latest research trip

June 24, 2019

A bit of silence there, I forgot to post on the road. Because what’s the point of being self-employed if you can’t drop everything and drive 400 miles to check on some things for a story? The story is a Cormac and Amelia adventure. We’ll see if I can pull it all together.

The trip was to the Black Hills area of South Dakota, with a bit of a detour to the Badlands. I packed a lot into a few days, did some hiking even though the weather was cool and cloudy and I could have used a bit of sun. Visited Deadwood, and the graves of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Swung by Sturgis just to say I did. Did not go to Mt. Rushmore, believe it or not. I saw it as a kid and I just didn’t want to deal with the crowds this time. The region is beautiful, but very touristy. Deadwood is all casinos, and I had to hunt for the Old West bones of the place. But I saw lots of deer, pronghorns, the bison herd at Custer State Park, and did some birdwatching (I got a lifer:  vesper sparrow). Wore myself out a bit.

Now I’m home, and it’s time to work on this story.


3 Responses to “latest research trip”

  1. David Hack Says:

    Searching for the Old West bones of Deadwood sounds like really good grist for a Cormac and Amelia story.
    Congrats on the lifer.

    I have gotten in to going to Walden Ponds these past two months and am starting my own list. (If one reads your blog long enough hobbies begin to accrete.)

    Sundays highlight was a ten foot away encounter with the resident Blue Heron. He was frozen staring at me like a raptor in Jurassic Park, of course he flew away immediately when I moved to take a picture.

  2. sarah peterson Says:

    yay! more cormac, thank you! saw sturgis too, but it was mostly empty and that was nice. if you haven’t been, cody wy is a fun westerny town. we stayed at the irma hotel (supposedly haunted) i didn’t see anything, but it does have a very redrum feel about it.

  3. […] Vaughn posted about her Badlands research trip here. She also visited Deadwood and Custer State […]

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