Greetings from Deadwood, SD

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by Maphusio, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. Maphusio

    Maphusio Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Sep 25, 2004
    Has anyone ever spent time here in South Dakota? I feel a bit, depressed, its pretty... remote.

    I'm amazed that I have a 3mbps connection though, I was thinking more like... dial up.

    If anyone has been to South Dakota, whats there to do here when I'm not working?
     
  2. I_eat_supermutants

    I_eat_supermutants Vault Senior Citizen

    Feb 5, 2007
    Haha. Whatever there is to do in South Dakota, you're doing it. Unless you like slot machines, drinking and stupid touristy crap, there isn't much. Mount Rushmore but it might be closed this time of year.

    In other words, enjoy the fresh air and all the time in the world to think. Besides, everyone from South Dakota are rabbit chokers.

    EDIT: If it were summer still I'd recommend fishing/hiking and outdoorsy stuff but currently it's probably too cold for any of that..... try the South Dakota lotto?
     
  3. UniversalWolf

    UniversalWolf eaten by a grue.

    Aug 28, 2005
    Since I'm from Wisconsin I've been there a few times, passing through. The Badlands are cool, but there isn't much to do there, really, beyond looking. If you could go back to the late 19th century it would be better: whores, gambling, and gunfights.

    If it were summer your options would be better. This time of year...I'd look in the local newspapers for a rodeo or a hockey game or some other kind of regional festivity. A saloon with live music? A museum?

    What on earth are you doing in South Dakota, anyway?
     
  4. Cimmerian Nights

    Cimmerian Nights So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Aug 20, 2004
    I drove through SD once (non-stop).

    It was very....flat.
     
  5. Maphusio

    Maphusio Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Sep 25, 2004
    I went to Rushmore this morning, that was a decent site. Then we decided to hop over to see Crazyhorse thinking it was much more completed than it currently is, so that was not eventful.

    I'm here on a business trip and yes, its all ready snowing here. Been snowing off and on since I got here on Tuesday. One of my co-workers drove through here on his way home (Washington state) its the only place he got a ticket. he said he could not go fast enough to get out of South Dakota. haha

    Interestingly, there does not appear to be any diversity to the local vegetation. No wonder why the American Indians that were forced here hated it so much. I've spotted grass, pine trees and some shriveled up leaf trees... Did I mention grass?

    Geologically there is allot going on. I can't quite fathom the processes that shaped this land. As far as you can see its roughly a few inches of top-soil then rock.

    Driving from Deadwood (the old gun-slinging town mentioned above) to Mt Rushmore I spotted quite a few odd rock formations and rock compositions. The rock is about the most colorful feature of the area. One mile you have red rock (assumingly rich in iron) and another mile you have black obsidian type rock. Apparently granite and marble are in high abundance here too (pink/purple color).

    So, not much. I'm looking forward to getting back home now that I've seen what most likely is all there is to see out here. Thanks for the comments all.
     
  6. Cimmerian Nights

    Cimmerian Nights So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Aug 20, 2004
  7. TheWesDude

    TheWesDude Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Feb 25, 2005
    the whole northern part of the US was created by glaciers and long-term water-flows.
     
  8. Shoveler

    Shoveler Still Mildly Glowing

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    Nov 8, 2007
    Cim, they're only using private funds, they keep refusing government grants and such. Else it'd probably be done a long time ago, they want no government intervention what so ever. Kinda cool, won't be finished in our lifetime though, hah
     
  9. Maphusio

    Maphusio Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Sep 25, 2004
    Indeed it was but the geologic features seen here are unlike elsewhere in the North of the US. Why is the bedrock so close to the surface and seemingly everywhere you look? In Washington state you can dig holes as deep as your hearts content and not hit solid bed rock.


    hoary me! I won third place in a slot machine tournament. Got 50 USD and didn't pay a dime to get in or run the machines. My trick was to treat the slot machine like a beautiful piano... The bitch still only gave me 3rd place *squints*
     
  10. Cimmerian Nights

    Cimmerian Nights So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Aug 20, 2004
    Didn't know that. Interesting, I guess it would be kind of hypocritical to take money from the Federales.

    But still, with the lack of progreess it seems like one dude and a scrap of sand paper whittling away there.
     
  11. The Vault Dweller

    The Vault Dweller always looking for water.

    Aug 24, 2004
    This is kinda cliche, but the Native Americans are probably like the Fremen in the sense that they've been around so long and expect to be around forever so time is not something to scoff at.

    Also I would love to see the Badlands of SD someday. Lucky you Maphusio.
     
  12. Maphusio

    Maphusio Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Sep 25, 2004
    hahah im not so certain I was lucky. On my way back to thee airport (where I currently await a 3:55pm flight to Denver (2pm now)) the rental car driver asked if we had visited the badlands. I had unfortunately not heard about them.

    You should have mentioned those earlier! Although, I do have 2 hours to kill...
     
  13. I_eat_supermutants

    I_eat_supermutants Vault Senior Citizen

    Feb 5, 2007
    Well as long as you enjoyed your stay. There isn't much out here in the "rustic west" as most people from more populated states call it.

    I was going to say if you found yourself in the Wyoming direction eat at the restaurant I work at but that's not likely. We do serve good food. It'd also be funny if I got a comment card signed Maphusio.
     
  14. Shoveler

    Shoveler Still Mildly Glowing

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    Nov 8, 2007
    Oh forgot to mention, the thing is gigantic, dwarfs Rushmore, I forget the exact specs of it, but much larger.
     
  15. Cimmerian Nights

    Cimmerian Nights So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Aug 20, 2004
    Granted, I guess it's too much to ask to see it finished in my grandchildren's lifetime though.
     
  16. Shoveler

    Shoveler Still Mildly Glowing

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    Nov 8, 2007
    Probably never finish. Have you seen the models of what Rushmore was to be before they started, was supposed to include most of their torsos too. Ran outta time, money and who knows what else, still quite the achievement though. It's great to dream big.
     
  17. Maphusio

    Maphusio Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Sep 25, 2004
    Hah thanks for the invite, I flew over Wyoming though, saw plenty o' farms. Ugh, that flight from Denver to Seatac was a bitch... I was so anxious to get home that it seemed like the flight I took from LAX to Sydney a few years back.

    I wound up eating at a Restaurant in Rapid city (some sort of Americanized Italian/pizza/burger chain). Ugh the girl there was frackin' gorgeous! A 5' nothin blond, tiny body skin to die for... The hostess was probably too young but, pretty damn cute herself.

    anyway im back all is workin.
     
  18. UniversalWolf

    UniversalWolf eaten by a grue.

    Aug 28, 2005
    Ahem. To quote myself from the third post in this thread...
    :mrgreen:

    My main impression of the Badlands was that it would be incredibly dangerous to get lost in them. They're a maze of gullies and ridges that all look the same and there's no water. You could stand on top of a ridge (a hard climb - steep and crumbly dirt) to get an idea where you should go to get out, but once back down in the next gully you'd be lost again. If it rained I'm sure they would instantly flood.

    Yeah, that's pretty much what it is.

    BTW, Devil's Tower in Wyoming is worth a look if you're ever in the area. It'll give you a new appreciation for Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
     
  19. Ozrat

    Ozrat Antediluvian as Feck
    Orderite

    Apr 2, 2003
  20. Maphusio

    Maphusio Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Sep 25, 2004
    I don't know if I will ever be going back... It wasn't my scene. I'm used to the Pacific NW where there is a very diverse ecosystem. It seemed quite bland there.

    Thanks though.