Friday, May 28, 2010

· Waterfall Hike - Trail 14 Black Elk Wilderness

Mountains To Prairies Bed and Breakfast/facebook

Sam generously supported my desire to go adventuring with a friend today. "M" and I hiked in the Norbeck Wildlife Preserve to see the seasonal waterfalls. We followed the creek along Trail 14, into the Black Elk Wilderness, stopping frequently due to the 90 degree temperature. We encountered backpackers along the trail, resting in the shade of an enormous rock (...enormous being the typical size of the rocks in this wilderness!) - The photos are in consecutive order. Click the map and enjoy!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

· Custom Omelet of M2P

Mountains To Prairies Bed and Breakfast may deliver more than expected - as happened a few days ago when a hungry guest, who had just returned from wild turkey hunting, chose three eggs for his Custom Omelet. These three cracked eggs show that our chickens go the extra mile.

The turkey that got away...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

· Crazy Horse Memorial Events

Crazy Horse Memorial, near Hill City in the Black Hills, is featuring a veritable kaleidoscope of major events from Memorial Day Weekend through June, and on through the summer months. If you participate in the Volksmarch or attend any of the events, please stop by Smiling Bear Antiques Shop and Espresso Bar, 200 E Main, on your way through Hill City, coming or going! Crazy Horse Memorial, the world's largest mountain carving, is having Open House over Memorial Day Weekend, May 29-31, with free admission to South Dakota residents, extended also to Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming residents.

Mountains To Prairies Bed and Breakfast/facebook -

June 5th and 6th put on your hiking shoes for the annual Volksmarch at Crazy Horse Memorial, taking in 6.2 miles of beautiful Black Hills scenery!
The annual Crazy Horse Volksmarch (an organized hike) is a 10K (6.2-mile) woodlands ramble to the world's largest mountain carving in progress. The Crazy Horse Volksmarch is the most popular organized hike in the United States (15,000 in record year). ...

Saturday, May 22, 2010

· Mickelson Trail - Trolley on the Trails

The beautiful George S. Mickelson Trail in the Black Hills can be enjoyed by people with physical limitations. Click this SCHEDULE link to learn more.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

· Rainy Day Happy Blues

(Mountains To Prairies Bed and Breakfast)

Rainy days make things to do,
mixed in with nature's changing hues—
Days when the sky is deeper blue,
such beauty deepens the eyes' glad view.

7 new photos
(click the title or a pic)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

· Aloha, Snow!

Click the Aloha, Snow! link below to see the fresh (May 12) snowfall on Hill City, as observed and enjoyed at Mountains To Prairies Bed and Breakfast.

Mountains To Prairies Bed and Breakfast/facebook

- He says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth,' and to the rain shower, 'Be a mighty downpour.' (Job 37:6) - We are experiencing a little confusion here in the central Black Hills and Hill City. Sunday, Mother's Day, was 'drive around on the backroads with the windows roll...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

· Special Delivery, from the Bread Fairy!

The afternoon of May 11 a large and completely surprise package was delivered. Since nothing was expected, I asked the delivery man how to send it back, concerned that I may be required to pay for the unknown something if I open the box. Glancing at Sam who was standing behind me, the man then checked the label and assured me that it had my name on it, but I could seal up the package...(further instructions weren't absorbed as I was somewhat dazed). The man glanced at Sam again, smiling as he went out the door.

The mystery box was opened post haste, to reveal a Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme! This was a much desired piece of equipment, but Sam said he hadn't ordered it. Suddenly the thought occurred to me that it may be the very Zoe that I had ordered for 'someone' from 'someone else'...possibly delivered here by mistake. (My heart sunk a bit, admittedly, even though I was very happy for 'someone', who wasn't due to receive this beautiful machine for another 11 days.)

Sam, strangely, didn't think it was a mistake. So I looked closely at the label. It had a billing address on it, not ours, although the destination address was indeed here, with my name. Well, the fog lifted...I clearly recognized the address of the Bread Fairy, immediately accepted the gift and toted it to the kitchen with a baker's supreme joy.

We enjoyed the most incredibly fragrant Italian Herb Bread with our Buffalo Chili last night!!

The first loaf, a tasty whole grain bread!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

· Happy Mother's Day! ♡ Quote Collage

"The sweetest sounds to mortals given...
are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven."
-William Goldsmith Brown

"All that I am or ever hope to be,
I owe to my angel Mother."
-Abraham Lincoln

"A mother is a person who
seeing there are only 4 pieces of pie for 5 people,
promptly announces she never did care for pie."
-Tenneva Jordan

"A mother understands
what a child does not say."
-Jewish proverb

Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

· Memorabilia Shelf

Mountains To Prairies Bed and Breakfast - To give Sam a break from all the building projects for guest rooms, I requested a shelf above the kitchen window. Now I can enjoy my collection of memorabilia (mostly related to granddaughters) without it being considered clutter on the windowsill. Thank you, Sam!...with a Sweet Spiced Chai Latte, since you are so sweet.

The pink sticky note on the mirror was stuck there by our oldest granddaughter just before it was time to return home for the school year. The note says, 'I am here, I ♡ U', three times. smile

(click on the picture to enlarge, will go to M2P at facebook)

Friday, May 7, 2010

· The Micro-Shelf Strikes Again!

Sam did a little re-do on the microwave shelf in the Bluma Madle Suite and now he is building a log-accent shelf near the micro setup, for guests...a place to stash goodies.

Probably no-one cares except Sam, but I'm headed out to get lasagna fixings. Sam contends that there ARE more important things to do than watch rhubarb grow. sigh :)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

· Major Lake Wildlife Loop!

Mountains To Prairies Bed and Breakfast - Sam and Linda walked around Hill City's Major Lake near dusk yesterday, enjoying cool spatters of snow and the sights...from Canadian geese, to a hungry beaver, a soaring heron, disturbed mallard ducks, and wild crocuses. This morning at 5:30, checking on the RHUBARB found its spreading leaves weighted with snow. The frequent precipitation helps ensure a beautiful forest for tourists this summer.

22 new photos (click the above title for the complete album)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Monday, May 3, 2010

· 1880 Train on Track...See Schedule

Mountains To Prairies Bed and Breakfast - Today the 1880 Train began its tourist season journeying to Keystone from Hill City, and back again. The train resides in Hill City, South Dakota of the central Black Hills. To see a schedule and to read more about this historic train, visit the website below...