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is a fifth-generation South Dakotan, grew up exploring the forested gulches of the Black Hills. While studying at Oxford University, Dustin discovered the amazing combination of student discounts and the European rail system, and set off to see the continent. Eleven countries, five trains, a Greek fishing boat and several pubs later, Dustin realized a deep affinity for travel. Although he’s journeyed across three continents since then, the Black Hills remain one of his favorite places to explore. Now a member of the Western Writers of America, Dustin has penned several travel guides on the Black Hills, Badlands, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming for publishers including Fodor’s and Globe Pequot. Email this author




Facebook Picks on South Dakotan for Lakota Name

By • Feb 9th, 2009 • Category: Culture

I’m a bit of a Facebook junkie. It would be easy to blame Mousehunt, an oddly addictive little game cooked up by a small Canadian company (there’s always a Canadian to blame, isn’t there?) Alas, I was drawn to Facebook long before Mousehunt came along, and if all the Facebook games dropped off the planet […]



Fire Photos. Don’t Worry, It Was On Purpose.

By • Jan 6th, 2009 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

I was on my way home tonight and noticed some strange lights hovering above Sturgis. It wasn’t Mister Spock – it turns out the U.S. Forest Service did some prescribed burns this afternoon, and a few of them ran a little late. The result was a nice orange glow on the hills in Boulder Canyon. […]



NASA Satellite Shows Black Hills From Space

By • Jan 6th, 2009 • Category: Discoveries

CLICK ON THE PHOTO ABOVE TO VIEW MORE NASA IMAGES OF THE BLACK HILLS. NASA is good for all kinds of things. Researching the origins of the universe, for example, or promoting international cooperation. And sure, those things are great and noble and all, but when it comes down to the cool factor, it’s NASA’s […]



Shave and a Haircut? No, Just an Abandoned Mine.

By • Dec 31st, 2008 • Category: Discoveries

Dan has been a video-posting fool, so I thought I’d jump into the party and add one of my own. Jerry Bryant, our friendly neighborhood archeologist, passed along this MySpace vid of the entrance to the Two Bit mine just a couple of miles outside Deadwood. The camera person doesn’t go past the entrance, but […]



A Tour de Christmas Lights Without Getting Cold

By • Dec 23rd, 2008 • Category: Discoveries

Let’s face it – it’s wicked cold outside. Way colder than normal, and not just in the Black Hills. Everyone in the country seems to be chillier than average, as the poor folks at Soldier Field found out last night firsthand during the Bears-Packers game. The ESPN camera crew would pan over the crowd and […]



Just Like Frosting. But Colder. And Better for Sledding.

By • Dec 10th, 2008 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

Remember oobleck? No, not the non-Newtonian fluid. The Dr. Seuss-invented kind of weather. It goes something like this: once upon a time, a king got tired of rain and snow and sleet – boring weather – and had his magicians invent oobleck, a sticky green glob that fell from the heavens and caused havoc. There […]



New Black Hills Package & Hotel Reviews Online

By • Jul 25th, 2008 • Category: Uncategorized

I got a call late yesterday afternoon from my friend Kenny over at BlackHillsVacations.com. They’ve just launched a new feature that allows visitors to the site to write reviews of hotels, attractions, special events – even entire vacation packages. Just click on the tabs for packages, lodging or activities, and you’ll see reviews start to […]



Astraware Brings Mount Rushmore Fireworks To You

By • Jul 2nd, 2008 • Category: Uncategorized

[youtube _fUoJHjbQgI] Holidays inspire all kinds of gimmicky things. Peeps, for instance, are at the top of my list of favorite holiday tackle, as are those chalky Valentine’s Day hearts, thanks mostly to this episode of Futurama. (“This concept of ‘wuv’ confuses and infuriates us!”) It doesn’t really matter that even the most entertaining of […]



Nicolas Cage: ‘No One Knows How Beautiful the Black Hills Are’

By • Jul 1st, 2008 • Category: Uncategorized

Merci beaucoup to my friend Mason for finding this clip, which may be the most inspiring video I’ve ever seen about the Black Hills. You know, in that completely un-hokey kind of way. Seriously, I was a bit surprised this didn’t turn out cheesy, but it’s actually quite good. Up on the IMDB under the […]