Whew! what a week, playing tour guide is hard work.)
Our son Nate and grandson Alex arrived on Monday night from Wisconsin and it has been go, go, and go.
We had made a rough draft of what we were to do, major things like Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse but also mixing in things that they like to do, like tour breweries ( Nate) and wild life rides, and for sure some fishing.
They got us going early Tuesday as they were still operating on central time. We had breakfast and were on Iron Mountain Road to Mt Rushmore by 8:30. Probably a good move as we are nearing the 4th and a super busy time there. After that a short walk through Keystone then on to Rapid City to hit the Firehouse Brewery. We are proud that Nate has been a volunteer firefighter for 10 years as soon as he was old enough to join. We have pictures of Nate when he was just a tyke in a fire helmet and sitting in fire trucks. He also had a set of cards (like baseball cards) with trucks on them that we would read.
Wednesday we figured a good day for a ride up to Deadwood and Spearfish Canyon. We also toured the Spearfish Fish Hatchery and Crow Peak Brewery. A quick subway supper and still time for a wild life drive. We took the road just south of the park into Wind Cave National Park. The boys loved getting onto gravel in search of critters. We got in the midst of a spaced out buffalo herd and just stopped and enjoyed the moment.
Friday was no time to rest yet we had a few important things to do. We rose early to make monkey bread in the dutch oven and some bacon to fuel up for a hike.
We did all this and still enjoyed a nightly campfire with the boys.
We had a great time and the weather was about as perfect as could be. We really enjoy having visitors and being able to do this with the boys will be a cherished memory. --Next up Colleen our middle child and her boys in middle August. Good thing, I think we need to rest up a bit.)