Archives for the ‘Outdoor Recreation’ Category

A Little About Spearfish Canyon A Little About Spearfish Canyon By | Feb 6th, 2009 | Category: Outdoor Recreation I realize I’ve been wondering about many things lately. … Where caves come from, what exactly is a ghost town, what ever happened to Sue the T-rex….As I was driving today, I passed the exit leading to Spearfish Canyon and realized I really knew nothing about the area. I’ve taken many drives through the canyon […]
Underneath the Surface Underneath the Surface By | Jan 28th, 2009 | Category: Outdoor Recreation So, a couple of days ago I was wondering how Deadwood came to house so many casinos. Today I’m wondering why the Black Hills have so many caves. Well, here is what I learned today…… One of the main reasons we have such a large system of caves is due to Limestone. Limestone is a […]
New route(s) to Rushmore New route(s) to Rushmore By | Jan 25th, 2009 | Category: Outdoor Recreation Last week I got a peek at the four options for a new extension of the Mickelson Trail to Mount Rushmore National Memorial. I didn’t get a chance to talk in any detail with the folks at Wyss Associates, who are doing the leg work on the project. But they did give me a map […]
Have You Met Sue? Have You Met Sue? By | Jan 19th, 2009 | Category: Discoveries (WordPress), Outdoor Recreation Big things come in small packages.  This includes the skeleton of a 13 foot high, 42 foot long Tyrannosaurus rex found just outside of the small ranching community of Faith, near the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation.  Have you had the chance to meet Sue the T-rex? Sue, who inhabited the Black Hills some 67 […]
Talk about a Snow Job Talk about a Snow Job By | Jan 17th, 2009 | Category: Outdoor Recreation How much snow is too much snow? The answer depends on what you happen to be holding in your hand. A ski pole? There’s never too much snow. A snow shovel? We’ve had quite enough, thank you. You can find both opinions in ample supply in the Black Hills this winter of 2008-09. The Black […]
2008-09 a winter to remember 2008-09 a winter to remember By | Jan 16th, 2009 | Category: Outdoor Recreation We’ve been going on and on all winter about how snowy it seems to be in the Black Hills This winter. Now it’s official: The federal National Resources Conservation Service reported that the snowpack in the higher hills is off to its best start since about 1996. The season got off to a snowy start […]
The Black Hills to the Extreme The Black Hills to the Extreme By | Jan 12th, 2009 | Category: Events, Outdoor Recreation Team South Dakota members are, from left,Dan Jensen from Sioux Falls, Gary Haven, Paulette Kirby, and Lisa Gustin all of Rapid City. South Dakota has long attracted tourists from all over the world.  The state has a little bit of everything: Hunting, fishing, hiking, history, scenery, wildlife, etc.  But more than the usual history buffs, […]
Snowshoeing is a Walk in the Park Snowshoeing is a Walk in the Park By | Jan 8th, 2009 | Category: Outdoor Recreation With this winter’s heavy Black Hills snowfalls, 2009 might be a good year to give snowshoes a try. And the Mickelson Trail folks will help you get started. I didn’t know this until recently, but the Black Hills Trails Office has snowshoes that you can check out for an afternoon. According to Dana Garry, Mickelson […]
Fire Photos. Don’t Worry, It Was On Purpose. Fire Photos. Don’t Worry, It Was On Purpose. By | Jan 6th, 2009 | Category: Outdoor Recreation 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. […]
Winter Hiking — Not So Bad Winter Hiking — Not So Bad By | Dec 31st, 2008 | Category: Outdoor Recreation Last weekend I rediscovered the joys of winter hiking in the Black Hills. In recent years, I’ve gotten a bit lazy and spent most of my winter time walking around Rapid City or sometimes venturing up Dinosaur Hill. But really, the dead of winter is a great time to hike. And depending on where you […]