So now we're sure enough volunteers at the D.C. Booth Historic Fish Hatchery.
|Cross the bridge to the Hatchery|
|Gift Shop and Information|
|Restored Fish Railcar|
|Inside the beautifully restored car|
|Views of Hatchery grounds from trails above|
It's all very pleasant. We (I more than Debbie) enjoy learning the history of the place and yakking with the visitors. We greet visitors, provide info and give tours at all locations other than the gift shop. If no visitors, we can chill, read, maybe sneak a bite to eat or study our material. It's a pretty setting and really very pleasant! There are 10 couples here and everyone is very nice. We had a great potluck dinner this past Tuesday with plenty of wonderful food. (I feel like I'm doing a church newsletter) Earlier in the day Debbie and I went to Deadwood just to walk the streets and become more familiar with the area. We also drove to Lead again to look at the Open Cut. I won't attempt to explain mining but the Open Cut is an ENORMOUS hole dug in the ground to facilitate the mining. IMPRESSIVE. The primary mine shaft goes down 8000 feet!
Wednesday we started our day by taking the boys to a dog park. Spearfish is such a great community.
I will sing its praise endlessly. I've mentioned earlier the impressive paved trail that seems to go on forever along the Spearfish Creek/River and across town. Great for walking, biking and walking the dogs. They have this wonderful dog park. They have an impressive recreation center complete with a sizable water park. They even have a public horse shoe throwing "arena." There may be a dozen "pits." The World Horse Shoe Tournament was held in 1989 in the exact location where we're currently camping. Now I wouldn't normally stop my day to throw horse shoes, although I do enjoy it, but just the fact that the town provides this resource is just too cool! OK, I'll be submitting my application to the Chamber of Commerce soon. Back to our day. Dog Park and then a scenic drive through Spearfish Canyon. We stopped to see 3 waterfalls,
|Bridal Veil Falls |
(right on Spearfish Canyon Drive)
(about a 20 minute hike)
(take a 40 minute walk or park in lot and you're there in a few minutes)