: My Kadoka SD Ranch trip 2010



HAZZARDJOHN
08-03-10, 01:45 AM
My Dad, one of my best friends, and I went out to Kadoka South Dakota over the weekend to train some dogs. We took the new RV and it was a Blast (Despite being near 100 and humid all of the days) anyway here are the pics.

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^ First trip in the new RV

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^ Met up with Sean in Watertown and I rode with him the rest of the trip out there
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^ Drake wondering what the hell we are laughing at!

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^ Damn Smokers!

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^ Now if I knew what was going to happen on this bridge I would have been more concerned with getting a fresh pair of underwear from my bag instead of taking photos!

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^ What's this! The RV on the side of the road just off the bridge?

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^ Notice something weird about the trailer position?

Well, my Dad bought a new Pre-assembled drawbar and 2" ball for the RV so he didn't have to use the one from his truck. He thought he'd save the hassle and by it put together. Well about 400 miles into the trip the Nut finally vibrated off the hitch ball and the trailer and the RV were separated. I watched to whole thing happen in the rear view mirror. How he didn't pitch a four wheeler over the bridge into the Missouri I will never know. My Dad stayed calm and let the rig slow naturally and made it across the bridge. The only Damage was the spare tire on the trailer. Not even a scratch on the back of the RV. (Broke a couple straps on the trailer too)

HAZZARDJOHN
08-03-10, 01:47 AM
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^ a New hitch ball and some new straps we were under way!

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^ If I only new that was as cold as it was going to get for the next 72 Hours.

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^ This guys turtle shell was flopping in the wind and he was throwing his luggage all over I-90. We Flagged him down after ten miles of trying.

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^"Look! 1880 Town!"

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"No one cares Sean!"

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^ Got 8 MPG on the way out. Not bad... I Guess!

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^ Finally the ranch! I haven't been out here since Sean's Wedding last year. I love this place.

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^ My new Friend. I call him Hoppy!

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^ We took my Dad on a tour of the Ranch at sunset.
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^ Hoppy came along

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^ Sean and Mandi (Sean's Wife) have 10,000 acres here. They lease the land out to other ranchers since they live in Watertown (he doesn't want to be a rancher and she doesn't want to be a rancher's wife). It has been in Mandi's family since the 1880's

HAZZARDJOHN
08-03-10, 01:48 AM
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^ Right after we set up camp.

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^ Dogs were tired!

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^ Sean wanted to go and kill Prairie Dogs or Coyotes or Who knows so he loaded up on beer and we headed out.

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^ Maybe I had a pop or two also... LOL (Hey They were free)

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^ An old truck I found that I was trying to Identify (I meant to get more pics in daylight but I failed!)

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^ His Wife grew up in this house (she is 26) and it has only been abandoned for about 4 years since her Dad Died. The other house on the property where her Grandmother lived is beautiful and in great shape but it was abandoned two months ago as she went to a nursing home. It is a shame, it will probably look like this in a few years as well.

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^ We had Satellite radio, Air conditioning, satellite TV and Ipod hookups inside and out of the RV! I love Roughing it! :)

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^ 6:00 am Mountain Time sunrise.

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HAZZARDJOHN
08-03-10, 01:49 AM
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^ Now since Sean had last been here, a storm with either a small tornado or tornado strength straight line winds destraoyed the garage and the pole barn. He was alerted about this a few months ago. We found parts of the barn in a ravine about 400 yards away! Yet an old Chicken Coop that was next to it and in disrepair survived. Mother nature is a ***** sometimes.

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^ some debris from the barn.

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^ My Dad and Sean talking about weapons.

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^ "And he's here to do some business with the big iron on his hip
big iron on his hip"

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^ What the hell are you looking at?

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^ It was 8:00 A.M. and we were done training for the morning, so I set a goal of climbing to the top of this Butte before it go unbearably hot.

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^ Closer

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^ Even Closer!

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^ almost

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^ Victory is Mine! (BTW that is the ranch and where I took the first pic of the Butte from!)

HAZZARDJOHN
08-03-10, 01:50 AM
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^ Just in Case you think I would haul my lazy ass up a hill that steep on foot! LOL

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^ The lone tree on the top of the world!

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^ This was the entire trip home, everybody heading to Sturgis.

Hope you like some of these pics, I had a blast, I love it out there and can't wait to get back.

~HJ

ben.gators
08-03-10, 02:28 AM
Sometimes that is wonderful to keep a distance from crowded cities and modern life and go to the heart of the nature all alone... I do love it. However that modern RV and those Kadokas are a bit extra at least for me! :D

Nice pics, thanks...

Stingroo
08-03-10, 09:11 AM
That RV is pretty damn epic. Sweet country out there too. Not sure I could ever live in a place like that, but it sure is nice to visit and look at.

Jesda
08-03-10, 09:24 AM
WOW, awesome views. That hitch problem would have made me piss myself. I think I've stayed in Chamberlain 4 or 5 times.


Those Sturgis bikers really drive up hotel prices!

I~LUV~Caddys8792
08-03-10, 06:46 PM
Looks like a great time John. I really need to get out on the road with some friends this summer. Usually we'll go on a road trip or few, but with the economy in the can this year, we've had to cut back on some of the fun stuff.

Rolex
08-03-10, 07:52 PM
Camping, nature, wide open country, blue skies, dogs, ATVs, beer, and guns. I give this thread a 10/10. :D

Looks like a good time. That's a ton of really good pics you've posted. Thanks for sharing the pics. As always I <3 road trip threads. :)

ga_etc
08-05-10, 01:38 PM
Great pictures. Those really are some spectacular views. Glad you had a good time, and that the trailer didn't get away, as much as it tried.