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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Bikes n Bears

Hi all,
The countdown has begun, our time here is nearing an end. A health situation with my (Rays) dad has prompted us to leave earlier than planned. He has been in and out of the hospital the last two weeks and although they have not pinpointed the cause, the family believes it may have been small strokes. His memory and mood have made a drastic change and he now requires 24 hour care. We believe he may need to be placed in a facility where they handle these cases on a normal basis. Thankfully I have a sister and brother nearby him that are doing their best to help. They have gone above and beyond of what could be expected.
 So with that we gave a two week notice to leave on the 18th. Our supervisor was very understanding and was backing us in whatever we thought we needed to do.
 The Sturgis Bike Rally is now in full swing. The weather has not made for the best biking with some good rains. On Monday we watched the governors ride into the park. It was suppose to be 300 bikes but actually seemed way less.
  It does get a bit trying driving about in the area, some bikers seem to drive slow while others are trying to constantly pass everything in sight. It does require added patience. As of this writing there have been 19 injury accidents with 3 deaths. A little scary thinking of next year where the 75th anniversary will be doubling the size.
 Wendy and I did venture out to play tourist the other. We used our VIP passes and did the Bear Country drive and then took in Reptile Gardens. Wendy enjoys the garden setting at Reptile Gardens and who don't like to see a big snake or two?


  1. Sorry to hear about your dad, hope it all turns out well.

  2. Yes, our paths do seem to be taking the same course at times. Love the bear pictures, they are so cute :)

  3. So sorry that your Dad's health has taken a turn for the worse. It is hard to watch our parents grow older and their health diminish. Our prayers go with you and your entire family during this difficult time.

  4. We're having some issues with my Mom as well, so I can relate.

    I can imagine how nerve wracking it would be driving there. We have a cheap little dash cam and when we drive in Key West (with all the crazies) we make sure it's turned on, so that if someone walks or rides out in front of us and we hit them, we have proof of what happened!