My sister Nancy expressed dismay regarding my continued blogging, saying, "we have become accustomed to fantastic images from Vancouver, what will you have to show us now?" I'll do what I can here is what I have to say about that. Back to the here and now as we work on making the condo our home beginning with filling the fridge and cabinets with food. Pretty exciting stuff actually.
I may have cooked on a fancy gas stove in Vancouver, however, this old version of stove works just fine. Although I made pancakes every few weeks, cooking them in a frying pan with high sides, not the easiest I might add, having a griddle again is like heaven. Plus, I get to see the cool creamer and sugar set Carol gave me some years ago. Oftentimes it is the little things that bring the greatest pleasure. Or, so I think.
photographs here. Wonder of wonders, that post includes some bird photos as well.
Because the big stuff is harder, we began with trying to make the patio and porch more inviting which involved trips to far too many stores looking for cute stuff. We are in what retailers probably call a transitional season, mostly all the summer stuff is long gone, replaced with back to school stuff. Bruce moved the bird bath over to the small area, along with the bird feeder, positioned so he can see it out of his office window. No birds to date, but hopefully soon. He also removed all the plantings and re-did it, nearly finishing, but not quite, in time for the biggest thunder and lightening storm to date. Holy Cow, we were stunned at the intensity, not to mention shocked that we did not lose power.
Other than shopping, fighting traffic, swimming, and the usual cooking and cleaning, things have been quiet here, in part because Bruce was in Boston for the first three days of the week. So, now that we are all caught up with the here and now, let's go back to the trip and more photos that you haven't seen yet.
When last we met, we were just heading into South Dakota with the intention of taking a winding road that went through Deadwood. The plan was thwarted soon thereafter, involving us turning around and heading to Rapid City first, because who knew how long this traffic jam was going to last?
The small city that has sprung up on the outskirts of Mr. Rushmore is called Keystone and it is as touristy as it can be. As we were only about twenty five miles from Sturgis, it is no surprise that there were bikers hanging out.
in this link, should you be inclined to want to know more about a rally of 500,000 motorcycle folks converging on a tiny town in South Dakota.
Seeing Mt. Rushmore from a distance was quite the thrill.
As we were leaving, a troop of SD National guard were making their way in to attend a ceremony in the amphitheater that sits at the base of the monument.
tourist attraction, we actually did some shopping for stuff like tooth paste and the like.
Badlands National Park, as well as the Black Hills, both places that we highly recommend visiting. I kept thinking about how awesome it would be to visit during a dark night when the stars would shine so brightly adding to the otherworldly experience.
at a corn palace on the left and not just any 'ol corn palace either.
A big day traveling through South Dakota which is full of surprises. There tourist tagline is "Great 8". We only saw a few of those but of the ones we saw we would totally agree that they were great!
Only a few more states to cover and the road trip will be over and the posts will become way shorter. Do I hear a sigh of relief?
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