We had two sets of visitors from California (hurray!!!), we camped, hiked, canoed and explored the Black Hills, saw lots of friends and spent many afternoons just hanging out in our backyard. Plus, squeezed in as many house projects as we could (more on those later). It was really lovely (I only wish we could have done it for longer!)
|First good weather day of the season - |
taking a hike up the Cathedral Spires trail.
|Enjoying Center Lake|
|Custer State Park with Mom & Dad|
|Papa Tom style breakfast, pie making with Nana|
|House projects with my Dad - cutting off the 1950's cupboard trim & installing a new light fixture over the sink.|
|Always beautiful, Spearfish Canyon|
|Finding all kinds of fun around Rapid City & saying goodbye (already!)|
|More California visitors! My sister, Bonnie & her wonderful family - |
can't believe it had been two years since we'd all seen each other!
|Fun with cousins around Rapid City|
|Adventure to Reptile Gardens|
|One last lake/fishing day at Sheridan Lake|
|Backyard 4th of July fireworks|
|Camping at Iron Creek Lake, with heavy thunderstorms. Spent a lot of time in our tent :)|
|Around Iron Creek Lake|
|Canoeing on the lake|
|Loving our backyard & all the flowers!|
|Summer was full of glorious rainbows -- I have seen more rainbows in the two years we have lived here than my entire life before.|
Summer sunset & enjoying the mid-autumn festival moon-rise from Dinosaur park.