Archives for the ‘Outdoor Adventure’ Category

Dunrail project is finally ‘Dunfor’ Dunrail project is finally ‘Dunfor’ By | Dec 27th, 2008 | Category: Outdoor Adventure 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 Adventure 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 Adventure 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 Adventure 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 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 […]
Blizzards and Happy Helplessness Blizzards and Happy Helplessness By | Dec 10th, 2008 | Category: Outdoor Adventure 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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