Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The South Dakota GPAA claims of MaryAnn, Migg and Rainbow

We decided to plan an August trip to get out of the Texas heat.  Destination South Dakota and the Black Hills.  Of course we planned to hit Deadwood, Rapid City and Mount Rushmore, but the highlight for me was the three days at the GPAA MaryAnn gold claim.

There are three GPAA gold claims in close proximity near Rochford which is about a thirty minute drive from Rapid City.  We decided to check out all three and settle on the one we thought was best for us.

We found all three claims with relative ease.  The Migg claim had several people already on it with three campers.  It is the closest of the three to Rochford. The GPAA mining guide directions of 2.6 miles was spot on.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Deadwood's Mt Moriah Cemetery

Make sure you plan to visit the historic Mt Moriah Cemetery if you ever make the trip to Deadwood in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  It is simply a can't miss attraction.  Perched high above Deadwood on a beautiful plateau, Mt Moriah Cemetery sits among the trees.  The cemetery is quite hilly, so be prepared for a bit of hiking.  Entrance only costs a single dollar.

It is divided into four sections surrounded by two potter's fields on the north and south sides.  Many famous old west figures are buried here.  Most notably Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane.  Hickok was shot and killed by Jack McCall while playing poker in Deadwood's Nuttal & Mann's Saloon in 1876.  His gravesite is the highlight of the trip with a wonderful statue and headstone.

Monday, August 19, 2013

The trip to Mount Rushmore

Only a short drive from the Crazy Horse Memorial is mighty Mount Rushmore.  Unlike the Crazy Horse sight which in 75 years has not much more than a face completed, Mount Rushmore was completely done in 14 years.

You can catch glimpses of the Presidents from miles away as you approach.  The drive north on highway 16A offers some spectacular views as well as some wonderful one lane tunnels that profile Mount Rushmore upon exit.  As you make your way through each tunnel you are greeted with the four faces coming straight at you at the tunnel exit.  Really well planned making for some great photo opportunities.

The Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota

The next to last day of the South Dakota Black Hills adventure was set aside for Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial.  It is quite easy to get to the memorial as it is only a few miles outside of the neat little town of Custer.

The entrance fee to the Crazy Horse Memorial is $10 per person or $27 per car load.  One of the best pictures available is from the entrance gate itself.  There is plenty of parking at the visitor center which holds a very large museum of Indian memorabilia.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Visiting the Wari Exhibit at the Kimbell Art Museum

I am a huge lover of Peru and the Incas.  On my 2012 trip to Peru we stumbled upon a pre-Inca site in Lima called Huaca Pucclana.  We really had no intention of visiting anymore sites as it was our last day before returning home from visiting Cuzco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.  Heading back to our hotel our cab driver decided we needed to see Huaca Pucclana and drove us over.  Huaca Pucclana is a large pre-Inca site that had Wari influence and even has Wari burial sites within the compound.

Not a ton is known about the Wari.  Originally thought of as a warrior culture recent archaeology is showing the Wari were much more diverse.  Their culture is slowly being uncovered at several sites around Peru.  They had no written language, but created wonderful art, pottery and tapestry.