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Old 09-27-2015, 08:03 PM   #309
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You're going to love Custer State Park. Lots of good hiking trails. I might recommend Fred take you to Hot Springs on the southern tip of the Black Hills. You'll find many nice old sandstone buildings to photograph.

Here we are at Big Pine campground a few years ago. It is just west of Custer.

We didn't see one moose while we were there.

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You're going to love Custer State Park. Lots of good hiking trails. I might recommend Fred take you to Hot Springs on the southern tip of the Black Hills. You'll find many nice old sandstone buildings to photograph.

Here we are at Big Pine campground a few years ago. It is just west of Custer.

We didn't see one moose while we were there.

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Thanks for the tips. We were in Hot Springs today. We loved the sandstone buildings.

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Lucy is camped in Custer, South Dakota. We headed out into Custer State Park to partake of some of the wildlife. There were plenty of Buffalo. There is a herd of about 1,500 head in the Park. We also saw quite a few Prairie Dogs. There are a number Prairie Dog towns in the Park. The highlight was an encounter with the Park's "Begging Burros". These animals are not native to the park. In the 1930's a number of Burros were brought into the park by a concessionaire to carry tourists to the top Harney Peak. The concessionaire went out of business and released his herd of burros into the park. The burros in the park today are the descendants of the original herd.

Over the years, these burros have learned how stop cars on the park road and beg for food. They work in teams. One will stand in the middle of the road to stop a car. Two or more of his cohorts will approach the car from both sides and demand compensation for safe passage. It's kind of like a toll that is paid with food.

These guys will eat most anything. People bring apples, carrots, chips, and cookies for them. We brought some apples, but when we ran out, we gave them some granola bars. They really liked these, and Brian developed a number of new very close friends. We stayed until we ran out of granola bars.

We headed back to Lucy, had a nice dinner, and settled in for the night.

Today's pictures include:

- Main Street, Hot Springs, South Dakota.
- Hot Springs Theatre.
- Buffalo in Custer State Park.
- Burros closing in on a target.
- Burros trying to get into Fred.
- Brian entertaining his new friends.
- Brian with more friends.
- Brian's friends checking for more granola bars in Fred.
- Prairie Dog right next to roadway.
- Prairie Dog at his tunnel access.

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Old 09-28-2015, 05:29 AM   #312
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Ahhh, Custer State Park......and those burros.

I still have a bone deep bruise on my leg from one of the big guys who mistook a leash for a snake, I believe.

Once the leash was "dead", all was calm....I just happened to get caught in the crossfire,

Those baby burros are the dearest thing.

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Love Custer SP. This year we stopped on our way out to the Pacific, and were not going back, but we did. Stopped in one of our favorites places - Spearfish City Campground, if you've not been give it a shot. Next door is the DC Historic Fish Hatchery and neat place to visit and there are miles of walking paths in the area one runs along the Spearfish River.

Enjoying your posts, thanks

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Love Custer SP. This year we stopped on our way out to the Pacific, and were not going back, but we did. Stopped in one of our favorites places - Spearfish City Campground, if you've not been give it a shot. Next door is the DC Historic Fish Hatchery and neat place to visit and there are miles of walking paths in the area one runs along the Spearfish River.

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Thanks for the tip. We have not yet decided where we are heading next.

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Just a quick note. We headed out of Custer, South Dakota this morning. We crossed into Nebraska and drove south in Colorado. We stayed on the back roads. We covered almost 400 miles and made camp in Seibert, Colorado.

We got here after dark and settled in for the night.

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- Lucy at campground in Custer, SD.
- 1891 Union Depot in Hot Springs, SD.
- Nebraska countryside.
- Colorado Highway 59.

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Old 09-29-2015, 03:34 PM   #316
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Mooses are hard to find this year. I'm beginning to feel like we are traveling around in circles. If you'd like to change to rabbits, we have a lot of them here this year as well as lots of rabbit brush too. There's also rabbit fever (tularemia).

Banner year for all things rabbit and not so good for mooses.

Does a cross between a rabbit and a frog say "rabbit"?

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Welcome to Colorado. You covered a lot of distance today. Eastern Colorado is exactly like your photograph; flat, arid plains. Cattle country.

My beagle loves to sniff yesterday's rabbit trails. She is a good example of why it takes 30 beagles to hunt rabbits. She gets all excited, runs in circles, "beagling" like crazy, nose to the ground and the rabbit is 15 feet ahead of her trotting off. Hopefully one of the beagles will look up and see the rabbit. Stupid beagle. No wonder why rabbits are doing well.

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Gene,you should have been at the Gros Ventre Campground in Grand Teton NP. We had a huge bull, a cow and two smaller ones in the campground. Walked right by our AS. That bull was a beauty.


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Gene,you should have been at the Gros Ventre Campground in Grand Teton NP. We had a huge bull, a cow and two smaller ones in the campground. Walked right by our AS. That bull was a beauty.


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We packed up Lucy in the rain this morning in Seibert, Colorado. It was still raining when we made our way south on Colorado 59. We were one of the few cars on the road. We continued south to Kit Carson, Colorado where we picked up US 287.

We rode out of the rain on 287 before we hit the Oklahoma State Line. US 287 passes through the Oklahoma Panhandle in about 40 miles. We stopped briefly at Boise City, Oklahoma, and got Fred a tank of Diesel for $2.16/gallon.

We continued south into Texas and on to Amarillo. We have stopped here in a campground for the night.

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We continued south into Texas and on to Amarillo. We have stopped here in a campground for the night.


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Hi, I guess we are sort-of crossing paths; We are headed West on Highway 10 past Houston. We are spending the night in Brookshire, Texas.
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