If you love old steam locomotives… then this Post is for you! Around our country are still several old railroads… working steam locomotives… relics from our country’s early days when the Railroads represented far horizons beyond one’s village limit. A steam train’s whistle would bring village kids running to the train station, to see the huge behemoth of metal… belching smoke, huffing and puffing its way thru town on its way to the next town.
Rapid City, SD is home to Ellsworth Air Force Base… a former Minuteman Missile Base and today one of two remaining B-1 Bomber bases. At the Entrance to the base is the very excellent South Dakota Air and Space Museum. Alice and I had the opportunity to take a tour of the Base, and it’s associated Air & Space Museum, accompanied by our Good Friends from Hart Ranch, Mo (Morris) and Judy Jones. Mo served 20 years in the United States Air Force, much of it here at Ellsworth, before retiring as a Master Sergeant.
The Black Hills are a land of many varied & different landscapes. Mountains of the 7,000 foot range… canyons, cliffs, lakes, streams, Gold! All one has to do is take a drive in the mountains and soon a beautiful scene will come into view. South Dakota’s Custer State Park (CSP) is located in the Black Hills… and provides protections for wilderness land and wildlife. Here are some pictures from a hike that Alice & I recently undertook in Custer State Park… Iron Creek Trail #15. Enjoy!