Buffalo – Custer State Park, South Dakota, August 20, 2007
Smokey skies were to plague us much of our 2007 trip out west. It had been a hot dry summer for much of the nation and forest fires to the west of us – some all the way out in California – meant smoke in the air for our trip. We had deliberately delayed our trip, which was to take two months, to later in the season when the chance of fire was much lower. It was the first long trip after retirement. At this point in the trip, we had been away from home 8 days or so and we were planning to be gone until near the end of September.