Monday, April 15, 2013

WHERE, OH WHERE, IS S-P-R-I-N-G??????????????

I have now been in Custer just over a week, and it has snowed a major storm that dumped 18" on us which is pretty well melted away already. Oh, there are still piles here and there, and some still in areas where the old sun isn't reaching, but for the most part that snow is gone........but here we are in a new week and guess what the weather forecast is?? Yup, that's right boys and girls, another major winter storm is on its way in!! This time, it starts on Tuesday and runs for 2 to 3 days, with snowfall totals between 8 and 12 inches!! HUH??? Its the middle of April!!! I'm pretty sure winter is supposed to be FREAKIN OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Meanwhile, I was off all weekend, and went exploring some in the area, and want to share a few pics! The entrance to Wind Cave National Park down the road from Custer. A truly beautiful place, practically deserted of humans but loaded with wildlife! Thats the Beaver Creek Bridge............ Seems to be wild horses everywhere I go here.....there were a bunch at the Badlands, and here was this one, grazing a long ways off the main road, but I got him with my zoom! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Well, thats it for today! Just going to hang out in the STEALTH camper and let the snow fall......but I will be back! Take care everyone.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

What a snow storm!!

It started on Monday evening, and went for the better part of 2 days nonstop!! When it was all said and done, we ended up with 18 inches of snow here in Custer!! The roads were a mess, but the crews quickly got it under control! Just this past Sunday, I was setting outside drinking coffee right here!! About mid afternoon, I cruised up to Mt. Rushmore because I wanted to see what it looked like with all the snow.....the roads were in really good shape, and I had the place almost to myself!! Such a beautiful part of the country, these Black Hills!!So happy to be here!!!

Monday, April 8, 2013

The beauty of the Badlands

Took off at daylight this morning to go and explore the Badlands.....a short drive from Custer and it started out real nice and not to chilly. It seemed I had the countryside all to myself, until I rounded a curve and found this character...... He was grazing along the edge of the road, and seemed oblivious to my prescence for at least 15 minutes. The buffalo by the way have the right of way here, and do not like it when you honk your horn or holler at them! I didn't do either by the way!! He finally looked my way, snorted, and ambled into the grass, stopping only to give me "the look" as I snapped his picture. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A few miles farther along, and I saw some people stopped and out taking pictures and pointing....pointing at what I didn't know until I in the distance, there were at least a dozen horses, apparently wild and free, grazing......I had to zoom the full 30x to get this, but it was worth it! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The sun was now out nice and bright, but still very few people here.....still early in the season. I continued my drive, enjoying the scenery, looking for that one shot that would sum up my visit..... Pretty cool huh?? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- On my way back to Custer this afternoon, I got off US16 and onto SR244, which is the main drive by Mt. Rushmore. Again, virtually no other cars out here but mine, so waited until I had just the right spot for the perfect shot.... And then just another mile along got this one, much closer, but still had the zoom on full power..... ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ And that pretty well wrapped up my is to change drastically tonight into Tuesday, with up to 15" of new snow and dangerous bitter cold winds! May hibernate the next few days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Greetings from South Dakota!

Hello all!! Yeah I've been off the blog awhile, but am back at it again, trolls be damned! Got bored setting around the midwest watching it snow then warm up and then snow some more!! YUCK!! Decided it was time to take the STEALTH trailer on the road again and use it for why I had it built in the first place---to go and explore!! Have accepted a workamping gig in Custer, SD for the season, and have arrived safely this morning.......I was out here 2 years ago, at a bookstore up the road a bit at Mount Rushmore, and loved every minute of it! Now I am farther south about 20 miles and as I was coming in this morning just had to pull off and snap this beauty...thats Crazy Horse Memorial, from about 2 miles away at 20x zoom......they are definitely making progress, but have a long way to go! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Will check back in after I get settled in and situated. Take care everyone!!