Month: July 2017

South Dakota: The Badlands

Returning from South Dakota, I got the typical response at work.  After a number of years with family out in the midwest, I’m used to the typical response:

“South Dakota??  Why’d you go there?”

The obvious answer for me, is that I’m visiting family.  But, if I had to pick two words to convince you to go…

Natural beauty.

The depth of the Black Hills landscape is really something to admire, and you have to be there in person to truly appreciate it.  Unique even for South Dakota’s varied landscape, Badlands National Park offers incredible scenery and a great look at some of the geological factors at play on earth.  This was one of the first places we explored on this trip!

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South Dakota: Hot Springs

So, what’s out there anyway?

First, get ready to do a lot of driving.  South Dakota, in a lot of ways, is your typical midwestern state.  Big.  Driving an hour or two to the next thing becomes commonplace.  Denver is 6 hours south of Hot Springs, South Dakota.  Guess where we flew into?

After Denver International Airport, the next closest is Minneapolis-St. Paul (at 7 hours driving), and then it’s even further.  You get used to the long drives pretty quickly, and the scenery in the Black Hills isn’t your typical corn field, corn field, cows, more corn fields.

We spent the whole time in the Black Hills region of South Dakota.  The area is gorgeous, and it’s easy to fall in love with the rolling hills, covered in a blanket of dark spruce.  Though they aren’t technically black, this is where the area got its name.  Against the neverending grasslands to the east, and big sky country to the west, South Dakota is right behind Route 66 as far as classic roadtrips.

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Austin: The Details

I’m writing this post from a hotel room in Hot Springs, South Dakota!  We’ve been busy exploring the Black Hills area with some local family this week, so I haven’t gotten online much.  This is our last night here, and I wanted to send my last Austin post out while it was still in my memory.

Check here and here for more on our weekend in the Texas capital last month.

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United Club, AUS

On the way home from Austin, we had about an hour to kill before flying home to Boston Logan International.  I’ll echo what I’ve said in previous lounge reviews:  I’m a pretty laid back guy, so I don’t worry if it’s a bit crowded or the food isn’t absolutely out of this world.  If you’re expecting first class service at every lounge, just make sure that you take my review with a grain of salt!

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Bikes, Buses, and Boats in Austin TX

A quick thanks for reading the blog – glad everyone stopped by for the Austin update on Wednesday, and I’m happy to report another post tonight!

While we focused mainly on food and beverage for the last one, I’ll get into more of what we did here.  I’ll bold some things throughout this post, and you can find more info for anything bolded in the last post.

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