Those who are somewhat familiar with the Black Hills of South Dakota know that visiting here during the traditional May-through-September season offers plenty of sightseeing opportunities and activities for the whole family. Fewer people know that even in the post-New Year lull there is quite a lot going on. For the artistic types, there are art exhibitions, theater, and music performances to attend. However, apart from the locals and ranchers, very few people are aware of an annual even happening at the end of January and extending through the first week of February that started all the way back in 1959.
Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo is quite an attraction with its horse sale, livestock events, rodeo, concerts, and a big western marketplace. This year, it will take place between January 27th and February 5th and include such events as Diamond Rio concert, ranch bronc rides, SDQHA 2-day horse sale, ranch rodeo, quick draw art competition, PRCA Xtreme Bulls competition, Miss Black Hills Stock Show Queen contest, auctions, Stockman's Banquet & Ball, and many more. In a nutshell, it will be the most good, old-fashioned, western fun one can have in the Black Hills this time of year. Of course, weather permitting, one can conceivably steal away for a day of skiing, snowshoeing, or hiking in the Hills while visiting the Stock Show or for some fun time in the indoor water park.
We at hART Sense Design couldn't pass up on the opportunity to offer some sweet deals to the Stock Show attendees. For the duration of the Show, whether you are in town or following the events through the BH Stock Show website, you will be able to receive an exclusive 25% discount in our online shop and free personal delivery of your purchases to either your hotel (as long as it is within city limits) or to the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Shipping your purchases directly to your home address is also an option to save you from dealing from extra baggage on your way back home. So, come one, come all and enjoy the western fun in the Black Hills! We've got your jewelry shopping needs covered.
In other news, just in time for Black Hills Stock Show and for Valentine's Day as well, we will have a limited number of our designs on consignment at a new gallery space. Thanks to the Community Artist program at Suzie Cappa Art Center & Gallery, our jewelry will be supporting the worthy cause of providing for artists with disabilities. Consignment fees retained by Suzie Cappa Gallery help advance the work of artists with disabilities within the community, provide daily access to free studio and gallery space, support numerous events and exhibitions geared toward promoting local artists with disabilities and so much more. We are proud to be a part of this wonderful cause this year. Come see our designs displayed after January 27th and shop the works of many artists served, as well as ours and those of others from the local community!
Have you ever been to a big stock show? What's your favorite part of being at a stock show? Share in the comments below.
We are so blessed to be living in an area as beautiful as the Black Hills of South Dakota!
The Hills teem with wildlife and abound in beautiful sights any time of the year, but fall just happens to be a very special time. From fall festivals, the annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup, art shows and sales to the simple natural beauty of Spearfish Canyon, there is something here for everyone's enjoyment during the months of September and October.
Our family has established the tradition of making our annual fall trip to the Spearfish Canyon, an area where fall colors abound this time of the year, about an hour and a half drive from our home in Rapid City. Our favorite area in the Canyon is by far the Roughlock Falls area. With its crystal clear creek, a beautiful waterfall, well maintained picnic and observation areas as well as more parking spaces than other waterfalls in the Canyon, Roughlock Falls is our go-to place for fall foliage viewing.
With a photography enthusiast in the family (no, that's not me), it's a no-brainer that we would head out to the Falls every year. Not only do the Falls themselves look different every time depending on the amount of foliage surrounding them any particular year, but the area also makes a wonderful backdrop for portrait and pet photography. Our late English Setter enjoyed his annual trips to the Falls almost as much as we did. The squirrels and chipmunks, the abundance of birds, the scent of deer, elk, and bighorn sheep in the air, and even an occasional snake on the path made for a great sensory indulgence for him. Now that he is no longer with us, we decided to pass this fun tradition on to our new furry family member. This was our little Irish Setter's first outing of the kind, and she seemed to thoroughly enjoy it.
From jumping into the ice cold creek to pointing birds and chasing squirrels, not only was her day full, but we also got plenty of opportunities for some good fall photography.
Matching outfits contributed to the fun and showed off our fashion sense. Of course, we have to represent our brand to the best of our ability no matter where we are.
We have found that the secret of getting good fall foliage photos is getting to Spearfish Canyon exactly at the time when colors are peaking. If one arrives there too early, there are too many greens mixed in with golden yellows. If on the other hand one gets there too late, half of the deciduous trees would have already shed all of their leaves making for a pretty barren scene. This year, we braved cold, wind, and drizzle to be in Spearfish Canyon just at the right time, and it shows.
Apparently, as the residents of Western South Dakota, we are very proud of the beautiful scenery in our area. However, we are hardly the only ones with great displays of fall colors. Every part of this great country has its own little fall foliage heaven. Your task this week is to find it and enjoy the fleeting beauty to the fullest while it lasts.
What are the best areas for fall foliage viewing where you live? Share in the comments below.
The end of August has crept up upon us without much warning. School has started, Labor Day is almost here, and leaves are slowly starting to turn. All signs point to the end of fun summer days. But do not despair! Fall can be the most beautiful time of the year if one just knows where to look.
Similar to most things in life, enjoyment of seasons depends on one's perspective. If you approach the inevitable changes in your surroundings with trepidation, it is extremely hard to find enjoyment in any situation. The same goes for the change from summer to fall. Yes, summer was fun and carefree for the most part, but it was also hot, buzzing with insects, and exhausting with all the get-togethers, picnics, and other outdoor activities. When the air starts to cool off, the pesky insects will begin retreating into their winter shelters. As the school starts, children will be demanding less of your daily attention, and that means you will have a bit more time to enjoy your surroundings.
If you are not a homebody and don't enjoy the smells and sounds of canning vegetables and turning fruits into jams, your best bet for fall enjoyment is to head outdoors, be it your own backyard or a larger area where you can observe colors of the turning leaves, listen to the rustling sound under your feet as you walk, and breathe in the fresh, crisp air. If you happen to live in the Black Hills of South Dakota, one such place is the Spearfish Canyon.
Add to the picture gurgling of the creek and swooshing of the waterfalls, and your worries will be taken away in an instant. Yellows mixed with greens, rugged cliffs protruding between the vegetation covered slopes, last of the colorful flowers mixed with first of the ripening rose hips... Beauty of nature is the best medicine for autumn blues.
Spearfish Canyon is a famed destination for fall color enthusiasts in the Black Hills. Every year, scores of people file through the canyon to catch the crisp breezes and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Different types of wildlife, ranging from deer and porcupines to mountain lions are part of the draw as well. True, most often you will observe only chipmunks and different species of birds, but would you really like to encounter a mountain lion while de-stressing in nature? We didn't think so.
Those driving through Spearfish Canyon are usually familiar with Bridal Veil Falls, which seems to be one of the most visited spots in the canyon. However, there is another waterfall as pretty as - if not even prettier than Bridal Veil Falls. This waterfall is a bit of a hidden gem as you have to get off the main road and drive on a dirt road for about half a mile in order to reach it. This bit of a trek is completely worth it as both Roughlock Falls and the surrounding area are stunningly beautiful and offer great opportunities for hiking, bird watching, and four-wheeling, as well as picnic areas for those who prefer to enjoy nature in a more leisurely way.
Whether you are in the Black Hills or elsewhere in the world, there are hidden gems similar to Roughlock Falls that will make your fall calmer, brighter, and more enjoyable. All you have to do is get out of the house and find them, spend some time communing with nature, and you will see those autumn blues melt away like they never even existed.
What interesting spots for fall outings do you have in your area? Feel free to share in the comments.
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