|Bev & Tim Holdahl||at Aabergs, Rapid City||Mt. Rushmore||Custer S.P.||Prairie dog|
Leaving Sioux City 11.AM arrival Rapid City abt. 17 PM
-- The bus went west and northwards not along
Interstate 90. We had the sun in our backs at noon – for such a long
time that I started to wonder whether I had entered the wrong bus.. But when we
made a break at Huron, SD I managed to get the brain and the map more closely
coordinated. At the moment we are heading towards
Pierre (state Capital).
They did not lie, those who told me that the
land went trough a major change when crossing the Missouri River. I snapped a
few photos from the bus, first when
descending the riverwall down to Pierre, later out on the Prairie. Here and
there you can observe watercourses, trees and bushes are sparse – from time to
time we see cultivated land.
Upon joining I 90 the landscape once more
changed. This was near Wall. We climbed on to a big sand deposit (very clearly
fluvial due to different colors of sand). On top of this deposit, we, judging
the map, had entered into ”the Black Hills” area, where Rapid City is a
”traffical belly button”
Arrived Rapid City – bus towards Salt lake City leaves
5.20 PM and I have to change busses in Gilette and Cheyenne in Wyoming.
22. Made some arrangements to get a
copy of my picture-CD. Took a walk around the property, then we left for Mt
Rushmore. Took more pictures. We are now at abt 4000 ft. - I understood the
elevation on the trip downwards. Pine forest and very special geology (hopefully
there will be more about the geology in the pamphlet we got with the ticket)
Carol Ann told me her father had a job offer to be a member of the ”blasting
team” when they constructed the
Custer State Park – saw the rangers, they could tell us where to scout for the different Buffalo herds. We traveled trough the park, clicked more pictures in the ”Needles”. Going south the landscape changed to rolling pine-covered hills (not much water). Beautiful autumncolors! Found the Buffalo heard, then a prairie dog colony – was told the Ranchers are not very friendly with this animal, makes a lot of tunnels underneath the turf, cattle and horses break the legs… Look like some smaller fires have destroyed some areas here. Father and daughter Aaberg has been volunteers in the Fire Brigade. Big fire in the area year 1968, organic topsoil burnt. In ”fire areas” they fertilize and seed as soon as possible to prevent erosion. Here are silt and sandy hills. Surprisingly big mineral crystals in the local granite, it looks softer then our Norwegian. (probably less pressure ??) We are now looking in direction Wind Cave – a deep cave found by a cowboy who lost his hat from the air drift by the cave mouth. Carol Ann’s uncle was ranger in the caves; he later came as a ranger to Devils Tower, WY.
|Buffalo in Custer S.P.||Cemetery, Hot Springs,SD||South Dakota Badlands||Carol Ann & Kent K|
the cemetery of Hot Springs my great grandfather’s first cousin is buried. (Second
pict. from left). He was baptized Engebret like his grandfather, but since his
father was known as Ola Embriksson - and Engebret was the only boy, he was n his
home area known as “Embriksonguten” (Embrik’s sons boy). He and his wife
Tonetta homesteaded near Hot Springs, (picture to the right). I wanted to go out
to a small hill to have a good angle for my photo, when suddenly Carol Ann
called out in a rather warning
tone: “Don’t go there, it’s rattlesnake area!”.
At that moment and for a few seconds more the middleaged man from Valdres ran
like he had fire in his trousers.
At last we ended up at ”aunt Shirley’s”
house in Hot Springs. Her daughter and son in law has a ranch (Hereford and
Angus cattle) northeast of town, has abt. 300 heads during summer. The children
on the ranch, girls, were eager horseriders, so they keep the family tradition
living. The town of Hot
Springs was around year 1900 a popular spa-place. Today, there were abt 4000
inhabitants, and wondering how to benefit on their position in the future –
strategically placed among major tourist attractions in the region.
Wednesday (sept 23) went into Rapid City to by CD-burner for Carol Ann. Met ”aunt Lucille” for coffebreak, left for South Dakota Badlands. Finished with a stop at Wall Drug
|Deb Bush, Hulett, WY||Devils Tower, WY||Carol Ann and nice autumn colors|
Thursday (sept 24) Going into Rapid City for
lunch break with Kent Kennedy. Traveled northwest, came to Sturgis where there
are bikers-meeting in the summer. Every year
500.000 bikers roams around in this area for one week. Then towards
Butte, to the west we saw Terry Peak with its winter sports facilities –
traveled to Hulett, WY, visited Ponderosa Cafe & Bar – met with, and were
served good cakes by Debbie (fourth cousin of my son, she must be). She had
”the blink in the eye”. The ”House & Garden” Magazine had given the
Cafe following testimonial: ”Best biscuits and Gravy west of Mississippi”.