Saturday, June 28, 2008

Old Montana State Prison. Several years ago I took a tour of this place. Pat and I was on an extended trip to Banff and Jasper, etc., back in the days when she was still riding. Anyway, we parked here, and while on a tour of the prison, someone stole the radar detector off my bike....
This in Deer Lodge, Montana.

The Yellowstone river..This is one Loooooong river.
'Em er some Rocky Mountains over there.
This field is where the largest part of the Battle of the Little Big Horn took place. The building up on the hill is the Visitor Center when the Native Americans give the tours. Just to the West of the entrance is a Casino and a large give shop.
Last night "Waterman" brought out a very large bag of these chocolate and candy coated sunflower seeds. I only ate a very small handful. Sure wish I had some more right now, they were very good!

Friday, June 27, 2008

June, Eric (El Nomad) Skid, Slammer and Waterman
Bulldog and friend, Evelyn
David (Granbo) and Sharon
Randy, Superman and Ells
Sandy, Jill, and Trevor (Goofy Wizard)
Waterman and Vicki
Slammer and Waterman
Jamie T.
The Recreation Springs Resort Buffet
Mike and Mary Lu
Evelyn and Randy
The group picture, taken right after dinner and the drawing. A HUGE thanks to Jamie and Melanie for all the work they did to get us all together. I think the Aztec Rally will be around for a long time!
Eric (El Nomad) and a small T shirt
Goofy Wizard! He's really not..............
Our Waitress, Motel Maid, breakfast cook, cashier, and general helper at the Resort.

Purple 500 is either table dancing or trying to get our attention for something!
Jill has a nice pink helmet! Her and Trev (Goofy Wizard) just returned from Spearfish. You'll see what for in a couple posts...

Just remember, "Life is just a breast of cherries!" Here they are, backing into the resort.
And here it is! Jill went to the Aasylum today..........
June and Eric (El Nomad) A little wind blown from the ride today.

Melanie put out some local cheese and not local crackers. Delicious! A few "Hors dee overs" before the BBQ tonight!
Another shot of the cheese eaters.
Skid and Sandy resting after a hard day of "sight seeing". This is the bear Sandy won in the raffle at the HSVROC rally last week.

Melanie, (Purple 500) and her purple 500!
This lady that works in the gift shop is showing Sandy a dog that sings "Born to be Wild". She thought it would go well on the Gold Wing .

Superman and his family from Nebraska are heading out for a morning ride in the Black Hills

Side Street in Deadwood.
Deadwood is FULL of casino's, bars, taverns, clubs, restaurants, cafe's, hotels, and a whole bunch of tourist traps But, it's all very interesting and exciting.
This was our first destination, we went inside and "read all about it"
This Cherry wood Bar Back was made in Indiana by the Brunswick Company. There are 2 of these in South Dakota, but they aren't sure where the other one is. It was moved here in the Mid- 1800's.
This is the table that Wild Bill Hickock was sitting when he was shot
The table in the above photo was in this room, in this position when the murder happened. They have recently put up this paneling and added a lot of information about the history of "Wild Bill" on the walls.

On August 2nd, 1876, nothing happened here at Mustang Sally's. At least that I know of.
Interesting sign on this restaurant.
The Franklin Hotel is still in business, but mostly as a casino
Mount Moriah Cemetery gift shop. This bear could be a VROC member.

The Cemetery is on the side of a hill. Skid is blazing the way to James Butler Hickock's (Will Bill) grave, I think he's using the GPS while Sandy and I are slowly dropping behind on the hills
After reading Larry McMurtry's book about Calamity Jane, this site was pretty interesting for me.
Wild Bill was laid to rest here. It's a long way from town. We were told that sometimes it took all day for a funeral party to get the deceased to the grave site, and many times they were laid to rest in lantern light.
The City of Deadwook from the hill.
The Adams house. Build for Seth Bullock, who was a friend and entertained President Teddy Roosevelt here several times.
This home was built for the Superintendant of the Homestake mine in the late 1930's. The fixtures in it were pure gold. Later owned by Kevin Kostner, now owned by someone else that rents it out for special occasions.
If the walk up here was any longer or steeper, Jim and I may not have made it back
One of the large hoists in the Homestake mine. One for the men that go down in a cage, the other is for the ore that comes up, it's called a Skip. Each cable was a mile long, expense to maintain these cables was amazing..... The motors were 1250 horse power, same size that drive a 180 foot Coast Guard Bouy Tender.
Before the mine went totally underground, this open pit was mined for years. Over a mile across at the top, and over 1200 feet deep.