One thing our travels have proved to us over the years that to really see the best of the country you have to get off the most traveled roads. With that in mind on our recent trip to the black hills we went off the beaten tourist roads and took some fire maintenance roads. For miles and miles and miles of beautiful countryside.
We are guessing this old log cabin to be over a hundred years old. We could see it standing there in the very late 1800's or early 1900's.
You go through a few ranches on these roads and cows and horses roam the countryside.
In the red banks you can quartz rock streaking the red with white.
And miles of grasslands with tall pines. I can't even put into words how great the smells were.
In all the miles we traveled on these wonderful roads we didn't see a single billboard or tourist trap usually associated with the Black hills. In fact we only saw 2 other vehicles in over 3 hours.
Disclaimer: These roads should not be taken during any kind of wet weather. We drove through a dry river bed which is subject to flash floods in several places. Rain several miles away could cause you to get stuck and have to turn around as the road will be impassable or possible worse. Know your weather conditions before traveling them. But it will be worth it.
This is my dad. I took this shot on a grey, drizzly July afternoon in Montreal. I had taken him to a couple of cemeteries so he could show me where various members of our family were buried. True to form, I toted my camera along and tried to remember the experience through my lens. Barely two months after this was taken, we lost him, leaving me with a stack of disconnected pixels on a hard drive and more questions than answers. I often look at my pictures from this day and wonder whether or not he knew, or sensed, that his life was drawing to a close. They somewhat haunt me, but I still feel compelled to take the occasional look. Today would have been his and my mom's 56th wedding anniversary. Days like this make me wonder what might have been if the universe zigged and did not zag, and remind me why we should be thankful for having had whatever time we were given. #Montreal #Arthur #Levy #zl #family #everything
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