motorcycles many of them Indian brands but also numerous Harley Davidison and some Honda, BSA, and...

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Aug 15, 2018 - Suddenly There Are Trees

What a looong day! I didn't sleep well last night, then I got a text a 5:30 AM (Mountain time), although in the person's defense it would have been 7:30 at home, and the phone is right by my bed because I use it as alarm. I had scheduled a tour that was going to hit all the places I was planning to go today anyway so I figured I'd let someone else do the driving. Only downside is your time at each stop was controlled by the tour's schedule. In addition to the tour it included a cowboy breakfast, a cowboy dinner, and a 1 hour after dinner...

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Aug 14, 2018 - Where the Buffalo Roam

Due to time zone change, arrived at the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site Visitor's Center right as they opened at 8. There was a film about the cold war which was a bit sobering, especially since even w/ the arms reductions back in the '90s, the U.S. and Russia still have large quantities of nuclear missiles pointed at each other. I recalled some of the drills they discussed in the film from elementary school in the early '60s. The center also had a nice set of displays that discussed the missiles, the facilities, and the...

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Jul 31, 2018 - At Last He Can See!

We drove into town this morning for Don's final eye appointment for the laser treatments. They had told us to allow about an hour and a half, but it only took them 25 minutes from the time he went in the door until he was back again. His vision was blurry at first because of the dilation, but as that receded he was able to see clearly again. This should make a world of difference in his driving! Afterwards we drove to Sams Club to fill up, then to Walmart to get those last few items we always seem to need. Then it was back home to start...

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Jul 29, 2018 - Badlands

We drove to the Badlands today. I had been here before during a family trip when I was 14, so was looking forward to seeing it again. The first thing I noticed was the stark beauty of the place. I don’t think I appreciated it so much when I was 14. Possibly because the wind was blowing fiercely when my parents were trying to set up our tent, and Daddy made each of us sit in a corner of the tent to hold it down. As I recall, he finally gave up, repacked the tent, and we made a quick drive through the park. Today’s visit was much more...

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Jul 26, 2018 - Mammoth Site

Today we drove to Hot Springs, SD to visit the Mammoth Site, an indoor working paleontological dig site and museum. The Mammoth Site is the only late Ice Age facility of its kind in North America. The site was originally purchase by a land developer, who saw the potential for a new residential area. Unfortunately there was an unsightly hill on the property that needed to be leveled off before any other work could be done. In the process of bulldozing the area , the operator struck something that shone white in the sunlight. What he saw was...

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Jul 25, 2018 - Eye Appointment

Well, we had the long awaited and much needed eye appointment today. And sure enough, he needs to have both eyes done. This is scheduled for the 31st. And just as before, I will feel SO much safer when he can see where he is going! The rest of the day was spent with a quick run to Walmart to pick up eye drops. We were assured that they were not expensive because they were generic. Unfortunately I sent Don after the drops. He came back with a name brand which cost $40, and of course would not go back to ask about the generic. Ouch!

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