The Troubadour's office staff worldwide took a few weeks off to enjoy this unforgettable summer filled with Covid twists and turns. I retreated to my cottage in Deadwood, South Dakota, a place almost untouched by the virus. Masks were seen in the tourist haunts and the Spearfish Walmart but other than that one would hardly know there was a worldwide pandemic.
South Dakota is a wonderland that travels within the quantum sphere - neither here nor there. We know an outside world exists, and while we demonstrate the finest western down home hospitality, we sure do appreciate the fact that people find their way out after spending all their dollars in our beautiful Black Hills.
|The Williamson Deadwood Cottage (Left). The view of downtown Deadwood from the Cottage's Deck (right)|
|A typical quiet late summer afternoon from the Cottage.|
My family has spiced the Black Hills with character and culture for well over one century. That tradition continues to this day. Take my Uncle Marvin and Aunt Dolores for example. They live on Playhouse Road outside of Keystone just off the Iron Mountain Road which winds through the granite spikes of the Black Hills to Mr. Rushmore. Marvin was a rodeo circuit rider back in his youth , then worked construction before retiring. Dolores was a nuclear medicine technician at the Rapid City hospital. Today Marvin tends a large garden, raises horses, plays gin rummy with the local cowboys, and passes the ponderosa pine scented afternoons making arrowheads from his front porch.
Aunt Dolores has a workshop a stone's throw from their cabin. She weaves her own wool on a loom, makes doll clothes which sell worldwide, needle works traditional samplers, and hand makes beautiful bowls made entirely of pine needles (seen in the photo).
Responsibilities brought me back to Utah but I'll be returning to close on a new property I purchased in Deadwood. The Cottage is joined by a new home I call "Creekside" a half block from Deadwood's rodeo grounds and American Legion Baseball field. Creekside will be a blessing for the aging Williamson's, it has very few steps and walk in showers. Whitewood Creek flows directly across Crescent Avenue in front of the house making for pleasant evenings.
Creekside is less than 200 steps from the front doors of Cadillac Jacks, Deadwood's finest hotel / casino. They have unlimited soda and hot chocolate machines for those cross creek adventures. One of Deadwood's two gas stations / connivence stores is next to Cadillac Jacks for my Diet Dews etc. I'll enjoy Creekside very much.
Both Creekside and the Cottage are open to you fellow faithful Troubadours if you find yourself needing sanctuary in a land time has nearly forgotten. There aren't many perks in the space centering business, but there are a few.
Reality's Edge at Canyon Grove is Busy Busy Busy
Bradyn Lystrup came by The Fortress of Solitude (my home in Pleasant Grove) this week to see how the remodel is going. We sat down for good catch up. He reports all is going well at Reality's Edge. The three simulators are busy busy busy with private missions. Several staff and volunteers from the Christa McAuliffe Space Center work at Reality's Edge this summer while construction continues at the CMSC and Central School.
Bradyn is doing a fantastic job as director of Reality's Edge. He knows the business inside and out from his time growing up at the CMSEC as both a volunteer, supervisor, and Voyager Flight Director. I'm happy at least one of the Space EdVenture Centers is open during this strange summer. The CMSC is under construction. Renaissance Space Academy is closed for the summer as Renaissance Academy is being remodeled. Telos Discovery Space Center is running missions for the school's students only and The Lion's Gate Center is closed for the summer due to Covid.
I was pleased as punch to learn that my old old Voyager Mission "The Grand PooPah" was resurrected again for a telling at Reality's Edge a week or so back. Bradyn sent a few photos of himself decked out as the Grand PooPah himself. Self Respect is something a Space EdVentures director can't afford as you can see in these photos :)
Good Job Bradyn and team at Reality's Edge for keeping the Space EdVentures program alive and well during the infamous summer of 2020.
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