Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Fun Begins

Well, as promised, we were up early yesterday, Mark and Caden started on the outside of the motor home while I tackled the inside. Both jobs took us most of the day…but now they are complete and the fun can begin.

And that fun started last night with

South Dakota 2009 013a chuck wagon cookout. After getting the wagon set up

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and the fire started, the meal would consist of

South Dakota 2009 032 beans with lots of peppers, onions, and beef tips

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potatoes cooked with lots of onions and bacon

South Dakota 2009 046 steaks that the chef hand cut from a big slab of beef

South Dakota 2009 048 and there is peach cobbler hiding in this Dutch oven.

Wow, what a great meal. And, even

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Caden enjoyed it. In fact, he ate about 4 helpings of beans and potatoes. And he loved the meat that was cooked in the beans. And, I only got one bite of peach cobbler.

Well, after we had all had our fill at dinner, we

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South Dakota 2009 034 looked at the real horses that are camped here.

We also played at the

South Dakota 2009 041 play ground for a little while until it was time for us to make our way

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back to the motor home to get on warmer clothes so we could

South Dakota 2009 050 leave and get over to the laser light show that was being held at

South Dakota 2009 052 The Crazy Horse Monument. They were having a special show last night and a blast. We had a great time in spite of the fact that it was cold. Caden took it all in and was quite a trooper.

While we were waiting for the laser light show to start, we watched

South Dakota 2009 058 the Indians perform some ceremonial dances.

After a late night, we all slept in a little longer this morning. After everyone was up and moving, we decided that we would take a drive to Custer State Park.

After entering the park, we stopped to enjoy

South Dakota 2009 072this pretty little lake. Joe, it was perfect for your boat! We took a walk and saw

South Dakota 2009 077 wild roses growing along the water’s edge and

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this mother duck and her ducklings sitting on the top of this waterfall.

Poppa and Caden then South Dakota 2009 081took a little hike down this trail to get a better glimpse of the water fall

Once they were back to the top of the hill

South Dakota 2009 086 Caden stopped for a short rest on the bridge.

We were then off to drive the wildlife loop, but first we saw a look out that was at the top of a mountain. South Dakota 2009 098Caden says….you guys come on, we still have more steps to climb! And when we got to the top, we were able to see

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all the way across to the Needles and to Mount Rushmore. We barely caught a glimpse of George Washington on the face of the mountain.

Now, we are ready to drive the wildlife loop where we saw

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big horn sheep.

What a day we had. Tonight, Ellie made King Ranch Chicken and salad. I made strawberry shortcake. After dinner we took a walk around the RV park. Before dark, Mark, Jim, and Caden took a drive down the road to look for Elk, but no luck.

It was then time to turn in for the evening. We aren’t sure what tomorrow will bring, but it is for sure that

South Dakota 2009 174 Caden will be ready for another fun adventure!


  1. I will be much happier when the words June and cold make since, right now June and 100's is what we are having. Hope y'all have lots of fun with Caden.

    Stay Safe

  2. Looks like you are having a great time with your family can't wait for my new grandbaby to get here. I sure wish we were having some of your heat. Dortha I gave Lacey your wonder book I bought from you and she loved it.

    Take good care