Category 2017 October Black Hills

Fishing, Relationships, Loneliness and Vulnerability

October 27, 2017 2017 October Black Hills  2 comments

The last few days have been fairly interesting.  This illness leaves a person fairly isolated from the world.

Social Introvert

I am a very social introvert.  That means that I need a lot of time alone to recharge my body, mind and soul.  However, at the same time, I have a great need for socialization.  The tricky part is striking a healthy balance.  One of the ways I accomplish that is by going to for lunch many days and often going to a coffee shop late in the afternoon. I often take my laptop with me so I can get some work done and at the same time have some social interactions.

While camping in Custer, SD, I have tried to go out for lunch a few times.  Many of the restaurants are closed as they cater to the tourists from about May through September.  A few are still open...

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Life in Custer, SD

October 24, 2017 2017 October Black Hills  4 comments


Sunday was a really tough day.  I traveled from central South Dakota to Rapid City.

BTW, this is what the Sacajawea statue/sculpture looks like in the daylight.  Pretty impressive.  She is 50 feet tall.

Then came the challenging part – finding a campsite.  I am used to camping a lot on BLM land in states like Wyoming, Montana, Utah, etc.  Although boondocking (dispersed camping) is allowed in the Black Hills National Forest, it has proven to be more difficult than the BLM land.  Much of the National Forest is actually private property.  That makes the search much more interesting.

I had stopped at the information center in Rapid City.  They gave me a list of National Forest campground that were still open...

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Leaving for Sabbatical #3 2017

October 22, 2017 2017 October Black Hills  4 comments

Having already gone on two other sabbaticals in 2017, I am now on #3.

My health had gotten much better spending a good part of September in Wyoming.  I returned to Minnesota two weeks ago. Immediately, my left leg quit working.  Over the last two weeks, right right leg was starting to no longer work, either.  Now walking on one leg and a cane is hard enough.  Walking with zero legs is a completely different story.  There were even times where I resorted to crawling on my hands and knees, or even just crawling on my stomach to try to get somewhere.

I also started blacking out again.  My brain and body would go limp with no warning. It was very scary for both my wife and myself.  Even last night, we were sitting watching TV after enjoying a dinner together...

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