Monday, November 11, 2019

Reminiscing on summertime fun in the Black Hills

With the past month bringing multiple snow storms and below zero temperatures (-4 this morning!), our summer is really, truly over. Living in colder climates makes me feel like we need to cram in SO MUCH into our short summer months. This summer we definitely did our best!

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.
Cathedral Spires

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
A VERY rainy/stormy day at Custer State Park

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
Campground fun!

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.

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