• Adventures,  SD/Devil's Tower

    Bison, Begging Burros, & a Big Presidential Rock

    Sunday. September 10, 2017. Horse Thief Campground. Today was eventful, and a whirlwind of events essentially, constantly changing. We started off the day early this morning planning to hike Black Elk Peak with an elevation of >7000ft. We made it about 1/4 of the way up the 5 mile hike up from the north side, before accepting the fact we did not bring enough water or a packed lunch for the time required. So, we plan to go tomorrow with my pack fully, if not overly, prepared. It is a good thing we did turn back though. Because we went to Mt. Rushmore afterwards, and while leaving there, it began…

  • Adventures,  SD/Devil's Tower

    Caves & Crazy Horse

    Saturday. September 9, 2017. Horse Thief Campground. We did more than we originally anticipated today, always a good achievement, especially on a road trip. We started the day at Wind Cave, and did the natural entrance tour. It was a little over an hour and covered approximately 1/2 mile. We had a Puerto Rican as a guide, who used to give tours at one of the old Spanish castles in San Juan. He is very good at his job; being both comical and informative, and is great at storytelling. I got to lead the group down the first long set of stairs, which solidified my place at the beginning of…

  • Adventures,  SD/Devil's Tower

    Devil’s Tower

    Friday. September 8, 2017. Wind Cave. Today we woke up late, 1000 here. I basically drowned on snot in the middle of the night and had to walk a decent trek to the bathroom, so I did not sleep well at all. It was nice to get some sleep finally, even broken rough sleep, but we fully intended on getting an earlier start hiking. It did not end up being too big of a deal though. It was hot on our hike up to and around the base of Devil’s Tower, but not unbearably so. Maybe due to my experience with a heat wave in Cali in June I have…

  • Adventures,  SD/Devil's Tower

    On the Road Again

    Thursday. September 7, 2017. Devil’s Tower. Hey! Here I am on another trip, surprise! At the beginning of the summer, Sissy and I had discussed wanting to go on a road trip. I had suggested a couple places that were all within reasonable driving distance; the Virginia’s, Smokey Mtns, or South Dakota. She most liked the idea of going out west, so we planned a week we could both get off work; and here we are now, sitting at a picnic table in the eastern part of Wyoming. I worked Sunday, Monday, Tuesday this week; so I got off work yesterday morning, slept until around 3pm, and got up to…

  • Adventures,  SF/Yosemite

    Just Traveling & Reflecting

    Sunday. June 25, 2017. An airplane. The last 2 days have been filled with traveling in the most boring sense. I left Yosemite yesterday at 0930, got to the Amtrak at 1313 and waited for 2 hours before boarding. I then took the Bart into San Francisco to get checked into my bunkhouse after 2000. This morning I woke up at 0645 to eat breakfast and buy SF souvenirs before heading to the airport at 1230 (all made more difficult by the pride parade happening in the home of the first LGBTQ community.) My first flight was delayed 45 minutes and then my second flight by 2 hours and 45…