Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A trip to Deadwood with friends

Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort
Custer, SD

We're on the downhill slide here in Custer.
3 more weeks and we'll be heading out.

Our first stop will be Amarillo.
Since I'm on Obamacare (yuck, 5 more years until Medicare!),
I have to get any medical care in Texas.
My 'former' doctor has left the practice in Livingston.
I had to pick a new doctor on the HMO,
and found one in Amarillo.
We decided Amarillo would be convenient from here,
then we can shoot across Hwy 40 to California afterwards.

We're still not sure where we'll go in California,
still praying for a job there.

So on to yesterday's fun..

Since we've been full timing we've met lots of nice people.
George and I have been following the adventures of
Ray & Wendy Wright since they went full time
around the same time we did.
They work in Custer every summer
at the Custer State Park campgrounds.
We finally were able to meet them yesterday!

They picked us up around 9 am,
and we headed towards Deadwood.
It's been on our list to go to,
and the weather was perfect, sunny and in the 70's.

We stopped at Pactola Reservoir to tour the visitor center,
and see the lovely vistas.

We were surprised to learn that all the lakes in the Black Hills are man made.

A few minutes later we were in Deadwood.
We stopped first at the Days of 76 Museum.

It began as a way to honor Deadwood's first pioneers.
The museum features items from the gold rush of 1876,
as well as original wagons and a history of the rodeo.

This was the typical amount of supplies for 3 months
for the prospectors to use.

I don't think these prospectors would have made it :-)

There was a great Native American area
with some artifacts and information about the local
Lakota tribes.


We both loved the picture from 1939,
the 16th annual Days of '76.

The section about the rodeo was interesting..
Day's of '76 has been in existence for 94 years!

There was a great exhibit about one of the most important
people at the rodeo, the rodeo clown!

 Not a rodeo clown :-)

The wagons were so cool to see!
All of them are in the Days of  '76 parade.

After we made our way outside, we noticed an event
going on in the arena.
We caught the last couple minutes of a steer roping contest.

 We never did find out why the steer seem to have horns 
strapped to their heads.
I know it's easier to rope them, but they look a little silly!

We headed our way up Main street to check out the buildings.

We really enjoy walking the streets of Deadwood.
There are so many cool buildings there..

Ray & Wendy suggested we pop into the Stockade
for some beer and music.


The guy singing was pretty good,
if a bit R rated :-)
We enjoyed it though!
We all had a good laugh, 
and good lunch there.

We walked around some more,
then headed home.

George and I are so glad we finally got
together with Ray & Wendy.
They are great people,
and we're anxious to see them again
before we head down the road!


  1. We loved that area. You did a lot more then we did but we did eat at one of the saloons. lol (the one that burnt down or had a fire a couple years ago). Have fun!

  2. Great last picture of your friends. Love all those old coaches. What do you mean not a rodeo clown. Looks like one to me. Enjoy the rest of your countdown.

  3. As much as you enjoyed those old wagons, I think you need to stick with your fifth wheel... ;c)

  4. Gotta tell you..... you saw some sites we've never seen in Deadwood. We were disappointed last time there.... gotten so commercial.

    On the count to move, eh? Yup that old Hitch Itch will get you every time.

  5. What an enjoyable day for you all. It's so much fun to explore with friends!

  6. Those stagecoaches are really cool. But I'm really glad I didn't live back then and have to ride in one.