Duane and Betty made arrangements at a campground they had been to last year and loved it. So off we went to the Spearfish City Park. A truly amazing setting of about 200 sites nestled under a canopy of trees. The Spearfish Creek, one of the best trout streams in the Black Hills, meanders right through the campground. Miles of walking and bike trails adds a special touch to this location. This was a great place to spend a week and explore the surrounding areas.
Spearfish Canyon is a 1000 foot tall canyon with cascading waterfalls, great hikes and beautiful mountain streams. It’s only about an hours drive from Rapid City.
We took a couple of hikes in the canyon. One to Roughlock Falls and the other down to Spearfish Canyon Falls. Both beautiful hikes.
Below the falls the water is dammed up and the fishing is very good here. The water is super clear and the reflections make a nice photo.
The fishing has been really good. Duane and Mark have gone out each morning and caught many different kinds of fish.
It’s Betty’s birthday and we have celebrated for three days now having great dinners and desserts. Betty treated all of us to a Cool treat at “Cherry Berry Yogurt Shop”
We ended the day with a birthday dinner at our camp. Betty’s daughters and their families came up from Rapid City for the celebration.
Today we headed up to DEADWOOD. The town attained notoriety for the murder of Wild Bill Hickok, and Mount Moriah Cemetery remains the final resting place of Hickok and Calamity Jane. Betty and Duane treated us to lunch at Kevin Costner’s Midnight Star Casino. We ate at Diamond Lil’s and had a great lunch and enjoyed looking at all the Kevin Costner Movie memorabilia.
We walked around the historic town after lunch. The old buildings and the cobblestone streets really make you feel like you have stepped back in time. The shops were just your basic T Shirt shops and some a step below that. There were one or two art galleries as well. It was a beautiful day, we were with good friends; really what more could you ask for.
The casinos in town are very plentiful. Some are very upscale. Deadwood was the First place to have gambling outside of Nevada or Atlantic City. Gambling was legalized in Deadwood in 1989 and immediately brought significant new revenues and development which was the main reason the town decided to bring gambling to this area. It revitalized a slowing economy after I90 bypassed the town in the mid 1960’s plus the town suffered great losses over the years from fires.