06 September, 2016

A little more summertime....

My little town is showing signs of Autumn. Trees are golden; the grasses are brown with splashes of yellow and red. Tourists are headed back to their lives and some local businesses are getting ready to close for the winter.

I love the changes each season brings to the Black Hills landscape, and Miss Ellie loves to wear her boots and jacket.  Perhaps I enjoy the differences because I moved here from the Arizona desert, where seasons don't really mean much. It isn't as hot for a few months a year, and spring flowers briefly color the cactus.

September does find me wishing a couple weeks in August could last a bit longer. :) It is a gray September day today; I heard this song and smiled. Lots of laughter, new memories and the magic sleeping couch. Perhaps  a new song for my favorite guy? I'll check with the penguins....

I brace myself against the cold
And let his memory take hold......

30 August, 2016

Rush hour in the Black Hills

Here they come!!

8:00 AM rush hour here in my little world. My breakfast appointment was delayed, but it was worth it. Amazing creatures, these buffalo. 

They were really close!

19 August, 2016

Please come to the Black Hills...

Now, this drifter's world goes 'round and 'round
And I doubt it's ever gonna stop
But of all the dreams I've lost or found and all that I ain't got
I still need to lean to
Somebody I can sing to....

There ain’t no gold and there ain’t nobody like me...
I’m the number one fan of the man from Illinois. :)

22 July, 2016

God Bless

The summer of 2016 will go down in my memory book as one of the most enjoyable since I was a child. Peaceful bike rides through the beautiful Black Hills, hikes, playing with my adorable dog. Picking wild raspberries, working on projects around the house, and chasing my dream of success as an artist.

I know none of this would be possible without God in my life. I remind myself every day how blessed I am to live here, to be a part of this country where I can still dream. To be able to worship as I wish and enjoy the freedom that so many before me fought and died to achieve.

Thank you, God. :)

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. 

Philippians 4:12-13

05 June, 2016

Crazy Horse

There’s so much to do here...today is the bi-annual Crazy Horse Volksmarch (an organized hike), a 10K or 6.2-mile woodlands ramble to the world’s largest mountain carving in progress in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota. I’ve hiked this once or twice a year since I moved here, and it is always a treat. It averages two to four hours ( I’ve done both times; depends on chatty I am!!) to complete. I quickly learned to pace myself due to the terrain and peak elevation (nearly 6,500 feet above sea level).

Some trails are dirt and gravel work roads that lead up to the Crazy Horse mountain carving. Today’s trail was a bit different, more twists and turns and ups and downs; narrow foot paths through the woods along the base of the mountain. The turn-around point is on the arm of Crazy Horse directly in front of the nine-story-high face, which was completed June 3, 1998. It is an amazing up-close view of the mountain and a view of the surrounding hills that is unavailable to
anyone unless you participate in the hike!
Work continues on the rest of what will be the largest sculpture in the world.

A great workout, a beautiful day, with a local mountain goat
adding to the ambiance. :)