Saturday, June 29, 2013

Habitat House From Hole to Foundation

Upward Bound, a program for first generation university students, volunteers their time to work on a Habitat For Humanity project. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tornado Intercept Vehicle 2 or TIV-2

If you see one of these vehicles in your neighborhood you know there is bad weather. This is a Tornado Intercept Vehicle 2, known as TIV-2, built by Sean Casey for the Weather Channel's series Storm Chasers. It is based on a Dodge Ram 3500 with a Cummins Diesel engine capable of powering this tank over 100 miles per hour. With a fuel capacity of 95 gallons it can travel over 750 miles non-stop. The side and front panels are hydraulically lowered to the ground to direct wind over the top of the vehicle. The turret is used to make IMAX movies of tornados.

This vehicle's crew was having dinner at a local restaurant while they were chasing tornados. There was a killer tornado about 25 miles north of here which took the life of a women in a trailer. The storms dumped about 2.7 inches of rain on us in 24 hours while neighboring towns received much more. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Black Hills Burger and Bun and Discount Signs

The two basic needs of the traveler, food and fuel.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Crazy Horse Statue, Black Hills, SD

Korczak Ziolkowski's plaster model for the carving of Crazy Horse Mountain. It is the largest carved statue in the world. Just the 60 foot high face of Crazy Horse is large enough to hold the entire carving of Mount Rushmore.

Here is the statue and mountain seen from about one mile away. The first blast beginning this carving was in 1948. Work continues by seven of Korczak's ten children who have become skilled carvers.