Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Night at the Rapid City Elks and Exploring Deadwood, SD

We had some work done on the coach at Eddie's Truck Center in Rapid City, SD (great folks, we have routinely used Eddies for any Freightliner or Diesel work we need), and while in Rapid City, decided to stay at the Rapid City Elks lodge which is a wonderful facility with a small RV Park, golf course and restaurant. The lodge grounds are in wonderful condition as you can see from these pictures.

We had no problem parking and enjoyed the 50 amp service and water. Plus, Rick enjoyed a round of golf on the beautiful course. A great day all the way around.

There were many flowers blooming in the area and we really enjoyed our walk. Cody was really impressed with the flowers and the friendly people that stopped to pet him.

After getting the coach ready to roll, we headed to Deadwood, SD. Talk about a real piece of history! This is the town where Wild Bill Hickok was murdered (and is buried in the town cemetery). We stayed at Whistler Gulch RV Park located at the south end of town and on the local trolley line which is a great way to explore the town.

Once we got downtown, we found out that "Wild Bill" days were underway. One of the surprises was the Dock Dog exhibit that was right on Main Street. These dogs were really eager performers and launched themselves into the pool with joy. Lots of fun to watch.

Rick thought this was great and reminded him of Cody (a few years ago) who could also dive off of the dock to make a retrieve. Of course, Rick told Cody all about this !

We also drove through the beautiful Spearfish Canyon area. You can see why these are called the Black Hills since the dark colored rocks and dark green spruce trees give the mountains a dark appearance. This really makes this area magnificent and a great place to take a scenic drive.
One of the top attractions in the Canyon is Bridal Vail Falls -- easy to tell where it got that name. This falls is right next to the road and easy to see. Beautiful area.

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