Tuesday, July 18, 2023

300 steps down, elevator ride up.🙂

Lusk, WY has a population of less than 2,000 people. For us it was one of the few RV parks between Rocky Mountain NP and Rapid City, SD. We also ran into another Palazzo couple there that we had met in 2020 in Wakarusa, IN. Small world! Although a small town, our walking tour showed us the spirit of the people of Lusk. We walked around town because not much is open in this little town on Sundays!

Wagons or wagon wheels were found at many businesses or sitting by homes.

Stagecoach in front of the Stagecoach museum.

Around the library was a Storywalk, Did You Spot my Spots by Savanna Simmons. It's a story about a horse that lost his spots in the Wyoming wind and his best friend who helps him.


This unique water tower was built in 1886 to provide water for steam locomotives.  Early steam locomotives required water every 20 miles. The redwood water tower is the only one of its kind left in Wyoming and the only one of 9 left in the rest of tbe country.

Many businesses and homes had barn quilts.

On our way to Rapid City Monday we conquered another national park when we stopped for a cave tour at Wind Cave. Wind Cave was established in 1903 as the 7th national park. It is so named because of the strong gusts of wind blowing in and out of its entrance.

They had several different tours available including a 4-5 hour Wild Life tour. The Natural Entrance tour was the only one available during our time frame. It was a 2/3 mile tour lasting 1 1/4 hours.

This came is mostly a dry cave so no stalagmites or stalactites. The did have three formations, boxwork (looks like honecomb), popcorn, and frostwork in the area we toured. Wind Cave has 95% of the boxwork formations found in the world.

Paha Sapa Limestone, derived from the native Lakota word meaning "Black Hilks."

Wind Cave National Park preserves one of the longest and most complex cave systems in the world, and one of the last remnants of the mixed-grass Prairie with its abundant wildlife. The cave has 154.2 miles of explored cave passages making it the 7th largest cave in the world and 3rd largest in the U.S.

Where are the Piepers now? Rapid City, SD

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