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is is a native of Montana. She grew up a on a cattle ranch in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. She attended the University of Montana, spent a semester abroad in Wales and graduated with degrees in photojournalism and art history. Mountains and the West are very important to her. She has traveled worldwide but knows her home is in the American West. She attributes this to her parents spoiling her by letting her grow up horseback riding, back country camping and travel throughout the West. She still enjoys all of these spoils, and loves being able to walk out of her office or house door and go on a hike in the Black Hills without even having to drive to the trailhead. Email this author




Black Hills Winter 2011-12 Predictions

By • Nov 9th, 2011 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

Whether you like it or not, winter is on its way.  I myself am hoping for lots of snow because I love all sorts of winter activities…skiing, snowshoeing, even ice skating. Thinking about some of my favorite sports got me wondering what the “experts” were predicting for this year’s winter. The good ol’ Farmers’ Almanac […]



Sandhill Cranes in the Black Hills Skies

By • Oct 27th, 2011 • Category: Discoveries

This time of year the Black Hills skies seem to be filled with the distinct calls of Sandhill Cranes. Almost every day this week I’ve seen huge flocks of them heading south. You hear them before you see them. They have a loud, trumpeting call with a French-style “r” rolled in the throat that can […]



Halloween Events in the Black Hills

By • Oct 18th, 2011 • Category: Events

Halloween is creeping ever closer, and with it are tons of spooky fun celebrations throughout the Hills. We’ve gathered up the details on the Halloween festivities throughout the region. Attend one or a few for an eerily good time. Belle Fourche – Halloween Parade, Oct. 31. The parade begins at 4:00 p.m. in front of […]



Black Hills Powwow 2011

By • Oct 6th, 2011 • Category: Culture

A splash of vivid colors, intricately crafted outfits and powerful drum and song will be filling the rooms and halls at the Rapid City Civic Center this weekend. The Black Hills Powwow is Oct. 7-9, and it is a wonderful event to go to. There will be many tribes represented from the United States and […]



Grand Opening of Outdoor Campus West

By • Oct 4th, 2011 • Category: Discoveries

Earlier this year I visited Outdoor Campus West in Rapid City. The campus was still under construction, but it looked like it was shaping up to be an impressive facility. And it is. The facility is celebrating the completion of the campus with an Open House this Thursday, Oct. 6th from 4 to 7 pm. […]



Spearfish Canyon Fall Colors Update, Sept. 30

By • Sep 30th, 2011 • Category: Discoveries

This is the weekend! Now through about the middle of next week the colors in Spearfish Canyon will be showing off their fullest, most brilliant hues. Colors elsewhere in the Black Hills are also great right now – Boulder Canyon is bright yellow and the Lead and Deadwood areas are flaunting their colorful leaves. If […]



Spearfish Canyon Fall Colors Update, Sept. 26

By • Sep 26th, 2011 • Category: Discoveries

This last weekend the colors in Spearfish Canyon were pretty amazing. Even better, we were blessed with clear blue skies and temperatures in the 80′s. The bright sunlight filtering through the gold and red leaves made them stand out beautifully against the blue, blue sky. If you weren’t able to make it up into the […]



Spearfish Canyon Fall Colors Update

By • Sep 23rd, 2011 • Category: Discoveries

It’s the first day of fall, and the fall colors are in full swing. Here in the Black Hills, Spearfish Canyon is the best place to experience the full splendor of colors. So far the weather this fall has been perfect with cool nights and warm days with sunny blue skies. The forecast for the […]



South Dakota Photography Week

By • Sep 22nd, 2011 • Category: Events

Governor Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Sept. 26 through Oct. 2 photography week in South Dakota. With beautiful fall colors and a host of events here in the Black Hills, it is the perfect week for photography. The Black Hill Photo Shootout is set for Sept. 30 – Oct. 2. It offers a variety of classes […]