Rain, Rain, go away - but don't come back just yet

Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2014

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Flag of United States  , South Dakota
Friday, May 31, 2013

As you can tell from the title, we are experience a full day of rain.  It is very interesting how deep the colors of the mountains get in the rain.  Just like making a sand sculpture - dry it is very light, but wet is a much darker color.  I could go around and take all the same pictures and you would think they are different mountains.  But, I won't...

We went to the Minuteman II Missle site that is now run by the National Park Service.  It as quite amazing.  They show you all around the upstairs part which was for the living quarters and the security people and then the actual silo is downstairs where the launching would have taken place if necessary.  Currently only 450 sites are active in this country - down from 1000. Hopefully we will never need them; but if we do, we will be ready!  Nick was going to be a Missle launch operator when he was in the Air Force, so he was very interested in all of this.  Unfortunately for him he had kidney stones and they discharged him. (Who thinks the Air Force knew what they were doing??? - Show of Hands?)...There is another place that you can also see but it is outside so we will save that for tomorrow.  Saturday and Sunday are supposed to be okay.

So here are just a few photos  - these I took on my phone. You will see the mountains in the rain...

This has not been a great last few days for family member - my dear cousin once-removed on my dad's side, one of those relations and a much loved friend and family member passed away this week after a long illness and we just heard that Nick's older and only brother is suffering from congestive heart failure and was admitted last night to a hospital in Tucson where he lives part time.  The prognosis is not good, so we wait and see.

There is something to be said for being "out of touch"...

Stay well
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diane on

Sorry you are having such a stretch of bad weather in a very beautiful part of the country. Also, for the sad news. Will be sending prayers your way.

Pamela on

N & S, many hugs and prayers sent out to you at this time of trials in your family.

Heather Greene on

Dear Sandy and Nick, So sorry to hear your sad family news. The loss of your Dear Cousin and then the news of Egor's health issues. He seems all too young for this kind of challenge. Sending prayers, good thoughts and love your way.

Avery on

Hi friends......Sorry about the family news....but, as my dear Ken kept telling me...this is all part of the deal called life. Stay strong as I know you are and enjoy each and every precious day...NO MATTER WHAT--- YOU TWO!!!! XO Ave

Claudia on

What do they say? Bad news comes in threes. Let's hope that isn't true! You are in our thoughts and have our sympathy. I know we can count on you to keep in touch! Hugs and support from afar!

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