Hello from PAGOSA SPRINGS, COLORADO! We are finally here! Four days late but better late than never.
Enough words - (Mieke these are for you!) Here is a little more of what we've been up to. What an awesome, awesome trip so far!
WELCOME TO STURGIS!
Home for 5 days. Spearfish, So Dakota.
About 15 miles west of Sturgis.
Not in the heart of all the action,
which is what I wanted.
Our first ride took us up to the tiny town of Deadwood.
This poor little town was bombarded with riders.
But they love it!!!
And what a sight to see!
Annette, me and Sheryl.
Where are JD and Pam?
So we stop into this incredibly packed saloon because we are all starving.
Apparently it is the very saloon where Wild Bill Hickok was killed!
Here is the actual chair he was sitting in.
And these were the cards he was holding.
For anyone who plays Poker, you know it is now known
as the "Dead Man's Hand"
Leave it to Annette to drop $20 in a slot machine and win $320!
We went to the Mt. Moriah cemetery in Deadwood.
(I could've walked around here for hours!)
Guess who is buried here?
Well, Wild Bill of course!
And in the plot right above him?
Calamity Jane!! What a pair!
On our way home we stopped at Kevin Costner's
"Tatanka!" Museum of the Bison.
It is an absolute MUST SEE!!!
Anyone recognize these costumes?
Dances With Wolves is my FAVORITE movie.
No, this is not the teepee used in the movie.
The one they used in the film is in Douglas WY. (I will post it later.
Of course I had to go SEE it! TOUCH it!
KEVIN COSTNER was in it!!! Holy Cow!!! )
The absolute main attraction of the museum,
besides all the artifacts and all the history he has
incorporated into the entire place, is the large
multipiece sculpture called "Buffalo jump".
It is outside and you have to walk around this little hill and suddenly!
You see it!
It absolutely stops you in your tracks!
Life size, and just . . . there are no words.
You could've heard a pin drop while discovering this sculpture.
It leaves you . . . in awe of the magnificent animals.
In awe of the people who hunted them.
In awe of how it must've looked, with the hunters
herding them over a cliff to their death.
Until the white man came, and slaughtered both
the red man and beast.
A part of history that is yes, however unfortunate,
necessary for us to be here today.
But, embarrassing just the same.
Why could we not just leave the Indians to live their lives
and move on to another place?
OK, I'm not going to get started . . .
So the next day we were riding along this road when - there!
I see it!!! (enlarge the pictures! Look hard!!)
Here you go!!
We parked all the bikes and headed on in . . .
(Don't know who any of those people are)
Mark and I. Like his new "rag"?
If you've ever had helmet hair - you'll understand.
I must admit, I was truly surprise at how SMALL it is.
I mean, I know it's huge, but I thought it would be HUGE.
The history book pictures are deceiving.
So - what you need to remember is, this is "Bike Week" in Sturgis, So. Dakota.
500,000 motorcycles descend upon this town.
So does the partying and "interesting" looking people.
So the guys, in fun - bought the girls these shirts.
I will never, ever wear it again.
I kept my vest on ALL DAY to cover it up.
I was so embarrassed just taking this one picture.
There were so many kids around . . .
As for the beer, if you know me - you know that
I HATE BEER! It was Mark's - just a prop for the photo.
But hey . . . once in a lifetime.
Annette, Sheryl and me. Joy didn't go.
And I don't know where Pam and JD were . . .
Onward - we took the walking tour . . . you get the best shots of the faces.
We ended up at the Sculptor's Center.
Below is the original "sample" of what it was supposed to look like.
He (the Sculptor - Gutzon Borglum) had several small "pieces" done
in a lightweight plaster-like material.
During the sculpting, they would raise them up or
lower them down to the man that was working on that portion
of the fine detail carving.
He was told to close his eyes, "feel the way it looks",
and then turn around and carve that feeling into the stone.
It really was amazing!
Once the government took over, they ended it before it was totally complete.
Can you name the four Presidents?
Next stop, CrazyHorse!
Now this is a MAGNIFICENT sculpture.
But it is all privately funded. The family of the man who was asked
to commemorate Crazy Horse is in charge of all of it.
The government has nothing to do with it.
Any donation - big or small is appreciated.
It probably will not be finished in our lifetime.
FYI - Mt Rushmore fits into just the head of this sculpture.
That's how incredibly large this is.
I wish I had a picture of what it will look like.
It is on someone else's camera, sorry.
But he is pointing to his land, and his horse
is beneath him and it is AWESOME!
(When I get the picture I'll post it.)
OK, I think that is quite enough for one day. My gosh, it's NOON!!! I've been at this for HOURS.
I have to take Mark to the Durango airport this evening and he is flying home to work for a few days and then drive back up with the boys on Sat. So I will have three days on my own, and plenty of time to continue to post . . . well . . . after I shop of course! (hehehe)
Everyone have a good day! I have sooooooo much to catch up on! Forgive me! I'll try my best.