We've entered our last week here in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Fortunately, the weather is still holding, no snow in the forecast, although the temperatures are definitely dropping, and at the moment there's a hard and ice-cold wind blowing!
James is finishing up the project he's been working on all summer (the 'caboose') and will probably be done tomorrow, so the plan is for us to play one last round of golf at the club on Saturday and than pack up and leave on Sunday.
I'm doing some last time laundry and cleaning up in general, bringing the blog, and Facebook, up to date and have been working on finishing the itinerary for our trip south.
We're really going to miss the golf club here in Lead and we're trying to get as much golf in as possible while we can, although last time we might have been pushing it a little by going out in the fog:
It was wet and cold, but we actually worked up a sweat in the end, bundled up as we were!
Needless to say, we were the only ones there, even the clubhouse was closed 'due to the weather'. We're such die-hearts ...
The campground is completely deserted by now, we're the only ones left, and pretty soon they're going to turn off the water for the winter, (they're expecting 28F tonight!) so we can't stay much longer ...
This little squirrel has been entertaining me for the last two weeks or so by running around tirelessly in front of my window, working on his pine-cone stash for the winter.
Maybe he knows something we don't, it might be a very cold winter?
I hope he's careful, because the other day I noticed this hawk sitting in the pine-tree right above the area where he normally does his running around ....
I think it's a young Red-tail ...
Coming to think of it, most (little) birds seem to have left the hills for warmer places.
This little Lincoln Sparrow better has to start thinking of getting out of here too, winter will be way too cold for him here:
I've been taking some last pictures around the campground, while the leaves are still on the trees.
They're falling fast now, with this wind!
I'm soooooo going to miss this place!
It's just amazing how mushrooms seem to pop up like crazy, almost overnight it seems!
Some of them look edible, but since I don't really know my 'shrooms', I think it's better I not try ... they sure are pretty though.
I think even these lichen are quite decorative, but I'm weird like that ...
As always, the colder weather makes me think of comfort food, hearty dishes that stick to your ribs, so I couldn't resist making a nice crock-pot of pea-soup ... the first of (many) the season.
And baking of-course. Apple-pie with cranberries and caramel-pecan-chocolate chip cookies!