Sailor Babo Visits the Black Hills

AmyH and BSG went to South Dakota for BSG’s parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. He was excited to come along because he knew nothing about South Dakota.

Welcome to Rapid City Regional Airport!

Welcome to Rapid City Regional Airport!

He was surprised by all of the wildlife!

Buffalo!

Buffalo!

Bears!

Bears!

More bears! And is that a wolf???

More bears! And there’s a really hungry bear way up high!

Cabela’s is scary!

They finally get to the vacation house that will house 11 humans. He is glad he doesn’t take up much space. But what is this? The trees around the house are all filled with spirits!

The hills have eyes! Really!

The hills have eyes! Really!

Once he settled in and decided the tree spirits will protect him from ravenous bears, he wanted to get out and see the beautiful countryside. Sailor Babo hitched a ride in a backpack to hike Harney’s Peak, the highest point in North America east of the Rockies.

Hiking the Black Hills

Hiking the Black Hills

Babo and BSG are almost to the top!

Babo and BSG are almost to the top!

Made it!

Made it!

That was a lot of work. Let’s do some sightseeing.

'Sup, prezzes?

‘Sup, prezzes?

Crazy Horse is crazy big. And at 66 years of construction, not anywhere near finished.

Crazy Horse is crazy big. And at 66 years of construction, not anywhere near finished.

Sightseeing is hard work, too. Let’s see what there is to drink around here.

Umm...

Hmm…

Hmm...I say again...hmm...

Hmm…I say again…hmm…

Sailor Babo gave all the wine a try, because he’s a trooper like that. He had a great time exploring a new place and had a lot of fun with BSG’s family.

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9 Responses to Sailor Babo Visits the Black Hills

  1. Laurie says:

    Nice sights, Sailor Babo! I love seeing photos of the Crazy Horse monument, even as barely started as it is.

    • amyhftw says:

      We watched the movie about it at the visitor’s center. One guy was working on it by himself for years, with only mountain goats for company. They loved his ladder system and would use them to get up and down the mountain.

      Then he got married (not sure how he met anyone) and then they had 10 kids, presumably because he needed cheap labor. Most of the family is still involved and the entire effort is done through private funding.

  2. M-----l says:

    Thanks for capturing the shot of SB at Mount Rushmore. It’s one of those places that one of the Babos needed to visit.

    (Congrats to BSG’s parents on 50 years.)

    • amyhftw says:

      I agree, Mount Rushmore was totally Babo-necessary.

      I will pass along the good wishes. Next week – my parents’ 50 year celebration. I guess 1964 was a very romantic year!

  3. Lauri says:

    It was nice to see Crazy Horse again. It’s been over 20 years since I’ve been there and I can see progress. You have to admire the builders for refusing government money.
    South Dakota looks very South Dakota-ish. Stark, but pretty.

    Lol at the wines. Alrighty then!

    • amyhftw says:

      I just loved “traditional grape.” Haha! Some the berry wines were actually tasty, and most of the “traditional grapes” were from California. So all in all, not a bad way to spend some time.

      There were a few wineries in Hill City where we were staying. Next to each was a brewery, so there was something for everyone!

  4. mmcurator says:

    LOL, I love the one of him in front of Mt. Rushmore! Too bad there was no cookie wine.

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