Did ya miss me??? What! You didn’t even know I was gone??!!?? Sure ya did. Anyhow, these past few days have seen us put on many hundred miles and a couple(!) of seasons!!! Last Monday DH and I left home…….sunny and the prospect of warm temps for the day. Hopping on I90, we pointed our trusty Suburu for the Black Hills of South Dakota. We had the obligatory stop-over at Wall Drug for a great donut and cup of coffee……..and a little leg stretching!!! Note: great gas mileage means very few gas stops!!!!! We made it to Belle Fourche (our destination of choice) by late afternoon and registered at the Sunset Motel on the edge of town. Rob and Patty (owners) are
the best! This is what a small town motel should be: the owners are super welcoming and accommodating, the rooms are uber neat and tidy (and have a wonderfully personal artistic ‘touch’, compliments of Patty’s talents) and the outdoor patio is oh so relaxing……ask me how I know…….. Yes, that is my poor attempt at a ‘selfie’ with DH and I enjoying a quiet moment after a long day’s drive. Me with a glass of lovely wine and DH enjoying his “stogie” (we are “out West”, ya know!!! LOL!). More importantly…….the temp was still 93F!!! Gotta love that, especially since in less than 24 hours a change would be occurring!
We hadn’t brought the motorcycles cuz we had seen the drizzly forecast and had decided to do as much hiking as possible. Little did we know the changes about to happen!
Tuesday dawned drippy and foggy but on up Spearfish Canyon to the ‘Lower Rim Trail’ was our goal. It’s a 3.2 mile loop of moderate difficulty, which suited me just fine as I was not really “shod” properly in my walking (NOT HIKING!) shoes!!!! Oh so foolish!!!! Moving on……… The Fall colors were astonishing…..please, indulge me with a few moments of photos…………………………
You are correct in noticing our rain gear…..a very recent thrift store purchase!!!!!
With the temps in the 50’s, it was the perfect hiking scenario (with the exception that walking/jogging shoes do not do very well on vertical rocky/grassy paths that are quite wet!!). Before heading back to Belle Fourche and our nice warm cozy room, we made a stop on the edge of Deadwood. Two shops have attracted our attention over the years. One is an “antique”/you-name-it type place with the usual stuff plus some rather unique creatures outside to greet potential customers………….
The other…….well, I’ll let the photos do the “talking”…
These two places are conveniently next door to one another. The first has yielded some additions to DH’s license plate collection over the years and the second, well………it stands on its own obvious merits!!!!!!!!
We accessed Wednesday’s weather and decided a day in Rapid City, poking around the little shops, was just the thing as the weather forecast for pouring rain was nearly 100%……..And they were quite correct!!!! AND opportunity to stop by Cabelas and pick up a pair of real water-proof hiking boots was not to be passed up!!!! Purchase made!! Ready for what was next…….see below……..
Mind you, just 2 days earlier, it was 93F and we were enjoying those glasses of wine under that tree!!!! I did visit my fave quilt shop, of course!!!!! The Bakery Fabrics, owned by my friend, Annie, is a ‘must see’ if you are ever in Belle! More on this shop may be found here. “Hello, Annie!”
Ordering on-line is so wonderfully easy and prompt!!! ‘Like’ the shop on Fb and get constant inventory updates….many fabrics that you won’t see elsewhere!!!!!
So……….while the sleet/snow fell outside, we did the ‘inside’ thing.
BUT…..Friday dawned bright and sunny!!! Yay!!!! Onward to the ….. the…..well, not-so-Black Hills…………..
The trail we hiked was in Custer State Park and called “Little Devil’s Tower”…..a short “strenuous” (their description!) trail of a little more than a mile at altitudes over 6,300 feet. Several reasons for this choice and one was that I was sporting very new hiking boots!!!!!! The trail, on this very sunny day, appeared thusly…….
And, so, I will leave you with that last hint of what is coming all too soon around here but, for now, it’s 70F, green and sunny in this beautiful area of S.E. MN, known as the “Coulee Region” and where we call home. Our mini ‘vaca’ ended when we returned home early last evening (Saturday) and slept like proverbial “rocks”!!!!!
Back to my ‘quilting life’ with Spring Grove quilt guild tomorrow. Stay tuned and thank you ever so much for taking time to stop by and visit. Til next time…………