Posts Tagged ‘vacations’

Made it to Maine without getting lost, any speeding tickets or creating road kill.  It was a good trip.  I had the opportunity to visit with those I care, a number of old friends & outlaws and had my fill of Maine lobster stew, mussels in garlic sauce and lobster rolls.  FYI..if you make your way to Maine and visit the Two Lights lighthouses, DO NOT buy your lobster roll at the local Lobster Shack.  They seem to be a little light on the lobster filling.  I also had the opportunity to visit the Nina and Pinta while they were docked in South Portland.  I was a bit disappointed that Chris wasn’t on hand for a quick discussion, but the young crew were very information.  I will be headed back to SD before moving on to my new adventure in Wyoming.  The Big Horn Mtns. and some trout fishing are waiting for me and I can not disappoint.

A South Dakota original….


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It’s weird that photographers spend years or even a whole lifetime, trying to capture moments that added together, don’t even amount to a couple of hours.  ~James Lalropui Keivom

Red Valley

The River

Another Ranch

Big Horn Mountains, Wyoming

New Market, Va.

Yellowstone River, Wyoming.

Looking east...

Fort Macon, NC & my son Robert.

Primitive Baptist Church and Confederate cemetery.

Bloody Lane, Antietam...

Red Cloud Butte


New Market towards the Blue Ridge.

ryeder     photo portfolio

Tatanka   munchies

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I have always considered myself fortunate to have had and continue to have the opportunity to explore North America.  I have discovered many personal destinations that holds a quiet beauty and an enchanting spiritualism. Many of these destinations are well known, but for each individual who experiences these places, they carry with them a personal perspective and memory that makes a positive change in their lives.  Other places are unknown to most people and that in itself creates a mystique that intensifies the connection.  Here I present some of my memories.


Fish Pond, Northern Maine in autumn.

Acadia National Park, Maine

Red Valley, southern Black Hills, SD

New England coast.

Powder River, Wyoming.

Mt. Washington, White Mountains, New Hampshire.

Artist's Point, Yellowstone NP

Somewhere in Montana

Wind Cave National Park, SD

Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.

More to follow…


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For the few of you who have actually some of these ramblings, you probably have come to the idea that I do not like living within the confines of a populated civilization. If you have deduced this premise, then you are correct. My idea of the “perfect” location to put down roots is to purchase a thousand acres of remote mountain property and construct my small, one room home in the middle of this geographical domain. Someday this dream will become my reality, but for the time being, I must retain employment. Such is life.

With this world becoming smaller and smaller due to a growing population, the search for a remote vacation becomes more difficult to be found. World wide, there are still regions to be had that offers this type of seclusion, areas such as the Alaska, the Amazon, Africa or the Fiji Islands, but many of us can not afford these types of adventures. So, where do we find the temporary Nirvana that will recharge the spirit and not empty the wallet?

One of the tactics I have used in the past to find seclusion was to research remote land for sale. Typically, these are handled by real estate agents and they offer a wide range of remote properties. I contact these agents and ask to visit the property to explore and get a feeling for the area, which may take an extended stay of several days to a week. Most agents and sellers agree to this request in hopes of making a sale. Tent, sleeping bag, provisions and a world of complete quietness and solitude is mine to be had.
Some ideas:  MontanaColorado, Alaska.

And while you are searching and dreaming, enjoy some great food….you may even get to sample some for free.

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The uncrowded, natural surroundings of Western South Dakota are ideal for walking, hiking and backpacking. Black Hills National Forest and the surrounding State and National Parks offer more than 450 miles of both nature walks and  hiking systems on approximately 75 different trails throughout the Black Hills.  Some of the many attractions:

Mt. Rushmore
Needles Highway
Harney Peak, tallest E. of Rockies
Deadwood, 1876 Gold Rush town
Custer State Park
Jewel Cave Natl Monument

Badlands Natl. Park
Wind Cave Natl. Park
Crazy Horse Memorial, mountain carving in progress.

Custer Outdoor Adventures

Wheels West RV Park

Visit the Black Hills at….rv-visions

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The region is home to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, Harney Peak (the highest point east of the Rockies), Custer State Park (the largest state park in South Dakota, and one of the largest in the US), Bear Butte State Park, Devils Tower National Monument, and the Crazy Horse Memorial (the largest sculpture in the world). The Black Hills also hosts the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally each August.

Plan on staying at least a week so you can explore all the Black Hills.  My suggestions is Wheels West RV Park, just outside the West entrance to Custer State Park, in Custer.  Make it an adventure by biking the hills or paddling the many lakes in the area.  You can rent the equipment at Custer Outdoor Adventures.  Great food, great people, and great adventures.


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