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We spent four days relaxing in Spearfish, South Dakota. A beautiful city campground in a beautiful city. Our site was next to a fast running creek and the bike path. The McNenny Fish Hatchery is on site which we toured and learned about how they hatched and raised trout. One day we drove the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway that took us by Bridal Veil Falls and into the city of Deadwood. In Deadwood we rode the Trolley and had lunch in Longhorn Saloon. A great time in the Old West.
What state is the nation's second-largest oil producer (after Texas)? North Dakota! U.S. oil production is growing rapidly and has increased by 40% since 2008. In the not-too-distant future the U.S. will cease to import foreign oil. U.S. presidents will no longer need to bow respectfully to the Saudi-Arabian king. What a change compared with the 1970s!
North Dakota's oil region stretches north and west ...
... There is also a Harley that belonged to a SD Senator that has logged over one million miles in support of numerous causes around the country. There are a number of saloons with interesting names, like the Knuckle Saloon which takes up a city block. Like the streets, they are almost vacant now, but come Bike Week the average waitress will make $4,000 to $5,000 in tips and bartenders make enough to support themselves for the rest of ...
... down the road. The donkeys are used to human interaction and apparently get a lot of handouts from tourists. I lowered the window to capture a closeup and was nearly accosted by an aggressive begging donkey….roll the window back up. A little further down the road and one lone buffalo wandered along the roadside, playing hooky from the roundup. The “Wildlife Loop” was living up to its name.
Next up, Crazy Horse ...
Today we went deep into the blackhills to see the granite faces at MOUNT RUSHMORE, a monument to four American presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt. We had a great lunch of Pot Roast and Berry pie at the centre restaurant (best food so far).
Afterwards we visited Tatanka where the story of the bison was on display. Kevin Costner (Running of the Wolves) built the museum. Here an Indian was our guide and he informed us ...