Thursday, May 26, 2011

Spearfish in Bloom

Now is the rainy time of year for Spearfish. While it often ruins plans for great outdoor adventures and bbq’s, it does bring beauty to the area. The grass is growing, the flowers are blooming and the lilacs are budding.
I think the lilac is a staple of summer for Spearfish. Spearfish has so many lilac trees and bushes that at times it seems like the whole town is filled with their sweet, thick scent. They’re beautiful flowers come in pinks, blues, purples and whites. I have two lilac bushes in my back yard and most of my neighbors have lilac trees or bushes as well. When they start blooming it means summer is right around the corner, and I love them for that.
So don’t let these rainy days get you down. Just look for the lilacs and smile, because you know what’s soon to come.
-Jill Broecher of Visit Spearfish, Inc.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Running the Spearfish Rec Path

One of my favorite things in Spearfish is the recreation path that meanders through town. The path provides a peaceful and scenic route through Spearfish for bikers, runners and walkers. There’s really nothing better after a day in the office than slipping on my running shoes and hitting the rec path on a warm, sunny spring or summer day. Mid-morning runs on Saturday or Sunday are great too, as the city streets smell like dryer sheets and clean laundry.

The Spearfish recreation path is approximately 5.3 miles long. It follows the Spearfish Creek through most of the town – occasionally separated from the creek by houses, at which point it follows the city streets. There are nine city parks along the path.
Now is a great time to start enjoying the rec path. Go for a leisurely walk with a friend, exercise some pedal power on your bike, or take a run. You could start training for one of the great summer races in Spearfish, like the CASA 5k and Half Marathon or the Leading Ladies Marathon and Half Marathon.
Whatever your activity, I guarantee you’ll have fun. See you out there!
-Jill Broecher of Visit Spearfish Inc.  

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hiking Lookout Mountain

The spring weather in Spearfish is perfect for hiking right now. There are plenty of great trails in and around Spearfish to choose from. One of the most popular to locals, and the hike I did this past weekend, is Lookout Mountain.
Lookout Mountain is on the east side of Spearfish. It’s very close to town, has several access points and is a short, easy to moderate hike. Its elevation is 4,452 feet, which is about 800 feet above Spearfish. It provides spectacular, panoramic views of the city of Spearfish.
I started my hike at the east end of Nevada Street. I wandered through a tunnel that leads under the interstate, and from there I simply followed the trail. I met a group of runners at the beginning of my hike. No doubt they were training for the Thoen Stone Seven trail run, which takes place on Sunday, May 15.
After hiking the first hill, I was far enough away from the interstate that I no longer heard the cars. That’s when this hike becomes really peaceful. The rest of the hike I followed the path and felt isolated and “in” the wilderness. But, I knew I was still so close to town, because at various points throughout the hike I could see picturesque views of Spearfish (like the one in the photo above). At the top of the mountain there are even greater views of the city. This is the perfect place to absorb the whole area, as you can see for miles.
The hike back down went faster than the hike up. I met some younger high-school-aged kids on the way down. One girl was wearing flip-flops and I’m guessing I looked a little over-prepared with my high-top hiking shoes, wool socks, and backpack – carrying water and my camera. The whole hike took about an hour-and-a-half and could be done quicker if you weren’t stopping for frequent photo opportunities, as I was.
-Jill Broecher of Visit Spearfish, Inc.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Summer Grilling

Summers in Spearfish are a divine force to be reckoned with! There is something for everyone here, especially for those who love the outdoors. Whether it’s hiking the canyon, riding the bike path or drinking a beer on the patio at Crow Peak – Spearfish has everything you need to relax. Many of my favorite summer days in Spearfish involve a morning bike ride to any one of the friendly neighborhood coffee shops, followed by a long bike ride or a day at Iron Creek Lake.  In the evenings the focus is always what’s for dinner. The perfect solution? Grilling with friends, something I try to do a couple of times a week. There is nothing better than soaking up the last of the day’s sunbeams and kicking back with some righteous skewers and some good conversation. Spearfish Park sits on the creek and is surrounded by gorgeous, shady trees, a volleyball net, basketball hoops and lots of great picnic spots. Many of my best memories were made here.

-Holly W.