First thing I want to do is thank Ms. Tiss Treib for inviting us, hosting us, and acting as tour guide during the Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche last weekend. Here we are in downtown Belle Fourche, South Dakota waiting for the cattle drive.
She was so much fun, and taught me everything I needed to know about the rodeo. Thanks, Tiss!
Kick and I started our ‘second honeymoon vacation’ with a bang on Sunday – we visited an old Minuteman missile silo outside of Rapid City. Kick is reading the dystopian book Wool (where everyone on Earth has to live in a silo) so this was a must-see (for one of us) Hahaha
But it was very interesting, and I learned a great deal about a very scary time in US history.
Then Kick needed a new hat (I brought along four, so he didn’t think I really needed another one.) Here he is trying to decide between a George Strait and a Kenny Chesney. (George won out!)
He did surprise me with a lovely bead for my Pandora bracelet – it’s Black Hills gold, heart shaped – and I love it!
No trip to the Black Hills would be complete without visiting Custer State Park and driving the Wildlife Loop. We saw antelope, prairie dogs, burros, deer, and many, many buffalo. It’s so amazing to see them wandering free and so close to the cars!
Heading back to Keystone, we took the Needles Highway. Wow, it is so impressive! Steep drop-offs, single-car tunnels, and soaring rock formations. I’m glad Kick was driving.
The next morning, we headed up to Mount Rushmore. Truly awe inspiring. There’s a path through the woods that leads you right to the base of the mountain. It’s one of the highlights of our trip.
The Crazy Horse memorial was very interesting, and after a long, hot day, we headed to the Angostura Recreation Area for a swim. (Um, this is your lucky day – no pictures of me in a swimsuit.)
Wednesday morning we met Tiss in downtown Belle Fourche for the cattle drive. Yep, right down Main Street! Cowboys, cattle, horses, and really sharp-looking horns. No injuries, and it was thrilling to see.
Wednesday evening was the start of the four-day rodeo schedule with the Ranch Rodeo. It’s different from the PRCA rodeo, but a lot of fun. The most exciting event was the Wild Cow Milking.
We even took time to do some hiking on the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.
Our last day, we drove through the Badlands. It’s beautiful in its desolate landscape and dry, hot temperature. Almost like being on another planet.
We are seriously talking about going back next year, and maybe inviting all you rodeo lovers out there, too! Wouldn’t it be fun if we could take over a hotel, shuttle over to the rodeo grounds and downtown Belle Fourche, and even out to Mount Rushmore? Click HERE for more 2013 Roundup photos, and get your cowgirl hat and boots ready for the Black Hills Roundup 2014!
“Rode Hard and Put Up Satisfied”
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