We’re having some extremely nice fall weather in the Black Hills with highs in the 70s, lots of sunshine and not much wind. Perfect weather for hitting the roads with the top down. This is a photo of a stretch of SD Highway 244 behind
Bear Butte is one of the great landmarks of Western South Dakota. This 1400-foot-high butte is the core of an ancient volcano and is clearly visible against the wide open ranges. This view is from the Black Hills southwest of Sturgis. The hills look particularly
Some say October is one of the best times to visit the Black Hills. The weather is usually nice (October, 2013, being a notable exception) and you can take pictures like this. The Harvest Moons of October and November present a striking view as they
There was a time when Western South Dakota was on the front lines of the Cold War and the relics of that time can be found on the prairies throughout the area. It was a time when acronyms like ICBM and MAD were well-known and
After getting nearly five inches of rain in the past few days, most of the streams in the Black Hills are running near capacity.
Now that the sky is starting to clear after two days of rain, the fall colors in the Black Hills are starting to look good. This shot is of Pactola Lake looking north along the Black Hills Parkway (US385) between Hill City and Deadwood.
One of the more enjoyable aspects of living in the Black Hills is that we get to see lots of unusual vehicles. And these track inspection cars that took over 1880 Train tracks in Keystone in September are some of our favorites. Nearly
Cooler weather inspires cuddly chipmunks. The heatwave of last week, 91 on the warmest day, is over and fall weather is starting to break out. This pair seems to have harvested a winter supply of pine nuts and is ready to cuddle up for the
So, if happy campers sleep in beds, one might wonder how they feel about rattlesnakes. It’s been said that rattlesnakes are actually somewhat cuddly, occasionally slithering into an unoccupied sleeping bag. So a word of advice. If you camp in rattlesnake infested areas, check
Badlands of Western South Dakota are looking good this fall with unusually tall and green wild grasses.