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is originally from De Smet, South Dakota, where she spent her time giving Laura Ingalls Wilder tours until she moved across the state to the Black Hills area to attend college. She is a recent graduate of Black Hills University, where she received a bachelor of arts degree with a double major in Public Relations and Spanish. On two different occasions Heather has fed her love of travel as an exchange student: a summer in Japan at age 17, and semester in Mexico in spring of 2008. Traveling and sightseeing are things she plans to keep on her agenda, and she's currently working on applying to graduate school. Heather has loved living in the area the past five years. When not working, she is usually spending time with her friends or reading. Email this author




Now That’s a Harley!

By • Aug 3rd, 2009 • Category: Discoveries

I’m a fan of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, that’s for sure. I’m there every year, checking out the vendors, hitting up a few concerts and, of course, scoping out all of the bikes. I’m by no means a motorcycle expert, but the designs of the bikes are enough to catch anyone’s eye. Especially if it’s […]



Photo Fun in the Black Hills

By • Jul 31st, 2009 • Category: Culture

It always makes me smile to see people surrounding the Wild Bill statue outside of Four Aces in Deadwood for a photo.  Do a search for , you’ll find a good amount of pictures of people riding the huge jackalope in the backyard or sitting on a bench next to one of the many life-size […]



Devils Tower, the 1st National Monument

By • Jul 29th, 2009 • Category: Culture

One of the favorite sightseeing trips I’ve had since moving to the Black Hills was visiting Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming. I’ve you’ve never been there, you should probably be jealous. The site is amazing. Don’t be surprised if you have a hard time taking your eyes off the tower once it comes into […]



John Perrett, aka, Potato Creek Johnny

By • Jul 27th, 2009 • Category: Culture

This past weekend my brother and his family came out to the Black Hills for a visit. After taking a break from the 4-wheeling and grilling, we decided to do some sightseeing. Since my mother was the only one of us who’d visited the grave sites of Wild Bill and Calamity Jane, we decided to […]



That Time of Year

By • Jul 23rd, 2009 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

Anytime I take a ride in the car, I’m usually scoping out the license plates on the vehicles around me to see how many states and provinces I can spot.  Just going about a mile through Deadwood I spotted Saskatchewan, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, New York and Nebraska. I wouldn’t be surprised […]



Enjoy Some Tee Time in the Black Hills

By • Jul 17th, 2009 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

If you’ve read some of my past blogs, you’ve probably gathered that I love the summer in the Black Hills. The majority of my recent writings have revolved around hiking trails, lakes, rock climbing, biking, etc. etc. Well, today while I was daydreaming about being outside, I started thinking about another outdoor activity that I […]



A Great Way to Spend a Summer Day

By • Jul 13th, 2009 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

This summer, I plan to spend as much time as possible at the lake. My friend Brandy and I have already spent our share of days enjoying Iron Creek. If you ask me, there’s nothing better than some sunshine and the sparkling lake water surrounded by the beautiful Black Hills National Forest. I was thinking […]



Chuckwagon Suppers: Entertaining, Fun and Delicious

By • Jul 10th, 2009 • Category: Events

One of my favorite parts of vacation is going out to eat. I’ve never been a fan, or very capable, of cooking. So, sitting down and letting someone else prepare a meal for me has always been a good time in my book. Well, for your next dining-out experience in the Black Hills, you might […]



Warehouse 13 Airs Tonight

By • Jul 7th, 2009 • Category: Culture

I’ve blogged about this plenty of times before, but South Dakota is quite the popular set for movies and television productions, whether they’re actually filmed here or are the inspiration for a Hollywood movie set. Well, it was only a matter of time before the unique location and beauty of the Badlands found itself as […]