Back Ground

Several years ago I decided to make a career change. I had been roofing in Phoenix AZ for many years and did not feel like I was fulfilling my destiny. I decided to go back to school and become a nurse. And so with my wife Kendra by my side I embarked on a remarkable journey , a journey of changes foreseen and unforeseen. When I began my schooling, nurses in Phoenix were in very high demand, hospital census was high, and sign on bonuses were the norm. Not so when I graduated. So after three months of fruitless searching in AZ, Kendra and I began to research compact states, and decided to apply at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City South Dakota, where I was eventually hired. The result of this hire was the unforeseen change, we had talked of moving to another area after graduation but did not imagine SD would be where we would end up. However, we fell in love with the area on first arrival. The Black hills essentially began right in town, Deadwood, Lead, Spearfish, the Badlands, Hot Springs, Sturgis, and Mount Rushmore are all just a few miles away. Also, we are fortunate to have a congregation of 70 in Gillette Wyoming, which is only 150 miles west of us.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Scenic, SD

Welcome to Scenic, SD, a rustic town with an old west feel.
Kendra and I found our new dream home.  A little TLC and elbow grease would make this place shine.
A hostel.
Saloon, previous owner had a fetish for skulls.
As you can see by the sign, even Indians are allowed, if not necessarily welcome here.


  1. Hilarious! Maybe we could move into the building next door, It looks like my dream home in disguise :) Heidi

  2. Room for the whole family at this location. Kids can play outside to, closest neighbor is about 20 miles... P.L.

  3. I'm with Heidi! We could have a commune!

  4. It would be so shabby shriek !! baf