Cellpic Sunday – 8 October 2017

Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Last weekend found us in Brandon, South Dakota for a family wedding. The wedding was held late Saturday afternoon so we spent some free time in the morning exploring Sioux Falls. Our first stop that morning was only a 12 minute drive from our hotel in Brandon. Falls Park is a short walk from downtown, covers 123 acres and features the city’s namesake the falls on the Big Sioux River. The falls drop some 100 feet (30 m) over several cascades. Continue reading

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Cellpic Sunday – 17 September 2017

Somewhere over South Dakota.

Last week, two air crews from North Dakota Wing Civil Air Patrol spent some time in Houston working on an assignment from FEMA. I was the pilot for one of those air crews. We were doing aerial survey work tracking the aftermath of the Hurricane Harvey disaster. In a future Journeys With Johnbo, I will share some of my experiences on that journey. Continue reading

Iron Mountain Road – It’s the Journey not the Destination

Keystone, South Dakota.

What’s so special about that tunnel in the opening photo that would cause a perfectly normal person to stand in the roadway to take a photo (and for someone to stand behind her to take another photo?) Look closely inside the tunnel. Here, I’ll help you. Check the photo below using my zoom lens. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 27 August 2017

Keystone, South Dakota.

On this week’s Travel Tuesday, our journey took us to the Mountain of the Presidents, Mount Rushmore. Even though I brought my “good camera”, I know I need posts for Cellpic Sunday. I usually grab a shot or two using my cellphone to feature here. Did you know how long George Washington’s face is?  Continue reading

Mount Rushmore – The President’s Mountain

Keystone, South Dakota.

Every year, more than three million people visit the President’s Mountain nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This year, Lynn and I will be counted as two who have again stopped by. Many people know of Gutzon Borglum was the sculptor of the almost million dollar project that was completed in 1941. However, according to an article linked below, the idea came from Doane Robinson as an attraction to draw people to South Dakota. The idea was obviously a giant success. Continue reading

Deadwood SD – There’s Gold In Them Black Hills

Deadwood, South Dakota.

In 1874, gold was discovered in the Black Hills of South Dakota. By 1876, a creek flowing specks of yellow metal attracted miners. A lawless community grew out of the valley and became what we now know as Deadwood. Along with the miners came those who ‘follow the money’, gamblers, prostitutes, and other opportunists. Some well-known historical names are buried in the local cemetery including Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Continue reading

Sturgis South Dakota – It’s Not All About Motorcycles… Just Mostly

Sturgis, South Dakota.

Synonymous with motorcycles and the great Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for 77 years, Sturgis, South Dakota welcomes bikers by the thousands every summer. Unless you call yourself Ironclad or Stiletto and ride one of those two- or three-wheel bikes, however, you probably want to avoid driving through town during the rally. Indeed, in 2000, over 600,000 were in attendance at the rally, and on its 75th anniversary, over 3/4 of a million people participated during  the 10-day experience. Continue reading