Posts authored by ‘Mat Peters’

Playing Tourist In My Own Backyard Playing Tourist In My Own Backyard By | May 27th, 2014 | Category: Discoveries I recently took the opportunity to take a professional, guided tour through the Southern Black Hills into Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park, and Crazy Horse— An unusual activity considering I grew up here and have been to just about all of our attractions more times than I get asked for directions to Mt. Rushmore. As […]
Breakaways and Bears with the Rapid City Rush Breakaways and Bears with the Rapid City Rush By | Dec 15th, 2013 | Category: Culture, Events A Bear Rush! I love hockey.  I love the atmosphere; the cool air, the sounds of the skates on the ice, the comradery and cheering of the fans. I love to watch the expert finesse of the skating and puck handling, punctuated by an open-ice check or a mid-play fight. Also good to note, I’m […]
Deadweird- and other Black Hills Haunts Deadweird- and other Black Hills Haunts By | Oct 28th, 2013 | Category: Events I finally made it up to historic Deadwood, SD this weekend for their much-anticipated “Deadweird” event. The party included the second annual Monster Ball held at the Four Aces on Deadwood’s Main Street and culminated with the Franklin Hotel’s infamous costume contest. The costumes were excellent. I enjoyed cocktails with a nun, a chicken, President Obama, and […]
Jewel Cave National Monument- Explore and Discover an Underground Wilderness Jewel Cave National Monument- Explore and Discover an Underground Wilderness By | Sep 27th, 2013 | Category: Culture Yesterday I jumped on the opportunity to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for Jewel Cave National Monument’s newly renovated visitor center. I hardly recognized the place with its newly designed interactive exhibits and interpretive panels—there’s even a “crawlway tunnel” which allows kids to practice their caving skills in a more controlled setting. I had no […]
Two-Wheel Touring the Black Hills Two-Wheel Touring the Black Hills By | Jul 18th, 2013 | Category: Outdoor Adventure My name is Mat, and I’m a cyclist. It’s been fourteen hours since my last ride and I’m happily addicted. I also want to tell you about where I live—The Black Hills of South Dakota, and why this region is a happy home for a total bike nerd. Mountain bike trails (Singletrack) in the Black […]
Black Hills Folk Stories: I am Custer State Park Black Hills Folk Stories: I am Custer State Park By | Jul 3rd, 2013 | Category: Culture Craig Pugsley- Custer State Park Visitor Services Coordinator Craig began his career in Custer State Park in 1977. Thirty-five buffalo roundups later, he can still be found working to make sure the park”s 1.8 million annual visitors leave feeling inspired. Here is Craig”s story of living and working in Custer State Park and his love […]
Black Hills Folk Stories: I am Tater Tot Black Hills Folk Stories: I am Tater Tot By | Apr 16th, 2013 | Category: Culture, Outdoor Adventure     Chris “Tater Tot” Pelczarski, 30 — The climber, caver, storyteller, and Chicago transplant chimes in on rock climbing in the Black Hills and the importance of enjoying what you do. I had never seen a cattle guard. I was like, “what’s that metal thing on the road?” I didn’t even know there were […]
Black Hills Folk Stories: I am a rodeo pickup man Black Hills Folk Stories: I am a rodeo pickup man By | Jan 30th, 2013 | Category: Culture At the Black Hills Stock Show Professional Saddle Bronc Match in Rapid City, all eyes are on the bucking chute—anxiously awaiting that 8-second whistle. The crowd claps and cheers the cowboy”s performance, all the while oblivious to the unspoken heroes in the arena—the pickup men. In a rodeo, the pickup man is tasked with rescuing the cowboy after bronc […]
Baby, It’s Dark Outside Baby, It’s Dark Outside By | Jan 2nd, 2013 | Category: Discoveries, Outdoor Adventure We’ve finally made it past the shortest day of the year, but if you’re like me it’s dark before you go to work and dark when you get off of work. A quick Google search tells me it would take an act of Congress to abolish Daylight Saving Time. I’m not holding my breath. So in the […]