This is us again, reporting on our 2008 expedition to USA, this time concentrating on Cowboys and Indians
We flew to Rapid City, which is in the west of South Dakota.
It was entirely Johnny's idea and Jon & Margaret, who couldn't fail to disagree less, donned their chaps and went forth.
Here we are, seemingly together on one photograph but, in reality, Kath has a cardboard cut out of Jon slung across her shoulder. Johnny is looking smug, thinking " Rather ye than me pet...ah knaa its ownly cardboard but, he's such a fat get, it must still be heavy
This is Friday 12th Sept. Here's Kath and Johnny at Mount Rushmore where the heads of the first, third, 16th and 26th Presidents of USA are carved into the mountain.
And here's Jon and Margaret
Here's Johnny and the two lasses closer in but were the lasses happy? No they wanted to be closer still, so we built some scafolding and wynched them right up there
Look at the look on their faces, bless. They seem to be so happy...
And the lasses are in canny spirits too
We left Mount Rushmore and went to Keystone, where we took the 1880 train to Hill City and back. That evening we dined at TGI Fridays next to our hotel on the outskirts of Rapid City
Next day, Saturday 13th, we drove 250 miles round trip..going to Wounded Knee, popping over the border to Nebraska, then back to Rapid City via Custer, the town and Custer, The State Park
Here's Margaret on Saturday 13th at Wounded Knee where a massacre of the Sioux took place, Sitting Bull having been killed two weeks earlier. We then journeyed on, popping over the border to Nebraska before heading back North through Indian country to Custer National Park
This is a town on the way back to Rapid City. Is it Custer?
This is the Custer State Park
And this is the Needles.
This is the picture of the holidays...is it not?
And here we are back at...yes you've guessed it TGI Fridays
This is Jon turning the camera on himself, in a desparate attempt to get in on a picture
Here we are on Sun 14th in Deadwood
Jon on Deadwood Main Street, not scared hardly at all, completely unarmed in this lawless frontier town
And this is Deadwood taken from Boot Hill, actually Mount Moriah cemetary where Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane lie side by side
Indeed right here
On the way out of Deadwood Jon took this picture of a Horse pub cos that's his hobby
Here's a huge expanse...
with Kath and Johnny and some mountains
"Howsabout this for a large overhang" said Johnny, cheekily, I thought
This is Old Faithful in Yellowstone Park. It is the biggest, most predictable guyser in t'World
Yellowstone National Park Tues 16th
"Eeh yes", says Margaret "It's a bigger geezer than you, Jon, and that's saying something, hee, hee". It's amazing Margaret can see it from there because she is now in Trail Town in Cody some 100 miles away
Trail Town in Cody
Wed 17th Sept we left Cody SD and headed the 185 miles to the Battle of the Little Big Horn, MT. Called in at Red Lodge and settled for the night in Hardin, just a few miles from the Battle site..starved for proper restaurants we were reduced to Pizza Hut for dinner
This is a bar in Red Lodge, for lunch