Spearfish, South Dakota

After leaving Colorado, spent the next evening in Cheyenne, WY at the A B Campground, then headed north into Spearfish, SD.

While in SD, we camped at Chris’ Campground in Spearfish. You don’t normally think about service when you think of a campground, but each of the places we’ve stayed along our travels have been wonderful. This one, for example, I was taken for a golf cart ride (while Chase & Marcus sat in the truck and waited) with one of the owners, Lanna. She showed me all of my choices for sites while discussing our favorite and least favorite chefs from the food network. We’ve been here 2 days now, plan to stay a few more, and they haven’t let me pay yet. I needed ice this morning, and she said she’d add it to my tab. There are so many wonderful and helpful people in the world. It’s nice to come across them in our travels.

While in South Dakota, we visited Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and Custer State Park with it’s wildlife loop, and then home via the Iron Mountain Road and it’s “pig-tails”. We saw bison (aka buffalo), prong horns, prairie dogs, turkey, deer, and wild burros set against an expansive background of meadows and rocky mountains. We dined at Amelia’s where chef Eddie Coto, a friend and ex-intern of Chef Marcus’ from Key West is now. We spent one day driving around the Black Hills on dirt roads stopping and spinning our pans in the many creeks. Some of them produced gold. It was such fun. The very last thing we did was stop at a western shop for Chase. He’d hunted for his wallet and piggy bank this morning before we left collecting all of the money he’s saved. When I told him he wasn’t going to need his money in the woods, he replied that he was going to buy a cowboy hat and clothes today. So, after a long day in the woods, Chase got his wish. Just wait ‘till I get some pictures of Cowboy Chase. All he needs now is a ranch and some horses & cows. He already told me now he’s going to get a horse. I reminded him that the camper was a bit too small for a horse. He laughed and rolled his eyes. I bet first thing tomorrow morning, he’s dressed like a cowboy and ready to go…

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