Sunday, September 23, 2007

10:50 am Sunday, September 23, 2007

Aaaaah, another week has slipped by me and now, today is our final day in Denver, CO. My last posting brought you to our stopover in Sundance, WY—a quickie to visit a buffalo jump and Devil’s Tower—both worth seeing. So far, the weather we have experienced has been iffy; some really hot days but a lot more windy, overcast and cool ones. We are “Happy Campers” as long as it doesn’t blow too hard (as it did last Monday when we decided to sit tight in Scottsbluff, NE and wait it out for one more day which was a good decision).

When we left Sundance, we traveled east on another short hop (97 miles) to Rapid City, SD. We stayed in a very nice (although a bit off the beaten path) Coast to Coast park named Hart Ranch. Our little Lone Ranger was indispensable because even running to town for a bite to eat was a 20-mile round trip and the little fellow gets pretty good gas mileage. With our reasonable C to C rates ($10/night inc. cable TV) and Penny the Pace’s gas guzzling behind (bless her little pea-pickin’ heart) parked for a week it was actually a nice break for the budget.

You might remember we spent one week in Rapid City back in June of 2005 while traveling with our friends, Gloria and Les and Ardella and Don. When we realized how close we were while at Buffalo, we decided to go back and spend some time in the vicinity again. Back in 1990, Phil and I were in the area while on our “genealogy jaunt” to Iowa so this was our third visit and it did not disappoint. South Dakota has a treasure in this part of the state and there is no doubt it was just as awe-inspiring as I remembered from former trips.

Please excuse the blue hue to some of these photos. Somehow, we bumped a setting that we did not catch until we viewed the pictures taken when we arrived home. Obviously, the learning curve on our new camera continues to taunt the operators.

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