Wednesday, July 8, 2020

On the town......

8:36 am - Wednesday - July 8th - Keystone, SD - 66° F, 56% humidity, wind - CALM.....clear, blue, balmy skies today with a forecast high of 82° F.  On this day in 2019 we were having lunch, and some brews at Lost Abbey Brewing Company in San Marcos, CA........↴




It was such a nice, cool day Tuesday that we decided to walk from one end of Keystone to the other.  We began by walking south on US-16A which takes you the rest of the way to the Mt. Rushmore entrance.....we didn't walk that far.....just to the end of the 'Keystone Mall'......


 You can see our Newell in the deep background...just a little left of center


....the walk is uphill all the way to the end of the 'Keystone Mall', and the views back north totally changed our perspective that we have from the private RV park in which we currently reside.  I was aware that the famous Cary Grant movie 'North by Northwest' was filmed in part around the Mt. Rushmore area, but had forgotten that National Treasure II was also filmed partially in this area.....


.......the 'Keystone Mall' is a series of mostly connected buildings housing souvenir shops, and small restaurants, and it was pretty busy.  We walked through a couple of the stores, but souvenir shops are really not our thing, so we began walking back down the hill toward the center of town where we had spied a coffee shop, Grapes and Grinds, on our way up the hill, which piqued our interest.....


.....it's been a while since either of us has had our favorite frappuccinos, so we ordered them (Mocha for moi, and Vanilla Bean for TLE) and headed outside to snag the last table with an umbrella.....


.....there is nothing quite like a good blended ice drink on a beautiful July afternoon!  From there we walked back north toward the other end of town, and snapped this picture of the Newell from a closer proximity.....


....we walked to a point just shy of BRGR61 where we had lunch a few days ago to visit an antique store (Holy Terror Antiques) we had not yet visited.....it's the kind of funky junk store through which we love to browse.....





....of course we live in a motor coach, so there was really nothing we could buy that would fit, but we love to look at other people's junk, and this place certainly fit the bill.....


......we took the requisite foot picture that Rich and Marnie like.  We had planned to stop off at the Rushmore Borglum Museum (Gutzon Borglum was the man who sculpted Mt. Rushmore) to replicate a picture we had taken back in June of 2013 where our friend Darlene McCloud sat on the lap of the Lincoln sculpture which sits directly in front of the museum.....

Darlene on Lincoln's lap

.....but much to our dismay the sculpture had been removed as recently as a few days ago.  We do not know for sure, but it seems apparent it was removed to prevent the kind of vandalism we have seen happening to similar sculpture all across the country....bummer....

Where the Lincoln sculpture used to sit

......from there we continued our walk back home stopping to take some whimsical pictures at the chainsaw sculpting place.....


 Is that Darryl?






A real working phone book....serious!

....we arrived home around 2 pm....it's amazing what you can see at 2-3 mph, right?

TLE and I literally spent the rest of the afternoon and evening reading.  Of course the evening could be complete without our daily thunder, lightning and rain storm.  No hail this time, but plenty of rain.

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1 comment:

  1. We loved that area of South Dakota and would love to visit again soon. You provided some new stops and sites we haven't seen. Thanks for sharing. As a former telephone guy, my husband would love seeing that "working" phone booth!

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