Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Keeping up with the Blog

Been falling behind a little so decided to catch up.

Traveled up to Keystone the other day. Population of 387 people. Course this is in Winter and not Summer where it swells ups.

Keystone had its origins in 1883 as a mining town, and has since transformed itself into a resort town, serving the needs of the millions of visitors to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, which is located just beyond city limits.


Among its tourist attractions is the Black Hills Central Railroad, built in 1900 for Black Hills gold. It now operates passenger trains pulled by preserved steam locomotives.

Carrie Ingalls (sister of Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder) spent a significant part of her adult life there, living with her husband David N. Swanzey and his children. Her sister Mary Ingalls lived with them for a while and died here in 1928.

This town was one of the filming locations for the Columbia Pictures 1994 comedy film North.
Along with that we took the 1880 Train out of Hill City at $0.0 cost thanks to our VIP pass as volunteers. For that price the ride was worth it. The tour guide was very interesting, but for a train ride – not very exciting. 

The train runs next to lots of private property, so animal life was very low. Except for the 2 legged kind on  motorcycles. 
Seem's one of their friends was riding and they followed the train to Keystone.

Early this morning I went outside for a few minutes and caught these 3 close by:

Today, we took a drive down to Wind Cave National Park. We located NPS 5 dirt road, which led us around and back into Custer State Park. Little did we realize we would get our buffalo fix for the night.

Of course what would our blog be without a Buffalo Herd 

Safe Travels and Journeys 
Susan, Della, Tilly and me.