Sightseeing (and some other stuff) in South Dakota

Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
Trip End Dec 31, 2008

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Rushmore Shadows RV Resort

Flag of United States  , South Dakota
Monday, August 18, 2008

  We've taken advantage of our time here in Rapid City to enjoy the landmarks, National, and State Parks in the area.  Went to the lighting ceremony at Mt. Rushmore one evening - a very moving a beautiful presentation.  Enjoyed driving through Wind Tunnel National Park and Custer State Park yesterday - where I snapped LOTS of pictures of LOTS of bison and pronghorn antelope!  Another neat feature of Custer State Park is the one-lane tunnels (lovingly called "honk holes"), which frame a distant view of Mt. Rushmore perfectly as you drive through them.
   Made a quick decision to go to Black Hills Speedway last night - a local dirt track that ran a great show - if there's a dirt track in the area, you can pretty much assume that we'll get there.
   A bit of a monkey-wrench in the works late last night, after we returned home from the races, as I suddenly suffered an attack of upper abdoment/chest pain, which wouldn't subside...finally, after an hour, we decided I'd better get looked at, so we went to the ER at Rapid City Regional Hospital and pulled an all-nighter.  After some very quick action on the ER personnel's part, I was hooked up to an EKG, and lots of other things I hated, but they were pretty sure pretty quickly that it wasn't a heart problem.  It was finally determined that I had multiple gallstones, and that I was suffering a gall bladder attack...something I'd never experienced before, and never want to experience again!  It was strongly recommended that I get my gall bladder removed - not an emergency, but probably better sooner than later, so we'll probably look into that while we're in Colorado this next few weeks.   Got there at 1 in the morning, got back home at 7 this morning...needless to say, we slept much of today away, and are still a little the worse for the wear!
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