Clinton State Park, KS

October 18, 2013 |

Clinton State Park, sometimes also called Clinton Lake State Park, is located just east of Topeka, Kansas. The park sits on 1,500 acres of land along the north side of Clinton reservoir, and has a varied landscape of open fields and hardwood forests. There are 23 miles of trails to hike and bike on, and…

Escaping Winter

October 15, 2013 |

My last sunset at the Badlands is nothing short of amazing. It’s just the right mixture of clouds and clear to make for dramatic shapes and interesting colors. Everything I can pack up is packed, so there’s nothing else to do but walk the grounds I have called home for the past almost six months…

Early Release

October 11, 2013 |

I got about two nights of relief in the cabin, that’s all, before the next rough weather alerts started going out. Today the increasingly familiar red banner of severe weather is parading across my screen as rain and strong winds buffet the already battered trees outside. This isn’t the usual high wind advisory, it’s a…

Rapid City, SD

September 10, 2013 |

Morning dawned bright and clear after the amazing lightning storm of the night before. I’d made plans with a coworker to go into Rapid City today, so the nice weather was a welcome relief. With a 8 am departure time on a Monday, traffic remains light along I90 heading west through the prairie. I’ve never…

Circle 10 Campground, SD

August 12, 2013 |

That would be the campground I’ve been staying at while employed here in the Badlands. Like the Lodge, it’s owned by Forever Resorts, and this is where all the employee housing is for us out-of-state seasonal folks. But there are also tent and RV sites available for guests, so I thought it deserved a review.…

More Black Hills

July 19, 2013 |

This past weekend (Mon and Tues are my weekend) my parents drove over from Wisconsin and we went out to the Black Hills for a mini vacation. It was nice being able to spend more than just the day there then having to drive all the way back. It was also nice getting to see…

Enjoying Slow Travel

July 9, 2013 |

I get to hear a lot about people’s travel plans while working at the Lodge. Travelers visiting from all over the country, and even several from overseas. Some have RVs like me and are on vacation or retired. Some are road tripping in a vehicle and get nightly accommodations. While I’m waiting for their credit…

Jewel Cave National Monument, SD

July 4, 2013 |

Wind cave and Jewel cave are the two best known caves in the Black Hills Region. Wind cave is a National Park located just south of Custer State Park, and it’s easy to locate on a map. Jewel cave is a National Monument, and is less well marked. When two coworkers and I set out…

Custer State Park, SD

June 9, 2013 |

Tuesday morning I arose not-so-early to set out on my latest adventure – Custer State Park. This day trip had been a week in the making. I’d originally intended to go the week before, but had a surprise seminar about good customer service set upon me. It’s not something I had signed up for myself,…

The Best Learning Experiences

May 25, 2013 |

I’m experiencing a second spring. When I left Georgia the leaves were nearing full size and everything was vibrantly shaded and alive. By the time I got up here to the Badlands, spring had regressed to browns and below freezing temps, like someone hit the reset button on the season. Now, in South Dakota things…

Day Trip

May 17, 2013 |

It’s greening up big time in the badlands. Prairie flowers are in bloom, leaves are finally out on the few gnarled trees, and with warmer weather on the way a lot of other attractions in the South Dakota area are finally opening up. I’ve been sitting patiently for over three weeks, waiting for our VIP…

Buffalo and Bad Weather

May 9, 2013 |

Tuesday was about the best test for the RV windows that I could imagine. After another gorgeous morning, clouds started rolling in in the afternoon and at around 3:30 the thunderstorm hit, in force. It rained, it hailed, and it rained some more, for a good hour or so. I was working until 5:30. We…

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