Friday, June 17, 2011

Scenic? Seen It

Denver, CO

If you ask Google Maps how long it takes to get from Casper, WY to Denver, CO, it will give you a time somewhere around four and a half hours.  I'm currently sitting in Denver - 9 hours after I left the coffeeshop in Casper this morning.  So why did it take me twice as long?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Interesting Days

Casper, WY

A friend said to me the other day, "I like reading your blog because you do interesting things.  If I wrote a blog, it wouldn't be interesting.  Maybe later my life will be more interesting and be worth blogging about."

The thing is... my life is interesting by design.  I made it this way - I made it something that other people would want to hear about.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Best Laid Plans

Piedmont, SD... still

So I was planning on leaving South Dakota tonight and heading towards Wyoming.  I was going to camp in the Black Hills tonight, after grabbing dinner at a place recommended by the food network.  Instead... I'm sitting in the same place as I was last night.  Which happens to be about a foot from where I left my phone charger when I tried to leave earlier tonight.

But before that story, a little about the last 24 hours.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

'Lo There

Piedmont, SD

So a buffalo herd walked around me while I was riding the motorcycle through Custer park today.  I didn't have the guts to get off the bike and get out my real camera, so I took a few with the Droid (they're at the end of the post).  In the last picture, I was actually in front of the car at first, but backed up to get behind him when one of the buffalo started walking straight at me down the middle of the road.  It was absolutely frightening to be in that situation, but kinda awesome in retrospect.

There were probably about 40 buffalo near the road, and another 20 or 30 out in a field that I saw a little farther down.  Quite a few of them were pretty young too - maybe 12 of the 40 I saw on the road.

But I got the last laugh anyway. I had buffalo steak for dinner.

Monday, June 13, 2011


Rapid City, SD

There are no Panera's in this part of the country.  Seriously.  Denver is the only place with one west of Sioux Falls and east of Vegas.  That means my extra time has not been spent at a computer writing blog posts, sorry.

I did spend quite a bit of time doing other stuff today.  Most of my day was spent hiking around the badlands.  For some of the hiking I stuck to the trails, but a few times I also went off them to climb up different features or hike over to a place that looked like it had a good view.  At one point after I had been climbing up to a ridge just off the trail, a family started heading up that way too.  I sort of guided the kids on which way was best to get up easiest, and gave one of them a hand up as well.

Sunday, June 12, 2011


Kadoka, SD

I'm currently sitting in a truck stop lounge watching the NBA finals, which is being periodically interrupted by extreme weather warnings.  A pretty huge storm is blowing through, with 30 mph winds, dark skies, and a lot of lightning and thunder.  We'll see what things look like when it finishes blowing through, but I'm not really going to want to camp I think, so I may see if I can crash in this lounge for the night.

It wouldn't have been ideal, but I would have taken the 90+ degree weather I had last week while I was camping, in exchange for rain when I had houses to stay in.  Oh well, you take what you get.