Sunday, April 5, 2009

Yet ANOTHER snow storm!!!

What's the old saying, "when it rains, it pours",,,,,,,,It seems that "when it snows, it blizzards!!!!!"

From today's Rapid City Journal:
The third major snowstorm in two weeks dumped another foot of snow on Rapid City on Saturday, derailing weekend plans, closing roads, businesses and the airport and leaving many with a serious case of cabin fever.

12 inches of snow fell in and around Rapid City yesterday. I-90 was blocked all across the state and even East of Sioux Falls.

Our good friends, Dave and Lois Brown stopped by and spent a couple days with us on their way back to their home in the Black Hills. They stayed in the local Congress motel. Dave and Lois have spent the last several winters in Yuma. They always brought their 5TH wheel in the past; however, this year they decided to rent a Park Model. They said the Park Model was nice, but next year they are going to again bring their 5TH wheel. They missed their "home on wheels". They also came to visit us in Tallahassee, Florida way back in about 1996.

We first met Dave and Lois the first year we began full timing back in 1995. It was our first year in the Black Hills and we were Camp hosts at Angostura Reservoir, near Hot Springs. They used to come to the lake fishing on weekends and we struck up a long and interesting friendship. Dave had fished that lake since the 40's and we fished together a lot. He really knew where the BIG fish hung out. We enjoyed going out and catching tons of fish with him and he enjoyed Pat cooking them up for dinner "southern style"! Pat introduced them to Cheese Grits and Hush Puppies, along with fish fried in "beer batter". Southern cooking agreed with them!!

This is an interesting couple. Dave ran the local Grain Elevator in Olerich, SD and Lois was a school teacher. They both lost their spouses many years ago. Both love to dance and had known each other well as couples before they lost their spouses. It's so neat that they can go on enjoying life and still love dancing at least once a week all winter long....

I have a lot in common with Lois, as her kids and grand kids are quite involved in Rodeo. She knew that I was raised on a cattle ranch just a few miles south of where her ranch was located and she remembered that I rode Bulls and Broncs in Rodeos back in the 50's for several years. We knew a lot of the same people. What makes me especially proud to know her is that her Grandson is Chad Ferley,,,,,,Chad is a top notch Saddle Bronc rider. Now I mean REAL TOP NOTCH. Just "google" him and check out his record. He was high point man for several years, then in 2007 he won the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP,,,,,in Saddle Broncs!!! He is again "setting high" this year and we are all watching him very close as he continues to win at Rodeos across the US. Hang in there Chad and stay healthy. We hope to see him in the Las Vegas finals next fall....

Now, the REAL INTERESTING thing about this couple is Dave is 85 and Lois is 87... (sorry Lois, I had to tell). You talk about being active,,,, gosh they wear me out just watching them. They just never seem to get any older. Boy, do they ever give Pat and I hope......What an inspiration!!! Dave and Lois, my hat is off to you both,,,,,keep it up. Maybe I do have a few years left in me. I hope I can follow your example.


Since the weather is so bad up where they are heading, they decided to go over to Oklahoma and visit a daughter and then to Wichita, KS to spend time with a Grandson, before continuing on North......Safe travels you two,,,and God Bless!!!

Meanwhile the wind just BLOWS and BLOWS here at North Ranch in Arizona. But what the heck, it was 70* yesterday. What am I complaining about!!!! Glad I'm not up near that beautiful "Broken Arrow Campground" in South Dakota yet! But we will be there in another month or so.......

Thank You all for stopping by. We are off to Church for the early 8:00 services....

It was a GREAT WEEK!!!

God Bless...

Mike

This Blog published every Sunday and Wednesday.

4 comments:

Kathy said...

What a neat couple! Glad you guys are having a great time. We miss you both down here.

Bruce and Carol said...

man, the weather in SD is like here! i will post some pics on my blog later. gotta get ready to go to online church!!! even if we had a local church we couldn't get there today! hugs to both of you from both of us. :)+ oh yeah, we are great PBR fans. Mike, maybe Bruce knew but I never knew that you rode bulls and broncs. Wow!!! I was never a fan until I started watching on TV!!!

Jerry and Suzy said...

We've said it before and we'll say it again -- we're so glad to be in this part of Arizona!

We've said it before and we'll say it again -- good friends are a real treasure!

We in Benson enjoy both, and are happy to call you good friends!

Ron and Thelma said...

I just love that poodle. He looks like ours. I hope I can do that at that age if I live that long.