Archives for the ‘Outdoor Recreation’ Category

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 […]
Cowboy Hill cartoons Cowboy Hill cartoons By | Dec 31st, 2008 | Category: Outdoor Recreation [youtube AgKf8-Jav7A] The other day I stumbled across this animated video of the proposed biking and hiking trail system on M Hill in Rapid City. As you know, the hill, also known as Cowboy Hill, has been set aside as a 240-acre park for mountain bikers and hikers. On one side, you can see Rapid […]
Logging leaves its mark — lightly Logging leaves its mark — lightly By | Dec 29th, 2008 | Category: Outdoor Recreation I shot this photo a couple of years ago just south of Mount Rushmore. That’s a tree stump underneath all that lichen and moss. It’s hard to tell when the tree was cut down, but the area had definitely been logged at some point in the past 110 years. In fact, commercial logging has taken […]
Dunrail project is finally ‘Dunfor’ Dunrail project is finally ‘Dunfor’ By | Dec 27th, 2008 | Category: Outdoor Recreation The Dunrail has apparently reached the end of the line. After something like 15 years in an absurd limbo, actor Kevin Costner”s Rapid City-to-Deadwood passenger train project has finally jumped the tracks. Officials in Deadwood recently told the Northern Hills Regional Railroad Authority that the city is going ahead with development plans for land that […]
The Snow Drought is Over? The Snow Drought is Over? By | Dec 20th, 2008 | Category: Outdoor Recreation The Black Hills went through seven lean winters without much snow. But that drought — at least the snow-in-the-Hills drought — ended last winter. And this winter is even snowier. Yesterday I called Linda Ahlers, general manager of the Spearfish Canyon Lodge. She reported that there are areas on the 350-mile snowmobile trial system that […]
Chilly start for snowmobile season Chilly start for snowmobile season By | Dec 15th, 2008 | Category: Outdoor Recreation The Black  Hills snowmobile season got off to a chilly start today. The temperature this morning in Deadwood is 18 below zero. When it’s this cold, Carhartts don’t even cut it. The good news, however, is that the season, which runs Dec. 15 to March 31, is going to be one of the best in […]
Biking to the Four Faces Biking to the Four Faces By | Dec 12th, 2008 | Category: Outdoor Recreation Two of the Black Hills greatest features – arguably — are Mount Rushmore and the Mickelson Trial. Under a new plan under study by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks, the two would be joined by an 8-mile connector trail. There aren’t a lot of details yet. Wyss & Associates, a Rapid […]
Just Like Frosting. But Colder. And Better for Sledding. Just Like Frosting. But Colder. And Better for Sledding. By | Dec 10th, 2008 | Category: Outdoor Recreation 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 […]
Blizzards and Happy Helplessness Blizzards and Happy Helplessness By | Dec 10th, 2008 | Category: Outdoor Recreation Frankly, those of us who live year-around in the Black Hills secretly love a good blizzard. Of course, travel is difficult. Highways shut down. Airports shut down. Even a quick trip to the grocery store becomes impossible. (Stock up on coffee, just in case.)  Shoveling away 3-foot snowdrifts from your driveway can turn you into […]
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