Tuesday, May 25, 2010

From Deadwood, SD to Billings, MT

Helen and I spent another day in and around Deadwood. Kevin Costner filmed some of "Dances with Wolves" in the area and now owns a casino in Deadwood. I was not impressed. Everyone owns a casino in Deadwood and I laughingly told Helen that there was probably a combination barber shop/casino. Later on, my prophecy would prove true. There was a casino in a barber shop.

We also took a scenic ride through Spearfish Canyon, a very beautiful ride where we saw some lingering snow. We saw a few people fishing, but saw no one catching. This morning we headed out early so we could stop early in the day. Billings was not a very long drive because we wanted to break up the drive to St. Mary, Montana tomorrow. It was a very beautiful ride through SD, Wyoming, and Montana. Very beautiful country with snow capped mountains off in the distance. I saw more Pronghorn Antelope than I have ever seen before. They were in ones and twos and in herds of as many as twenty.

Our destination in Billings is the KOA campground. This is a bit more expensive than some, but after two nights in the swamp we wanted to be sure we had a good experience tonight. It's perfect. Spotless bathrooms, clear potable water, and an off leash area for the dogs make this a very nice place indeed.

Tomorrow we are off to St. Mary and Glacier National Park where we expect to be for several days.

More later


  1. Good to see you are enjoying the ride, KOA's like you said are expensive, but they are on the most part clean, I guess the chain holds them in line. Hope Jodie & Coco are doing fine,I have my hands full with just one young and very strong Lab. Be safe out there, Sam & Donna.

  2. Growing up we had a very bad experience at a KOA on one of our trips. I don't even remember what the issue was or which KOA. We have a chant in our family that goes...Stay Away KOA! I think we will ditch the chant on this trip and hopefully have nice ones!!