June 6, 2022

How to Survive Winter in the Black Hills | Things to Do in Winter



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Oh, winter in the black Hills, although it was 55 degrees a couple of days ago. Now it's 20 degrees and snow. So we've known we've got some moderate temperatures during the year. Winter always catches back up with us. Everybody its Tristan Emond with mindful living Realty, a realtor right here, rapid city, South Dakota.

Welcome back to my YouTube channel. I talk everything about moving to rapid city, and then wonderful things around. And the black hills, D'you what its cold outside. So I'm not going to talk about this right here. Okay. That's better. So winter, winter in the rapid city and the black Hills, what's it like? So when during the black Hills can be all over the place, it can be snowstorm in October that lasts all the way through March.

Or we can have this year. For example, we had a snow storm, one in September with a little snow storm in October, and then we didn't really have any snow again until december. And now it was 35 degrees last weekend. It's going to be like eight on Wednesday and there'll be 45. This next weekend. Look at this. This is a very typical black Hills crazy weather patterns in the winter time.

But it's not always this way. It does get cold. We've got blizzards, we get the wind blowing. And once the wind starts blowing, that brings a windchill factor that drops those temperatures way down sometimes where negative 20, 30 degrees below zero with a windchill in the middle of the night. So let's talk about how it can survive in the winter, the long cold winter.

Cause even if it's a light winter around March, we're really like. Can it just be Spring, I'm tired of not being able to go outside and not have to be bundled all up. I'm ready for the sun. And warmth can just spring tip. Number one, winter in the black Hills is beautiful when the snow comes down and it covers the trees.

It covers the Meadows it's then the sun comes out and it glistens on that snow. It's amazing. The different kinds of landscapes. It's like a whole different black Hills. So take the time to go find and enjoy that beauty. No matter where you go in the black Hills, you can find a drive. That's amazing. In the winter time, my wife and I last weekend, we went up to Rockford and went from Rockford north along Rockford road that pulled up just another side of Terry peak and lead and Deadwood area.

Beautiful little drive, a lot of little meadows some amazing places back there that isn't well-traveled, the wildlife is still out. And while I flew on Custer state park and it's a whole different drive, Spearfish canyon and spearfish. It's also a great time to rent a cabin in the Hills and enjoy the winter views.

We rented a cabin last year on the top of Terry peak with some amazing, winter views we had the sunsets every night. It was a great time. We didn't ski, but we enjoyed being out in the winter and kind of cuddled in that nice little place where we could have put fireplace on watch TV and just enjoy the day. Surviving the winter point 2 enjoy the scenery by going on winter hikes.

Now, hiking is amazing thing to do in the black Hills, no matter any time of the year, but it's a whole different ball game in winter. It's like an entirely different hike. We went on iron Creek trail of near Spearfish canyon. And we got to see the river running between the snowbanks and the snow up on the hill, made our little snowman along the rock and had a great time on that hike.

The other great hike we did was rough lock falls. Now they close off the road. They actually get to the falls and they'd just leave that first snowmobiles. So if you're going to hike it, you got to hike it the entire way. And you're probably going to want to bring snowshoes. And while you're doing your hiking, don't forget to check out the ice caves around rapid city.

The most popular one is community caves, but that's quite high. That's going, that's going up to get up to the cave where you see the water frozen over the cave. Great place. Great hike. Amazing to see, just make sure you're ready to go up that hill. That's a good one and more most important thing to think about when you're hiking in the black Hills during the winter is be prepared.

Now I did put a video about preparing for the winter and I'll put that up here somewhere. So you can check out that, make sure you've got the right clothes because you've got the right water, the right food. Make sure you are prepared if you do that in winter hiking. So you don't get a caught in the cold surviving in the winter.

Part three, snow sports. If you love adventures, there's so many winter sports. In the black Hills, Terry peak is the place to go. If you love snow skiing and snowboarding, they've got all sorts of trails from the bunny hill to the experienced Hills, driving down through the trees. They've got lessons for you and your family, and a great ski chalet to, you know, relax and drink beer.

The next fun adventure in the black Hills is snowmobiling. There are all sorts of places you can read snowmobiles one seaters two seaters and trails all over the place to go and have some fun. And enjoy getting into those back trails of the black Hills last year, my son and I went to big hill, which is just south of Spearfish, just up the hill, about half an hour, beautiful day.

It was with a bunch of snow. We went snowshoeing along there, up there. There was not only miles of snowshoe trails, but also groomed cross-country ski trails and fat bike trails. Not to mention the parking lot was this old trail head. So a lot of things you can do up in the big hill area in Spearfish. Another popular thing to do around here is ice fishing.

Now I'm not a fisherman to begin with, but then you put it on ice and cold, just not my thing, but I've seen a lot of friends go out there and they're pulling in. It's a pretty amazing fish. And having quite a bit, you know, the actual equipment where they bring in the big Hut and everything and a, to warmer on the hut than it was probably it's in your house.

A lot of fun ice fishing in Sheridan lake pactola, like deer field lake and all around the black Hills. And when you're done doing all that, you can still go ice skating. You can go ice skating at main street square in rapid city or Wilson park. They flooded a certain area and you can go. In the park, there also rank at Braeburn park, which is over, just off Jackson Boulevard on the far west side of town.

And of course there's the ice arena in town where not only do they play hockey and other things, but you also have some open skate times that are kind of fun. Got a great story about the ice arena. A number of years ago, took my daughter out to go ice skating, doing the free skate. And there was a bunch of preteen girls running skating, round the skating on the rink.

And this is about the time when frozen had just come out. So of course over the speakers here comes the song, let it go, let it go. And it was hilarious. Listened to all the girls, singing the song as they went around around the ice at the top of their lungs. It's a great place to ice escape plus it's indoors.

So we've got that going for you too. If you're in Deadwood, they also have an ice skating rink in their outlaw square this year. They also did something fun by adding in ice bumper cars. I haven't tried that yet, but it's on the list. That's gotta be amazing. And finally, you can get involved in hockey, whether that's adult hockey, getting your kids involved in youth hockey, there's figure skating lessons, so many more ice things you can do in rapid city.

Did you really enjoy hockey? Don't forget to go down, check out the rush, playing their games at the monument, begging of the monument civic center. We come to number four on the list, all the events that go on in the monument right now, we've got going on with the second biggest event in the black codes area.

And that's the stock show and rodeo here. You have everything from rodeos to stock shows to concerts, to so many fun things at the stock show and rodeo. Lot of people come to town to enjoy that. The monument has so many different events and activities during the winter. And they're inside. Look at this.

Whiskey tips here's that rodeo has mentioning the bands rush games, the black Hills sport show and outdoor expo, amateur hockey games, car shows more concerts, a dart tournament, a holistic wellness, the black Hills brawl fight league. So many different things going on. And the monument, keep your eye out for them.

They'll be there to keep you entertained during the winter time surviving in the black Hills, number five, local winter events, some of which aren't so south Dakotan. My first one is really a lot of fun is burning beetle. So here you go to Custer, South Dakota, you get a torch and you get that was lit and you walked through the.

Residential streets of Custer saying burn beetle burn. And they've got this beetle here, as you can see in the photo in front of you and you let the fire light the beetle on fire. This was in reference to a number of years ago when things were really dry and the beetles were starting to take over some of the trees and starting to kill off a lot of trees.

As some of the moisture came back, the beetle went away and this is our celebration. Conquering the beetle of the black Hills. Once the Beatles burns at the end, they've got fireworks that goes off to enjoy this cool winter celebration and what can be more fun than an outhouse race in Nemo South Dakota, here's where your team makes your own outhouse.

And you've got people that are sitting in it and people that pull it and people that push it and you race. Cause you've got all these different little fun, little outhouses that people have made throughout the. Oh, you have more South Dakota than that. Spearfish has Chinook days. This isn't celebration of the world record temperature change that happened in 1943 in Spearfish in two minutes, it rose 49 degrees.

Wow. They do this festival right with sports music, beer, and a bonfire. You can also find winter festivals that lead and at the miner brewing company in. If you're in Deadwood, they also have a lot of fun events, such as the canine keg pull, where they have dogs, race, pulling a keg. I've also always wanted to go to the snow cross races.

What could be better than professional snowmoblie riders racing around the days of 76 event complex. There's also a winter carnival and free ski up at the big hill trail area that I mentioned earlier. And if you're wanting to drive a little bit, you can go to Sundance Wyoming, where they have a fantastic winter festival, including still skiing behind a horse.

This is a great site to check out this black Hills and Badlands site. I'll post that below. Here's the things involved in February. We mentioned the sock show there's Mardi Gras weekend in Deadwood, the winter fat bike classic, a father daughter ice fishing event that black Hills sports show I mentioned earlier.

Calamities shindig the Sundance winter festival with the skiing and so many more things happening in the black Hills. Also check out the events, rapid city page for all sorts of different events going on in the black Hills as well. Many of which we've already talked about. There's also this thunder on the ice snowmobile event.

This is amazing to me. Cause I remember when I was a little kid, we would have snowmobile races on lake Benton in minnesota. And never to be left behind is the outdoor campus. Want to learn about ice fishing? Here you go. How about dark horse, spearfishing. Go for it. Family Dutch oven cooking. So many different things you could do at the outdoor campus.

This winter surviving winter in the black hills number six, shopping museums and beer. Here. We are in the downtown rapid city webpage, and you can see you're over explore how many different bars and brews are in the downtown area.

Grab your friends go to a brewery, enjoy some beer, enjoy some wine. There's a number of wineries around too. And then check out the many galleries, museums and art, not only in the downtown area, but all over rapid city. And don't forget, check with the mini plays, theaters and movies. You're going to attend throughout the rapid city area.

And when things get really cold and you just want a place to go inside to get away from it all, go to the mall. There's plenty of walking space. There's plenty things for kids to do. There's plenty of different shopping areas and things to enjoy at the Rushmore mall and then go down the street to Rushmore crossing where there a Sam's club target, Scheels, so many different stores in restaurant crossing, and finally make sure that you have fun in the snow.

We're in the black Hills. There's lots of Hills. You'll find plenty places to go sledding, go find a sled. You bought one for 10 bucks at Walmart, go sledding down the hill. And in the spring, when the snow is really nice and wet, do so many things, make your snowman, make snow forts, have snowball fights.

And of course, when it snows in, may you make your snow chair? All right, everybody there, we have it enjoying the winter in the black Hills of South Dakota. Hope you've enjoyed this video. Make sure you watch this video, which I mentioned earlier, preparing for winter in the black Hills to make sure you have all the right equipment, the right clothing and everything that you might need the expectations for winter and the black Hills.

Thanks everybody. Have an amazing day. And remember love where you live.

May 30, 2022

Rapid City Neighboorhoods - Copperfield and Copperfield Vistas


It's time for Tristan About town neighborhood edition.

Hi everybody. I'm Tristan Emond with mindful living Realty, a realtor right here in rapid city, South Dakota. Welcome to my YouTube channel where I talk everything about moving to rapid city area and all the amazing things will rapid city and the black Hills and these neighborhood editions of Tristan about town.

We drive through the neighborhoods and talk about what's nearby. Let's do it. Welcome to Copperfield and Copperfield Vista subdivisions These subdivisions are located in the Southeast corner. In rapid valley. OF These two subdivisions Copperfield is on the south and Copperfield vistas is to the north subdivision boundaries are copperfield drive to the east, the end of copper field drive to the south diamond Ridge Boulevard to the west with the Northern boundary being new, new roads being built north of Alison lane.

 Copperfield subdivision was built in the eighties and early nineties.

You'll find majority of split level and three level homes between 1,700 and 2400 square feet.

Mostly being three bedroom, two bath, two car garages.

for your school aged children valley view elementary, six minutes away. East middle school is right next to. So it was also six minutes away and central high school is 15 minutes away

in 2021. There were 13 homes that sold. With an average sale price of 288,250 bucks. The average days on market was two and the percent of sale, the list price was 103%.

You're minutes away from Timmins grocery store and the larger family fare grocery store. It's 10 minutes away. You'll be downtown in 13 minutes at Rushmore mall and 11 minutes shopping at target Sam's club and other businesses in nine minutes, 12 minutes to either Walmart, 12 minutes to the hospital. twelve minutes to the nearest dog park.

And about 15 minutes to the front gate of Ellsworth air force base

Copperfield vistas is the newer subdivision that started in 2008 and are presently building to this day.

You'll find mostly ranch and splitlevel homes, and a few three level homes.

All of which being three to four bedroom, two bath homes with two and three car garages.

In 2021, there were 37 homes sold. It was an average of $360,000 in 31 days of market. Considering that the majority of these homes are new construction that accounts for the higher days on market than normal. And the percentage of listed sale is 105%.

Within the rapid valley area, you will find the timons grocery store and gas station. I was mentioning earlier, Goodwill and car washes along east highway 44, theres dollar general or retail strip mall. And convenience stores. The new common cents as an inferno pizza inside the valley is also home to Jolly lane greenhouse and the black Hills Speedway family fare is on the corner of east St.

Patrick street and Campbell street. Next to ACE hardware. Paully's subs and pizzas. And daylight donuts you are also near to the east, north street shopping area, then there's Menards Hardware store and restaurants, such as Popeye's. Sonic and on the border, the closest park is Robbinsdale park with it's playground baseball fields and green spaces, and youth BMX track right next to robbinsdale park

is the leash free dog park the walking path there. It's just about one mile. Thank you so much for watching this video. We hope you enjoy it. Please give us a thumbs up. Don't forget to hit that subscribe button nail that notification bell to make sure you see all of our rapid city and black Hills videos.

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May 30, 2022

What Things Can My Kids Do in Rapid City?



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Mom, I'm bored. Dad, can I do something? I know these are the things you hear from your kids and you want to know what can I do with my children in rapid city. Hey Everybody I'm Tristan Emond with mindful living Realty. Welcome back to my YouTube channel. I talk everything about moving to rapid city and the wonderful things about rapid city and the black Hills.

In today's episode, we're gonna talk about the things to do with your children in rapid city. Now I do have four children. My youngest one is 19. So it's been a while since we really were asking the question, well, what should we take our young kids to do? And really what I've liked to have done is gone to all these different places and check them out, get some live video, show you what everything looks.

But that was going to take me for forever. So I thought we would get online. I'll show you the different websites over 50 different websites I've got for you, and I'll give you all those links below. So you have a great resource of taking your kids places and doing things with your kids. So that's good at it right now, things to do with your kids in rapid city.

All right. So let's start by talking about free things for kids to do in rapid city. Everybody likes free. And so the first thing we talk about is the rapid city public library. The whole second floor is kids zone. They've got books from teens all the way down to primary books and places for kids to read up there.

Plus they've got all sorts of story times and if you follow the Instagram account, you can see all the people that are just really loved to read. They love to dress up and they have a lot of different things going on at the rapid city public library. So check that out. If you're closer to Blackhawk and Piedmont, the Piedmont library is a considerably smaller, but they also have story times and other events to do with your kids.

And of course, is storybook island is one of the premier places for you to take your kids in rapid city. The storybook island has all sorts of different slides and places to visit and crawl through and really enjoy here in the storybook island. And when you're in town, check out main street square during the course of the year, there's also all sorts of things like movies in the park and other fun things for kids to do.

There's a kid's fair sometime during the summer, many of the things that are fun to do in mainstream square. And what better thing to do in rapid city, city of parks, then to go to said, parks. There was a great application down here called this rapid city park site, and it actually shows all the different parks in rapid city

and you can kind of go through each one. Every park has something different for the kids to play on. You can scroll in and see each one and where it's at. You've got lots of parks right here, all along main part of town. You're never too far from a park. All of these parks have all sorts of different places for kids to play different playground equipment.

Some of my favorites are down here in Sioux park and then legacy commons park, which is just, uh, just across downtown, over here. That's a newer part. They put it in with lots of cool new kids' equipment. Even for us big kids. Also in this site shows the bike path map. This gives you an idea of where you can take your kids walking or strolling or biking or striding or whatever down the bike path at different parts along rapid city.

And of course, you've got to go to dinosaur park. Dinosaur parks is an amazing place to check out. Plus there's like a lot, a lot of steps to get up to the. So burn out the energy by have the kids running up and down the steps to check out all the dinosaurs at the top of dinosaur park. Now dinosaur park is open all year long.

Just be careful in the middle of the winter, you go climbing on the steps to make sure they're not icy. The dinosaur park, uh, gift shop of course is open from usually may through October. And while you're visiting dinosaur park, you can check out the many trails that are up there on top of skyline drive. Some of these are flat and smooth and pretty easy to walk down.

Others have some Hills and some things to go and see. So you make sure you check out the different type of, of trails. You want to go check out when you're there visiting Dinosaur park. Another fun thing that we love to do with our kids is called geocashing. So you've got a GPS unit. You go to geocachingsite.com and you look for different places with your GPS unit and you find these little caches, and you see what treasures are inside.

You take a treasure, you sign in, and then you leave a treasure. And there's all sorts of geocashing all coordinates and stashes all over rapid city and the black hills. So let's get into some of the things that you can do in rapid city might not be free, but they're definitely fun. First place watiki waterpark.

This is a great getaway, especially in the winter to go and have some fun with the kids. It's got big slides for the big kids and little slides and places for the little kids to play. And when things get really cold and you really need your kids to get out of the house and run around, check out, run wild in Somerset.

This undo a play land gives the chances for kids to run around it. All sorts of different things. Kind of looks like the places we went to McDonald's back in the day. Rushmore mall is another great place to take your kids. There's lots of space for them to, uh, walk swiftly, drop the older kids off at fund's own virtual reality.

Take the younger kids, the fun zone inflatables. Ride the donkeys and horses around and even check out the kid play area, the rosevelt center is an amazing place for you guys to go. And not only for the kids to enjoy, but you as well. They've got a great pool with zero entry and some kid places for kids to play lap pools, as well as hot tub.

As you scroll on this website, you can see the different programs and guides that they have, the swim lessons and all the different things that they have going on. You can check here on the activities and classes and see what's going. Right next door to the swim center is the ice arena. Not only do you have open times to go in and ice skate at your leisure, but there also as youth hockey, times, times to learn how to ice skate.

And I think this is also where they look, you can even do curling here, all sorts of things at the ice arena. Now, if you're one of those parents and perhaps you'd like to take your kids to the museums, and there are plenty of museums in rapid city area, the first one to check out is the museum of geology in the South Dakota school of mines.

This is a free museum to, to check out. And it's got a lot of really cool samples of fossils and paleontology, a lot of different, really good things to see. So big geodes, a lot of different rocks after you're done there, you can check out the journey museum, which specializes in the native American history and the pioneer history of the black Hills region.

There's also the dahl fine arts center, which has galleries that change periodically. So you have different events and different things that happen there at the dalh fine arts center. The South Dakota air and space museum, not only has an indoor museum of all the different flights of history, but it also has an outdoor exhibit showing you the size and scale of many planes and bombers back in the day, you can also check out the Suzie cappa.

Art center down downtown, rapid city, and there's so many more museums and places to visit downtown. If that's what you want to take your kids do. But I'm guessing unless they really loved dinosaurs for planes. That's not really what they want. So let's talk about a bunch of different places that kids were really wanting to go to have a lot of fun and heard about some of that energy and to get air trampoline park in rapid city, you can bounce away and trampolines play Dodge ball, jump into a foam pit, all sorts of fun things.

Now I've jumped to that foam pit before. And boy, it's hard to get out of just FYI. A new adventure center is called game on where they have all sorts of laser tag and all sorts of events. And I love this Friday night scape that I've heard about that someday. We're going to take a part of. Also downtown is press start with, which has all sorts of video games, pizza and cocktails for you.

Downtown has another fun place called the VR den, a virtual reality place where you can do all sorts of fun, virtual reality things. Rapid city base camp is a great place for you guys to go as a family, do some climbing and get a feeling for how climbing works in rapid city for the speedy mids and your family, flags and wheels as your indoor amusement.

Got all sorts of things like go-karts bumper cars, laser tag, paint balls, batting cages, all sorts of things to keep everybody in your family. Having a good time. If mini golfing is your thing, the Pirate's Cove and rapid city is a fun adventure park to go with you and your family. There's also putz and glow off highway 16.

This is a blacklight mini golf course with some great theme holes and fun music. If i don't say so myself. Here's another look at the Roosevelt swim center where you can see just all the things they're included in that. So you and your family can enjoy the area. There's also a bunch of other pools around the rapid city area.

The Jimmy Holton pool has zero entry with the youth dinosaur slide and fountains. And you can also check out the park view pool and the horseman pool. And don't forget to enjoy the winter at the main street square ice rink. Have fun skating around we're up to the fires nearby and get some hot chocolate that alternative coffee house.

If you enjoy creating things with the family, canvas to paint is downtown rapid city. So some evening get together and paint a canvas with you and your family or you, or you can paint and create some pottery at pottery to paint

and same thing with prouty pottery, which even has some clay classes and a lot more fun. Lock yourself in a room at the black Hills escape room has been trying to get out. And then go downtown to the Elks historic theater, where you and your family can enjoy movies at discounted rates, and also check out golden tickets cinemas with reserved online seating and lay back chairs.

And of course, I have to mention all the wonderful things you can do. The attractions in the black Hills, reptile gardens is a must for you and your family. You can check out all the reptiles, see the crocodile show. And your kids will love petting the giant tortoises. Next on the list is bear country. The drive-thru wildlife park, where you can see bears in the wild run around your car.

And at the end, see all the baby animals in the park you're doing your kids would probably really enjoy old McDonald's farm, where you can play with the baby animals. Feed the animals, have pony rides and watch the Billy goats play on the bridge. The Rushmore Tramway has all sorts of fun for you and your family.

Look at this map, you've got an adventure aerial park. You've got a zip line, a jump tower, airplanes, slide, scenic chairlift, all sorts of things for you and your kids to have fun in Keystone, just, just below Mount Rushmore. Also near Keystone is the rush mountain adventure park, which is home of Rushmore, cave, mountain coaster, and so many other zip rides and fun things to do.

Then you can take your family to the cosmos mystery area. It's standing on the wall. See why somebody who is all the sudden bigger than you. And enjoy the mystery along highway 16, if your kids are at a dinosaur check out the dinosaur museum, other fun things to do in the black Hills is renting a boat on Pactola or even just checking out Pactola and sitting on the beach are great family things to do as renting an ATV and taking your family throughout the black Hills.

There are myriad of trails in the black Hills and see, as you can see plenty of places to rent an ATV. Where'd your, time's an amazing place to spend in the black Hills as well. Up at Terry peak, you can go skiing and snowboarding. There's even a bunny hill for them to teach you skiing and snowboarding.

Snowmobile renting is another amazing thing to do in the black Hills. This is just one of the many places that rent snowmobiles for you and your family. Other fun things to do in the wintertime is go on a hike. A winter hiking in the black Hills is an amazing experience because it's just a whole different ball game than the hiking during the normal types of the times of the year.

And since we are in the black Hills, it's pretty easy to find a hill, grab a slide and slide on the hill. Rapid city is full of sports and activities for your children as well. There's plenty of dance studios in town, places like the barefoot dance studio have many different style of dances, including modern dance, musical theater, hip hop, and cheer for your kids.

If you're looking for something a little bit different for your children, live it up. Studio in the mall has aerial classes for your children to experience just gymnastics, have just gym classes and fun for all ages, including the school year classes and ninja classes. For those that want just a little bit.

And great way to get out some of that energy. There's also a number of martial arts options. The rapid city wide YMCA has many different activities and programs for your kids. Some of them before school, some afterschool, lot of different things that they do and make sure you check back in the summer to see the different things that they offer during the summer.

The club for boys is a great place for your boys to hang out, enjoy interaction with some, some other. Play some video games and basketball and just have a great place to hang out. If your children love to buy music. My kids enjoyed the black Hills Rock school, where they got together. The band mates learned and played songs and perform them for the parents.

outdoor campus west is a great place for children to have educational classes that are held throughout the year. Not only do they have indoor exhibits, but they also have things like, canoe training fishing lessons and other outdoor skills? During the summer, the school of mines has summer camps. Whether your kids want to build a robot, fire a rocket, or learn to code, there'll be a program for your kids in the summer community.

Education of the black hills also has a number of things throughout the year, such as intro to kayaking, dancing, and some other, a lot of other different things that your children could be part of this year is a great resource that you could go through the parks, recreation and put out a program guide that shows all the different things that you can.

All the different places you can do them at whether it's the pools red cross or Ice arena rapid city, also the variety of sports for your kids, whether it be soccer, figure skating hockey, and of course baseball, baseball can be anywhere from T-ball all the way up to post 22, which is your 19 to 20 year old.

I hope this has given you a many ideas to take your kids and enjoy things with your children and your families. If you come up with any place, I didn't mention put it down in the comments below. We'll make sure that everybody knows about it. So they know where to go when they're taking the kids play around in rapid city.

Thanks again for watching. Have an amazing day and remember love where you live.

May 9, 2022

Homes Cost HOW Much in Rapid City?? 2022 Update



it's money, money, money by the pounds.

Everybody its Tristan Emond with mindful living Realty, a realtor right here in rapid city, South Dakota. Welcome back to my YouTube channel. I talk everything about moving to rapid city and the wonderful things about rapid city and the black Hills. Today's video. We're going to answer the question. So how much does it cost to buy a home in the rapid city and black Hills area?

Let's go to my website, check out the prices, check out the homes so you can get a feel what you would expect to spend on a property in the Rapid City Area. Right, So the first thing we're going to do is going to take a look at the rapid city areas, because we're gonna be talking about areas and how it relates to price point.

So let's go ahead and look at this. I've just put together this map that talks about the different areas within rapid cityand, and the black Hills, andmostly just highlighted rapid city and the areas around rapid city, rapid city, city limits in blue and the surrounding areas in the yellow.

So let's scroll in here. You can see here that. Rapid city in itself is separated in half by the series of Hills, kind of right here. You've got dinosaur park and the skyline drive right here. And then this is the Hanson Memorial park with the M hill right there. And so this area right in here is the gap taking you from west side or up city to east side, rapid city.

So you can see as we pull out a little bit here, this area here, here, this here, Northwest rapid city Up here is North this is Northeast coming down here to this side of highway of this highway right here. This is Elk Vale road. So this here it is rapid valley and it's not quite exactly my, my lines. Aren't exactly correct.

According to the way things are, but they're giving a good idea. Uh, this bigger part here is Southeast. This is city central city. And this year it was historic west Boulevard district. And that is everything from eighth street, all the way up to skyline drive here. So all the area in here and this over here is Southwest Lets go a little bit as we get outside of rapid city, this here is pine Grove area called pine Grove.

This is called black gap. Cause there's a subdivision down here it's called black back here to pine Grove and then that follows highway 16 down heart ranch. And this Arizona over here this here is down sheridan lake road, as it takes you through these developments down here when you'll see colonial pine Hills.

That's the only one, the only the Google talked about talks about being colonial pine Hills. But all these Red rock estates countryside, all these developments down here are in Sheridan lake road area. And then, and this is Southwest again, and also over here is rimrock highway. This is following following 44 out to 385.

And this up here is a Nemo road now to kind of amend my statement before these areas here, they're partially in town, partially outside of town, but they're the areas kind of still considered rapid city as you get into these yellow areas, we'll talk about other cities. So this is hermosa area. This is mount Rushmore area that takes you by Keystone in this area through.

Up here is a box elder, which is a home to Ellsworth air force base. This area up here is called elk Creek because elk Creek road right up here that follows elk Creek. And these areas up in here, everything from Blackhawk, all the way up to this Tilford area. This is called Piedmont valley and then of course you have the area on Sturgis and there's a road going from Sturgis to Deadwood-lead.

What called Boulder canyon and further out from that you've got Northern Hills, you've got Southern Hills and you've got central Hills as well as Northern Plains, Southern Plains. And then anything. Outside of the black Hills area. Whereas, so those are the areas we're talking about. We'll spend most of our time talking about the areas in the blue and maybe a little bit outside of that.

Just kind of give you an idea of the price points in rapid city and the surrounding area. But I need cover the column bunny, single book column. I even wrong with you. All right. Now let's start looking into the prices of the homes themselves. Now I'm on my website, rapidhomesonline.com my site was shows only the active listing.

So we're be dependent today on what is actively on the market right now, but we should get a better, real good idea of what you can find for what price and what areas to a good idea of how to start searching. Now I've got selected. We're just rapid city for now to kind of get an idea of what our first price point up to 250.

What can you get for under an under 250 in the rapid city area? My maps search here.

And this is going from those, the highest price point, all the way to the lowest price point, but you can see right off. What's the first thing you noticed is that anything west side, zero, nothing over here. It's all east side, north side. And of course it's one way out here in rapid valley. So you can see here as we let's go stroll, scroll down here and we'll get to the first page is we'll get to the bottom of this line.

And these ones here at the bottom, under a hundred thousand, all mobile homes, all with no, no land, not no permanent foundation. it's basically a big car, so you have to get cash or special loan to buy. So anything under a hundred thousand is basically going to be mobile home type scenario anything under 120.

I mean, look at this. This is going to be quite the fixer upper to say the least lots of stuff, kind of going on here. I don't look country station Flint. So, I mean a lot new siding, a lot of things going on right there, small little house on the north side of town. This actually is a mobile home here as well.

It's been redone. How about that one? Like that siding. That's pretty nice when they're in under 76, small Lakeridge, definitely a DIY 135. And this is on the south east side of town. East saint Patrick east St. Pat is one of the main areas through town. So you've got a lot of rentals in this area. You've got a lot of busy roads.

They're not, everybody wants to live on east St. Pat, but you can see smaller homes. These are north side as well. This is the Southeast side here. As you can do closer to 150 smaller home, three bedroom, one bath, I'm sorry, this Hawthorne one actually was on north side as well.

That's a manufactured home. This is an older home in west Boulevard. Could be nice. It probably needs some work is my guessing, but 2,400 square feet, four bedrooms, two baths.

And as you get into closer to 200,000, we're starting to gain some bigger properties. This one again, isn't it gonna need some work but definitely should be able to consider the fact that you're going to be spend some money to do some repairs, or you're going to need to do something to get the house, to the point where you're ready to move into it.

I've been to this house here, 130 for 250. I'm kind of surprises to at 250, because it seems like there needs to be enough work in there to really make it worth anything. Even though it says new carpet, new, this new that it actually has a lot of things that are kind of goofy in there I mean that old cabinets and stuff, it's pretty, pretty sad.

The other ones here, this is interesting. This is a smaller, new build, but its only a thousand square feet. So this area here, Brookfield subdivision they do some new constructions, but they are very, very small.

We'll get us some price reductions. I haven't seen the price reductions in awhile.


so with 200, 220, you're getting to the point where you actually can buy some property. That's a relatively decent but it's going to be smaller. It's probably not, could be as nice as you want. And the ones that are bigger efforts for under 250 probably need some considerable work. There's something that's been in the market for a long time.

There's probably a reason why we wanna make sure we take a look at that. All right. So let's go back to our search. Let's see about to my search here. We'll still say in rapid city, but we'll go from the 250 to the 500.

So we get all the quite a bit more properties and as you notice they're farther out so said you was started downtown and then it grew out. So the areas closer to downtown, those are the areas that are in the smaller homes, older homes. And of course the cheaper homes because of that, as things were developed out and out outside of town, things got to the point where you've got bigger homes and hours like new construction, like this areas and Fieldstone, new construction area.

This is a very nice neighborhood. For, for $400,000, you get this type of property is. 2800 hundred square feet probably built within the last five to 10 years. Possibly nice subdivision type property. So you can get to the inside pictures here. Yeah. Yeah. Very nicely done

for $500,000. One thing you notice here on the. On the map search here is that even here in town, there actually should be more in this area, in the west side of town. However they're getting sold. So if I had a more under contracts on it, I could probably find them on this list, but everything on the west side, under 500,000, he's either sold or there's nothing there, right?

Here's a property on, so this area here, this is that you buy a mobile home but it's on some acreage. So a lot of times when you buy in one acre in town that, that kind of gets you a workplace where you need to be, I'm not sure that 350 is quite the right price for this property, but she'll say you got some great views, that kind of thing.

We've got some new constructions for 360 out in the valley, a lot of, lot of new constructions in the valley.

More new construction.

This is a nice rapid valley neighborhood 225, 1800 square feet, four bedroom, two bath built in 2008.

So nice west Boulevard property for 300, but you know, you gotta like wallpaper and this one. How about that? So it needs some updating that. When I say proper here in Dale, drive a little bit bigger lot. It's like it used to be a duplex, but nothing fancy inside. Very basic property, 2000 square feet at Northside property on dolphin.

Tri-level Looks like they did a pretty good job updating this one. This is 275.

New construction here. Here's the west side one. It just went down $17,000. My goodness,

pretty typical west side location at the fifties bill, probably see that says here, you got your 1955. So you have kind of the older cabinets and the fifties look fifties, these original hardware floors. but you're on the west side of town. So you gotta, you got to pay for that. So that's where we get four from 250 to 500, as you kind of mentioned it.

Again Anything on the west side of town, we're starting at 300,000 just to get into something on the west side of town and who knows a condition or a quality. I looked at a property early this year for 250. And it was completely hasn't been touched since the 1970s. So everything needed to be updated carpets, wallpaper, everything.

 So that's kind of what you can expect on the west side of town. And as things continue to grow, we'll probably see the prices just keep going higher and higher. All right, let's go to the next step up from 500. Oops, 500 to 750

In the Rapid city area

We're going to start seeing some more high end properties, a little bit bigger, a little bit finer and a little bit more like for this instance this chipmunk place out Nemo road. So you get a little bit closer to properties out in the Hills and you got a little more land, a little bit acreage.

But anything that has black Hills in the title, obviously the price is going up. Anything that's within 20 to 30 minutes of rapid city is a very hotspot, very desired after neighbor neighborhood. Cause some people want to be, Hey, I want to be in the Hills, but I also want to be close to town. So I'm not far from town.

So that became something that was very. Even a number of years ago, so that all got bought up pretty quick. So if you're looking for a property close to town, with some acreage, and you'll only have 300,000 to spend, you're going to be in trouble. Now you better have above 400 above 500, probably have to get something really nice outside of town.

Maybe it was some acreage or even just on the edge of town. Sometimes in the west side of town, there's some nice properties that are kind of in the foothills that you can get into, but you probably going to need to have at least 500,000 to get him to that side of town. Here's six red rock village.

That's down in Sheridan lake road. Here's a Newer home up here. That's not wanting to load for me.

Let's go back to my map. Here we go.

Here's that property there. So this is their buildings, a few more contemporary style homes up here in Sheridan lake road you can see this kind of a newer look and you actually have some newer constructions here. This one though is probably only about, oh, this one is 3000 square feet actually. And it is a, it was new built, been been, you're buying a twin home though.

You're buying a duplex. So you're only buying half a house, basically. So new, there are some, a bunch of new construction. It's kind of up that way. As, but they're going to have to have a little bit of money to buy any of the Sheridan lake road area. And as you can see in this price point, there's only a few that are active.

Just one, it's a great glass, little home. It's got a great view, but it's sitting kind of on the edge of the hill. You don't have a lot of parking. You'll have a lot of rooms again to make sure you are okay with that. All right. Going back to my search again.

You want a 750 to no limit. Of course. Now we have the fun ones down here is. Million dollar hill, of course, in rapid city, you got skyline drive and there's some nice properties. Other than that, that's where you're going to see a lot more properties out in the Hills. Two to $3 million. These are the ones with nice acreages, big houses.

It's really tough to find a property in the black. That is a smaller house on acreage because back in the day in the eighties, when the seventies and eighties, when they were building these homes, that was the time when you were looking for a big house. We were looking for a big vacation home in the Hills.

So a lot of the properties in the Hills are pretty, they're nice size they're 30,000 square feet, whatever. So finding that 1800 square foot property with a few acres in the Hills, and it's pretty tough. Just kind of give you an idea of how things started and how things that had been built in back in the day.

Let's go back down through here. You can see here, we've got. We're at a 750.

So this one has got two and a half acres and you're, you're kind of with kind of in town, but kind of not in town, some rolling acres there. This is a newly built, a new construction house off Southeast side of town by the elk country states. And we've also got a golf course over there. So you're buying quite a bit of spearfish.

Plus you're getting a nice views of the South Dakota Prairie and the golf course. Here you're out of a property out in black, out in the black Hills, 800,000 for 300, 300, 300. Here's where we're talking 3,400 square feet on three acres, but you need eight hundred thousand dollars to make that happen.

Similarly, we got these, this property out here on white horse, which is on the road up to Custer, but you've, so you've got this big property on, I think the 16 acres, 3000 square feet. And you've got things like that to look at right. And the property, you know, the big property in rapid city, this is in red rock estates.

That's where you're gonna find a lot of your high-end properties as well. Right near the golf course there, I suppose there might be some golf course picture here. Fair, very high end construction, but you're in the subdivision. You don't have a lot of acres. You've put your 0.4, six acres, and it is a subdivision with a lot of other high end homes,

3000 square foot home here. Eight acres 875 grand. All right. So I hope this gives you a good idea, what look at those views and where you can get in rapid city and the surrounding area for over a million dollars. So we're talking about prices in rapid city, and we've also talked about properties just on the outside, in the black Hills of rapid city.

A lot of people have also asked the question, well, what about the smaller towns? Can I get something cheaper? And some of the smaller times, and generally the answer is not really. So let's take a quick look at the bottom end of the price points that some of these cities, just to kind of give you a feel for what you can or might not be able to afford in the cities of showcase what is available.

So let's start up with spearfish throughout the top. And Spearfish is a very popular area. It's become almost more popular and more expensive in rapid city, but you can see here, there are a number of properties here for sale under the 300,000.

Even some for 150. This one looks like a manufactured home here on land. That's manufactured home there for 110 75. That was manufactured home back to my map search. ,

yeah, manufacturer told them they're manufacturing on there. Here's a smaller home there in Spearfish for 300,000 7,200 square feet for 0.15 acre ranch style home.

But as you can see 300,000, isn't getting us a very much of anything, even in the Spearfish area. All right, let's go back to check out sturgis.

But you're looking at being in town in Sturgis.

The same one. There

it's 300,000. Isn't buying very much Sturgis, either back to the map we find.

Let's check out a Somerset to check out Somerset. Somerset is halfway between Rapid City and Sturgis on, I may have halfway, but it's about 20 to 25 minutes away from rapid city along I90

and that's going to be very popular neighborhood in this area. And, and there's nothing nothing for sale. I did sell it. Yeah. In the somerset earlier this year for 305,000, which is probably now at about 350 for the way things are going. But this year is a manufactured home.

Now in hot Springs, you will find some cheaper places. And maybe more of that. The problem is is that not everybody wants to live in hot Springs is an hour away from rapid city. ]not a lot going on in hot Springs at the moment. Nice little town. It's very cute. It's very. historic but there's just not enough going on to satisfy the needs of a lot of people.

You still have your grocery store, but it's definitely a smaller, slower town to live in. I had clients that were coming up from Las Vegas and looked at hot Springs and we're thinking about hot Springs because they want it to really slow down, but then decided that hot Springs was too slow when they couldn't find a cup of coffee at 2:00 PM.

So yes, home prices are going to be cheaper, hot Springs. You might get more for your money in hot Springs. Just make sure that you are interested in living in that area. Yeah, I think that's interesting to check out is lead. Cause you'll also find considerable a few more cheaper properties in lead South Dakota, but consider the fact that lead is built on the Hills.

So a lot of the properties there are built on the Hills. Sometimes you have to make sure you watch out for his foundation properties, foundation problems. Excuse me. And lead gets lead-deadwood gets 195 inches of snow a year. Hill city. There are some interesting options in hill city. However, very, very hard to find a property to buy in hill, city and Keystone, lots of commercial activity around there.

A lot of course tourist tourist area. So it gets hard to buy anything in that area. However, you can find new construction here, but these properties are small 1000 square feet for 220,000 brand new same thing here. This is probably about 700 square feet property for 205,000 property here on for 240.

And a two bedroom, one bath 816 square feet. So I'm assuming you're just going to buy a new construction here as well. As I kind of mentioned, as we were showcasing the properties on my website, home prices are up in our area 15% over last year, which is crazy unusual for our area, but that's the way things have been.

In 2021. Now many people are asking, well, you know, the market's going to crash, right? Prices are going to come down. Well, that's something that not really expecting to happen. Area considered the 2008, 2010 market crash. When the rest of the country was down 60%, we went down six. 6%, that's it. We always seem to somehow be isolated from what's happening in the rest of the country.

Be it, our remoteness, whatever it is that that happens. We usually have a pretty strong economy in the rapid city area. So I can't see how the prices are going to come down. Anytime soon. We've got lots of businesses coming into area. We've got a new mission coming from the Ellsworth air force base.

I'm talking with a lot of you that are thinking about coming into. So I'm not anticipating that things are going to slow down anytime soon, or that prices are going to come down because really the only way that prices would come down is if we get to a position where instead of being more buyers than sellers, we have more sellers than buyers, right?

We've gotta switch that market. And I can't see that happening in the near future. Homes are still selling for over asking price was multiple offers in 2021. I am seeing some price reductions. I'm seeing some things kind of slow down a little bit, but I kind of anticipate that to jump back a line. Once everybody gets back to work in January of 2022, who knows though, I could be wrong as always.

If you have any questions about the home prices in rapid city or about what it takes to get into a property in this, in this market, don't hesitate to give me a call, send me an email, make a comment below. I'll be sure to answer that as long as it's not offensive comment. Thanks so much for watching everybody have a wonderful day.

and Remember love where you live. Every little piece, every little piece. We could make a million by slicing him, dicing him for hokey. We could sell every little shell there's enough of him to go around money, money, money by the pound.

May 2, 2022

Prepare For Winter in Rapid City - The Things You Gotta Know



Winter is coming. I know it

Tristan Emond here with mindful living Realty, a realtor right here in rapid city, South Dakota. Welcome back to my YouTube channel I talk, everything about moving to rapid city and the wonderful things about rapid city and the black Hills In this video we're going to talk about preparing for winter.

Are you ready. So it's the time of year again, leaves are starting to fall off the trees, temperature getting colder. So now let's talk about the things around the yard you need to do to make sure you're protected from the cold. Now, first of all, it's November 3rd and it's 70 degrees today. I don't have a coat on it.

It's a weird year right now. You don't usually expect a November 3rd to be outside without a coat on. And look, there's still leaves on the trees. Usually all the leaves are gone. So it's pretty typical. South Dakota weather. We've already had two October snow storms. So now we're on what third fall, something like that.

Changing temperatures, changing weather always keeps you on your toes here in South Dakota . So what as you make the transition from August into September, you want to make sure that you keep your eye on the weather. Sometimes we get some really early frost in September, what it looks like it's going to get below freezing at night.

You want to make sure that you take care of your flowers outside, cover them out with a bucket or something. And honestly, if you've got a garden, putting blankets on top of that will help protect your produce from that early freeze. The other thing your going to want to do is make sure you remove your hoses from the outside spigot. Now the spigot itself.

Isn't going to freeze on you. But when you have the hose connected to the spigot and there's water still in the hose, once it gets really cold, that that water expands, and then it can break into that spigot. So make sure you remove your hose so that it's not causing issues later on down the line. The other thing you want to do is make sure that you hire some money to blow out your sprinklers.

If you've got a water sprinkler system in your yard, make sure you get that blown out because obviously water freezing and pipes makes it an explode. And that's a really hard to take care of really hard to fix. If they're, if they explode in the yard. Now, if it's just getting down to 30 degrees for a day or two, and they're bopped up to forties, fifties, you probably not going to be in too bad of a shape, but if it's getting down to the twenties for weeks and weeks on end, that's when you're going to want to make sure that those sprinklers have already been blown out.

The other, the next thing you want to do is make sure that you clean out your gutters as the leaves, fall and little branches fall in collecting the gutters. You want to make sure that you get all that cleaned out. So when the snow comes and then melt as it. There's plenty of room for the water to do its thing down in the gutter and out the downspout.

So let's talk a little bit about your lawn. So in South Dakota, in August, you're mowing once every two, maybe three weeks by the time September rolls around every so often, you're mowing the lawn just to kind of keep down the areas that grow up. But as there gets to be more and more leaves on the. What'd you do, probably what you're gonna do is you're going to grab your rake and your lawn blowers and put them on the pile.

Hopefully you jump in the pile a couple of times and cleaned it all up again before you finally get it done with it and make sure you used your composite compostable bags so that when you put it into the lawn waste area of that, that's all taken care of. But we, what we have done the past couple of years, which is kind of cheating, but it's worked really well is to use our mulching lanwmower.

And just run the lawnmower over everything. It mulches up the leaves really finely and just drops them into the ground. And of course, letting nature do its thing over the winter and in the spring. So is that the right thing to do the wrong thing to do? I don't really know, but I do know it doesn't take hours to do, and it hasn't done bad for our lawn for the past couple of years.

So get you a mulcher mulch up them leaves. Winter's coming. You were born in the long summer. You've never known anything else, but now winter is surely coming. When it comes to snow removal, invest in a good snowblower and a few shovels.

I like using the sand shovel to scrape off hard snow and ice. When it starts melting. Don't forget your bag of ice melter for your sidewalks and driveways. So the next question about the coming winter that often get asked about is about your vehicles. Do you need a fourwheel drive? Do you have to have snow tires in our area?

Generally speaking ? Not, unless you are planning on going off roading or driving up in, you know, lead really get lots of snow quite a bit. If you're just running around the cities, you generally don't need too much on your cars as far as set of tires or chains or anything like that. And then get the streets plowed off enough so that you can drive around in a typical all wheel drive car.

Like I've got behind me, my kids even drive a front wheel drive car, generally speaking, they get around. Okay. Now that being said, we do have a four wheel drive. And when it's particularly snowy outside That's probably the one I'm going to jump in the most important thing that you want to take care of on your vehicle is your tires.

When you buy that car from the dealership, a lot of times you'll have the, just a smooth summer type tires on them. And those are just going to spend, not give you any attraction, go and get a good all season, a little bit aggressive tire and put them on your vehicles. They're good for all year long. And they'll do just fine for you in the winter.

As long as again, you're not trying to climb up slopes or nothing like that. Your Ford Mustangs and muscle cars, just leaving the garage to the winter, pull them out through the summer. Also make sure y'all fit your car with ice scrapers, a roadside emergency kit that includes emergency blankets, emergency water, and other tools you might need along the road.

It's also a great idea to source some gas. So you had it if you need it.

and I didn't wash my car just for this purpose. You can see what your car looks like. After a couple of weeks, one around in the snow. Now, the city does a very good job of plowing and some of the main roads or town, some of the throat divisions, maybe not so much, but I'll get to it. They don't use straight sand or straight salt.

They have a chemical mixture that they put mostly on the crossroads. It's the stoplights, that kind of thing. So certainly not going to rust out your car like it does in Minnesota, but I certainly recommend you get that undercarriage wash a new car every, so once in awhile you can have the chemical form of they use in the roads after driving you in your car.

And there's a tendency to pock out some of your concrete so if you've got a really nice garage,Unlike me Make sure you use an epoxy coating to protect it. Protect himself. Come winter. Now let's talk about driving this. Now I grew up in Minnesota. I moved over to rapid city. I've always been in a snow climate. Of course I learned to drive in a 19 75 40 LTD.

So things are a bit different. Now, the most important thing to consider with driving in winter conditions aside from of course your tires, like I mentioned, is your speed. I don't care how great your tires are. If you're going 55 miles an hour, I expect to stop. Normally you're going to coast right on through that intersection and probably hit somebody along the way.

Keep your speed low. Be patient, make sure that there's plenty of time to get where you need to go. When you get to the intersection, sort of slowing down a long time before, and then start pumping your brakes. That'll help you slow down to the point where you can actually get stopped at the intersection.

When you get to the intersection and want to make a turn, make sure you're going slow enough and then make the turn without your foot on the brake. When you had your foot cramped on the brake, that's what causes you to skid. Of course, when it's really, really Icy, sometimes it doesn't matter what you do.

You just kind of slide all around. Go slow. Take your time, get to where you need to be.

All right. Now it's time to talk about clothing for winter. Now I know all, you know, there's like a, I would get this, but for you southerners, let's talk about winter. In South Dakota and especially winter in rapid city. So we have, as you've learned from me talking about before a vast array of climates, it can start off one day being 60 degrees.

And then by the end of that day, by the time you're going home for work, it's 20 degrees. So you to make sure that you have appropriate clothing with you or in your car or something, to make sure that you're prepared for said weird events. And since some days like today can be 70 degrees. You don't want to wear sweaters every day of your life either.

So layers is the key. Usually I have a t-shirt on underneath, and then I'll have a long sleeve. Of course on top of that. And then the good old fashioned hoodie sweatshirt, then that usually keeps me warm for up to, you know, if we're just the 60 degrees or 40 degrees now on the same token, you're probably going to want to have a bunch of different jackets because he never know.

The first one I have here is a, just a lightweight jacket. Keeps the, keeps the rain off, keeps the chill off. I really like these three in one tight coats. This one actually has. Inserts and I took the insert off and this is kind of. Not terribly cold, but not terribly warm. So we just 30, 40 degrees. We'll wear this out.

We're going walking lately in the mornings. Um, my wife actually has the insert, so she's wearing the insert and I'm wearing the outer coat and it works pretty good for those middle of the road cold days. And of course you want to make sure that you have a heavy coat, not necessarily a parka. You don't need to have.

Whole fuzzy around the head kind of thing. Also, you want to, I mean, had to see your choice, whatever, but I do like these heavy coats. This one actually is a three and one two, but I generally just keep this for my heavier Winter coat for when it gets really cold. I'm not a scarf person. So I liked the ones that have the zip up all the way up to here.

So I smuggled my nose. Right. So make sure you have a variety of coats for whatever the situation is. Okay. Now I also have for ah pants. I have a, these are basically just a warm up type pants that I wear over the top of my jeans. If it's just a little rainy, use a little chili, these work out really good for that.

And they would work out really good if I would remember to pack them. When we went to Ireland last two, two years ago. And of course there's going to be outside in the snow a lot. You probably want some kind of snow pants scenario where you are protected for, with your skiing or snowboarding, or just hanging out in the snow building snowmen with the kids or whatever.

So make sure you've got plenty of different options for your layers so that you can be prepared for no matter what. No, of course you also want to keep your hands and head warm. So same thing, lots of different options. I've got a thin. And then I've got one of these, uh, glove type ones with the fingertips come off, so you can actually do something, uh, but a glove type scenario.

Uh, and then I should have, which I can't find right now, but you know, these ski type gloves, this one, obviously isn't mine, but it's a good example. Yeah. Get one of these. Yeah. So that's what I would recommend. Your gloves. And of course in a standard stocking campus is great. Hopefully you get one that has a better team than the Vikings at the present moment.

Yeah. But we weren't talking about that. Typically, as far as forward concerned, I'm pretty good running around in my tennis shoes. Obviously you wanna make sure that you get your full other ones and not the running shoes where the water just soaks right. In, uh, like the ones I have right now that are soon to be returned.

Uh, other than that, Uh, these boots here, uh, these keep me pretty warm and they've also got this rubber, outer sole here to keep the water out. And then of course you want to make sure you have some kind of bigger, heavier, a wool type sock who was well, make sure your boots are a little bit bigger, so you can put a couple pair of socks on, on underneath.

And there are other things such as a toe warmers and glove warmers that you can just play when your boot, those things were amazing when it's, when you have to be outside for a long time. And it's really, really cold. Yeah. Try those that really. Now, I know there's plenty of other places that have some really, really good winter wear that if you're going to be outside in the winter, in the cold a long time, you ought to make sure that you get those.

So for example, if you be working outside in the, in the cold, you wanna make sure you get the Carhartt brand coveralls and jacket. Those things work really well. And if you're skiing, make sure you get the actual skiing and winter wear that, uh, you know, like Columbia. And Eddie Bauer and RER and some of these other peoples, they have really great winter clothing.

Cause they're saying always is it's not so much. The cold is a matter of just not wearing appropriate clothing. Cause when we went through really comes in and it really gets hits home and you're stuck at home. Or you feel like your second home all the time. It's important to get out and enjoy the winter.

Put on your coat, put on your, your hats, get your boots on. Go take some winter walks, go skiing, do something out in the outside, even just going for a walk. So you don't get that crazy cabin feel right. So be prepared, make sure you get the right clothing for what fits for you and your style.

The other question I get asked a lot is, well, what about when your power goes out? What happens then? So I've lived in rapid city since 1990, and there was never a time when the power went out for a long enough period of time that maybe you actually think about survival and food and warmth until Atlas Atlas was a snowstorm that came by October 3rd.

2013. And we were without power for about a day and a half. I think it might've been, might've been two days, which really wasn't bad compared to some other properties out miles out from town where the power lines were above ground. All of those power lines broke. And so they were out without power for a week.

So after that point, we got to thinking, well, what should we do? Because what we ended up doing was bringing the propane grill. Inside and using that for a little bit of heat, uh, that, that kind of thing. So we live in all electric house. We do not have a fireplace. And so it was a matter of, okay, what can we do if we need to, if we have to provide some warmth, if we're out without power for awhile, what do we, what do we get?

So here's kind of what we put together. And this is just a few items to, for you to get to thinking about what you might want to provide to make sure that you have in your house as well. So we did get these propane bottles. Propane heaters now. Yes, I know the label says, make sure you use these inside and have air flow.

I understand that, but at the time, we're just, we're looking about a little bit of warmth. You know, we can crack open a window, but these things should provide some warmth for all in one room if we need it. And we've got three or four of these laying around, and of course, then we also got a Coleman camping stove so that we can actually cook if we needed to.

And of course, if you have these things, then you need to make sure you have plenty of power of bottles, fulfilling few bottles on hand to power, said things to include. Matches. And these little things are some Firestarter pucks. I'm not sure if we'd ever actually use these in our scenario, but they came with the package.

I think that we bought. And of course you would want to make sure that you have candles, flashlights and different kinds of flashlight. This is a head flashlight. And of course the batteries to power said, flashlights. And you also make sure that you have a way to power your phones. So get some of these emergency power things for your phones as well.

Obviously, first aid kit, obviously it should have some of that. And then we got to thinking about, okay, food. So we've been stocking up on some food, go to Sam's club, get your case of decibels, get some cases of, of meat and that kind of thing. Make sure you have. Some kind of food in the house, so that if you did there for a couple of days, you've got something to eat.

And of course, with that eating, make sure you have something to drink. So we've got a couple of gallons of water downstairs. We also have four or five gallon water containers, uh, that we have also that will store some water if we need to. And then finally, if you want and go and buy eight emergency supplies.

So that you can feed your people. If you could use a kind of like your meals, ready to eat scenario, you do have to use water, sure again, you need more water to use these as well. Now, this isn't going to, this is a 30 day kit for one person. We figured a couple of days for us, four to six people. We should be able to get by.

That's really, all we were looking to do is what's going to take, to get by a couple of days if we need to now. I mean, if there's a, you know, nationwide EMP blasts, it knocks out systems, this isn't, you know, we're all going to be dead anyway. So this isn't real. Concerning that it's just a matter of how can we get by in a couple of days, if we need to, if the power does go out in Atlas, like it did a couple of years ago.

The other question I get last along this note is how come there aren't that many fireplaces ups up there. I think I've seen more fireplaces in Texas homes than I have up here. It's really quite bizarre, but I think a lot of it had to do with the style of building and the affordability of the building, that kind of thing.

And so of course, back in the day when we started talking about energy efficiency and the way the fireplaces. Originally weren't very, very efficient. And so they got replaced with gas fireplaces, which are great, but again, they're fired by electricity as well. Now, if you wanted to add a fireplace to your property, there are some different wood-burning stove options that should work for you.

Even ones that have, and that pipe out beside, uh, outside the side of the house of the side of a wall, instead of going all the way through the roof, there are a couple of fireplace installation centers in town that can help you do the whole. And help you get set up. If you need that fireplace security for you and your family.

I certainly love the ambiance of a fireplace. I love the. But I really don't want to go around and find and cut blood all the time

to answer your questions for you about preparing for winter. Keep watching my channel for more videos of a rapid city. And now there's not gonna be many days like this. So I'm out of here. Love where you live.

April 25, 2022

Fishing Near Rapid City and the Black Hills

Something's a bit fishy in rapid city, South Dakota. That's right. We're going to talk about fishing in rapid city.

Hi everybody. This is Tristan Emond with mindful living realty, a realtor right here in rapid city, South Dakota. Welcome back to my YouTube channel. I talk everything but moving to rapid city and the wonderful things about rapid city and the black hills. Today's video comes at a personal request by one of you ask a specificly:

what about fishing near rapid city? I'm going to show you some places to go fishing in rapid city, South Dakota. Canyon lake is rapid city's premier lake

fish off the fishing bridges along the paths or off the fishing bridge.

we're using the boat dock for your canoe or kayak and go fishing in the lake, then go and check out Canyon lake park with its built-in ponds and streams.

and then throw your line in at the waterfalls after the spillway

on the west side of Canyon lake is the Rushmore lion's park that has a walking path going right next to rapid Creek.

Well on this path, you can find many unique and cool places.

one of my favorite spots is a wooden bench at the end of the path, where you can sit and watch the Creek.

Rapid Creek runs all the way through downtown, rapid city from the west side, all the way to the east.

find your favorite fishing spot somewhere along the Creek.

That goes from west

to east

Alright so, confession time I don't fish, even though I grew up in the land of 10,000 lakes, you would think that fishing would be part of my past, but all I remember from fishing is standing up the shore, throwing out a rod, bringing it back in and never getting anything. We would rather be on the boat, skiing and tubing, having fun.

Than fishing near downtown rapid city is Memorial park with a fishing pond located just in front of the monument civic center.

this dock pond is a perfect place to throw in your line and see what happens.

and if nothing is biting there just walked down to rapid Creek. Outside of rapid city are many black Hills lakes. There's Iron Creek lake way up by spearfish,

Angostura reservoir down in my hot Springs Pactola and Sheridan in the middle of the Hills and bear view lake, just north of Sturgis. And there are so many other lakes in the black Hills already be sure to catch some fish. And what do you think about ice? Fishing? Fishing is very popular at Pactola and Sheridan lake would, you can catch some fish.

If you're going to be out fishing, you need the place to make sure you get your fishing supplies. Scheels. It's a good place to start.

Of course there's other places you might have heard of. It's called Cabela's

other popular fishing supplie stores are the rooster in the gap.

Dakota angler and outfitter for your fly fishing supplies,

and stores such as fleet farm, runnings. And of course, Walmarts can also check out used gear at played against sports. To learn more about the fishing rules and licenses in of South Dakota, go to the South Dakota game fish and parks website. If you click on the fish link, you can take them to the page where you can purchase your license.

Check out weekly fish, dockings, and even check out the, the various fish species in the black Hills. By clicking on the game species link for South Dakota residents, your annual fishing license is $28. You could also buy a one day fishing license for $8. No, license required for those under 18. And it's only $12 for annual license over age 65, ah, fishing in rapid city.

It's kind of a big deal. I hope this helped give you some great information, showcase some great areas. And there's probably a lot of places that I didn't know about. Thanks for watching. Have a wonderful day to remember love where you live. .


April 18, 2022

The 8 Secrets to Winning an Offer



Are you searching for a home and couldn't quite get that perfect place for yourself with this busy real estate market. Well, today, today's your lucky day. I'm here to talk to you about the secrets of winning an offer on the house for you today in this market. This is a special offer for today for you and your family.

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That's the way it's kind of way its been seeming right. I'm here to tell you there is no secret, but today we are going to talk about the eight steps to a winning offer.

Hey Everybody its Tristan Emond with mindful living realty, a realtor right here in rapid city, South Dakota, Welcome back to my our YouTube channel where I talk everything about moving to rapid city. And the wonderful things, rapid city and the black Hills. So I'm sure you've seen many of the national articles, real estate bubble is going to collapse.

That's going to have another real estate market collapse, like 2008 and maybe that's true. And in my last real estate market video, I talked about things slowing down a little bit here locally, but I also said, I wonder if it's going to pick back up and guess what? In the past few months I put together a number of offers where all of a sudden.

People were out buying again and quickly. I lost one offer to a cash buyer for $25,000 over asking price. Multiple offers my buyers one, one last week for $15,000 over asking price with six offers on the table. I went to show a property on the Southwest side of town around $458,000. And there was showing after showing, after showing, after showing scheduled,that evening for that property.

So all things might not be selling as quickly as they were earlier in 2021. There's still a lot of buyers out there. Inventory is getting a little bit better, but it's still. And buyers are out there purchasing property. So you gotta be prepared for that multiple offer situation and what you need to know about getting ready for that, doing your homework, and then making that, the offer that best suits your needs, the needs of the seller, and hopefully gets you accepted.

All right. So here we go. Step one is of course the homework phase. Doesn't do any good to go out. Look at properties. If you don't have your approval in place or a bank letter from. Financial institution, Saying Yes. I got cash. We need to have something ready to go. When you're ready to make that offer so that you can just present it and say, Hey, here we are.

We don't need to be waiting a day or two for a preapproval. That's just going to ruin the whole thing. Make sure you got your homework in place. That preapproval needs to be in place. The cashflow needs to be in place. We need to have proof that you can buy the property, however you plan on buying said property.

So here's what I can talk about. Local lending. So rapid city, we're not big, we're small, we're local we're person to person. So your offer is going to be stronger with a local lender attached to it than a national rocket mortgage or lending tree, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. Now I've worked with some companies that have worked out okay.

But when I have a local lender involved, I know as a listing agent. I know where I can go find this person. Right. We know what we can get ahold of these people. If the national lending company decides to not do their job, we don't have phone calls and emails and they don't respond to them. We're we're just, we're stuck.

We can't do anything about that, but a local person because of our small local community also wants to do good by us because we send them referrals back and forth. The national company. We're probably a dime a dozen. I strongly encourage you to consider using a local lender for your approval for your mortgage, because when it comes to six offers on the table, although your mind's yours might be the highest offer.

If it's a rocket mortgage type corporation. That might sink a few places down. If this offer over here is just, just a few thousand less, but we know it's going to get done because there's a local lender. So in this first homework step, not only do you have your pre-approval, you also have know what you want and know what you don't want at a property that we're not wasting time and things you don't want to look at, but in some cases that know what you want to don't want, might just simply be a house in my price point, right.

That might simply be the criteria. Enough just to get into something that you can live in and make your own. From that point thereafter, the third part of this is having realistic expectations. Consider the fact that prices had gone up considerably in the past year, even in the past six months, I'm seeing properties where I'm like, that's that much really?

So make sure that you understand that, that great kitchen that you think you're going to buy for $300,000 might not be reality in this market. So check those real expectations at the door. So when you move forward with that price point, watever price point. You can say, okay, I understand not going to quite get what I want, but at least wise I'm getting into something I'm getting to that property in the rapid city area in a tight market.

You have to make fast decisions. You have to move forward quickly. And I know it's tough when I'm saying, okay, wait, when do you go to find out right now? What do you want to do? You're doing right now. So here's where you need to trust your gut. This is where you need to make a decision based less upon what's up here and more upon what's down here.

Ask yourself the question. Well, how does this property make me feel when I'm walking in the door and my smiling, am I? Yep. I can make this work or at least wise have the potentiality of saying, yep. This is, this is property. I think we could make this happen. I'm happy with this. And we're making an offer on this property.

Ask yourself this question. If you were to sell for $5,000 more, would you have. Yeah, I had paid $5,000 more. Or would you have said no five? That was it. $5,000. That's it? That is the question to ask yourself before making that offer, if the extra $5,000 it was worth it or not, what does it feel like? How would it feel when I come back to you and say, Hey, sorry, you lost by five grand.

What's that going to be? What are you going to think? What do you think about that? So when we're looking at properties, not only do we need to make sure that the boxes are checked, square footage needed, bedrooms, bathrooms, price, point, all those kinds of things. We also make sure we trust the gut and say, Hey, how does this make me feel?

How do I feel about buying this property? How I feel if I lost this property, or those are good questions to ask yourself, to find out. Yes or no, I'm moving forward on the property that we're looking at and we're in front of us. All right. We've got a pre-approval in place. We've trusted our gut. And we're going to say, yep, this is the property we want.

Now let's tend to write the offer here in South Dakota. That's a three page form that we filled out. We talk about earnest funding. You talked about purchase price. You talk about home inspections, all of these different things that we want to put together. And obviously we're going to try and make this.

As clean as possible. Now, obviously the most important thing here is to put your money where your mouth is in this environment, asking price is basically a low ball offer. So we've got to present your offer in such a way that'll be stronger than the others without being crazy, stupid in the process as well.

For instance Earnest Money, A couple years ago on a $300,000 property, I may have considered $500 being okay for earnest money. Now, maybe you should make that a thousand, $2,000. Give it a little more umph to make sure that your offer stands out a little more. Now, what about home inspection contingency personally, I haven't done a lot of offers without that home inspection contingency.

I know what other places have talked about, just getting rid of that and moving forward, buying the property. Of course, that's a conversation we can have, but generally. The home inspections are pretty, still normal around here and are included in the said offers. Now sometimes timeframes are a little shorter or whatever, and maybe the seller like, well, it's a seller's market and I'm not going to do a whole lot, but you can have your contingency, that kind of thing.

Now, if you have a home to sell, obviously that creates a challenge on multiple offers scenarios, but sometimes you just got to put it in. Submit it and see what happens. It's really important that your home is already under contract. Before we start putting offers in for properties, because least wise, then we know it.

Hopefully it will close versus maybe it will close someday. So having the home sale contingency in place is better. If your home is under contract where you're at in whatever state you're in. So reallym there's no secret here on the general offer itself. Keep it. Don't add any stupid, goofy stuff in there.

If a few of his contingencies as possible and put your money out there, you would have to pay the piper for what you want. All right. Now I wanna talk about the escalation clause, which is a piece of the offer, which I usually like to include when there's a potentiality of multiple offers or when there definitely is multiple offers.

So most of the time, right with this escalation clause is, is it says that you're willing to pay an X amount of money above the highest net offer that the seller has received not to exceed whatever that number is. So if the vs price is $400,000 and you want to offer $400,000 as asking price plus $500 more than the highest net offer not to exceed $425,000.

So if an offer comes in at 410, you're paying for ten five hundred. If we're offering comes in at 420, you're paying for 420,500. So now if it comes in at 425 your done. And as we've mentioned before, if that becomes in at 425, you're like, yep. That's okay. It's as much, I'm going to feel like paying. I'm okay with that.

Then that's good. If it comes in at 430 and you said gah maybe we shoulda offered the 430 is your max right? Now. Not everybody loves these. Sometimes it causes confusion back and forth, but it's a great way though, of being able to find out the spot between the asking price and your top dollar without actually just throwing money at it.

You know, if you just throw an offer, went home was at 400 and you just throw a 425 at it. Well, what if you could have got it for 410 as the highest offer? 405. Right? And of course we can tweak this escalation clause to, to give it more power where we can say, you know, Hey, we'll pay $5,000 a above.

The highest offer up to X or $1,000 above this up to X, all those kinds of things. We can work that based upon your comfort level and how we can make, make it best work for everybody involved. But I always recommend an escalation clause, even if we had the chance of having a multiple offer, just to make sure that.

You could protect it in this whole, present an offer scenario. Now of course, consider the fact that in most mulitple offer situation, the seller pretty much can do whatever they want. So they might just completely ignore that escalation clause and say, Hey, I'll give you a counter and here's your counter for 423.

And it's up to you to say yes or no, or where do we want to do? All right. So that's what I'm talking about. When I'm talking about an escalation clause, it helps you to get a property for the highest amount that you're willing to spend without just throwing it out there and leaving money on the table. All right.

Another addition to writing the offer is the appraisal gap. The appraisal gap is the difference between the actual. And because we're paying over listing price, usually the actual purchase price. So a lot of times there's a 10, 15, 20, whatever that gap is that we're not going to know until the appraiser gets out there and takes a look at the property.

So we want to make sure that we let the seller know, Hey, we understand that we're offering more than appraisal value. And if that appraisal comes in lower, we're willing to pay cash. Between the difference here and here that gives us a clear indication that yes, you understand that if the, if the home does not appraise for the total purchase price, the whole thing is over with.

So if you got five, six offers in a row, the one that does not mention any kind of appraisal gap coverage, maybe the one that one is set aside, because if the appraisal doesn't come in to that full purchase price, you guys might be having an argument about purchase price. And that's not something you want to do at the end of the transaction.

Let's say we're working on buying a property at $400,000. We've escalated that up to 420 and we get accepted at 420. The appraisal comes in at 400. No problem. We'll pay cash above. Everything's fine. But what happens if that appraisal comes in at 350, suddenly the 20,000. Appraisal gap is now 70,000.

Well, that's a bit different than just 20. So we like to define that bottom end, even if it's a little bit lower than asking price to give the Sellers a little breathing room, least wise, we say, Hey, that appraisal contingency is it effect here's the bottom end, but we understand that we're paying from appraisal value to purchase price.

That then gives the seller clear indication about what they can expect. And there's no arguments later on and they understand, okay, these guys got a feel for how things are going. They got cash support. If we need to, this is a clear and concise. We understand this. So that is appraisal gap. Making sure that you're protected on the bottom end as well.

And making sure that you guys aren't paying too much on that appraisal gap, if that appraisal should settle to come in way lower than expected and suddenly everybody's in a tizzy. All right. I think we're on point number six of our eight tips to winning your offer. And that's suppose the question is cash still king.

Does this still roll sometimes? But sometimes it doesn't don't expect that because your offer is all cash, no contingencies, blah, blah, blah. Then it's going to rule the day in every situation, sellers? They like money too. I've seen situations where I said, we'll take another offer. That's higher than a cash offer to get that extra money.

Even as low as $5,000, even though there are other offers, a quick close, no home inspections, et cetera, et cetera. So if you have. And you want to buy the property with cash. You still have to play the game. So you have to play the market. You wasted. So consider an escalation clause, understand you probably won't have the appraisal part of it, but you might want to consider adding that escalation clause maybe to get above that other cash offer or to make sure that your offer is the highest up to a certain point, whatever you're willing to spend, but don't automatically assume because you have cash.

You're the one that's going to get that offer. All right. So let's talk a little bit about buyer love letters. I know you've heard this about the practice of sending a letter with the offer, talking about how you love the property, make it all emotional and everything. And that's how I would tell you to do it, to make it real, make it about how you feel about the property, et cetera.

Tell people, tell the seller how much you love their property. Some people have done videos. They've done music videos it's gone. It's just gone crazy in the country lately. Now they're having some arguments about whether or not that is legal and ethical, etc. On the realtor side of things as realtors, we, of course can't discriminate because of sex nationality, et cetera, et cetera.

But as realtors, we have a code of ethics, which also has rules about discrimination. Gender familial status and marital status amongst some others. So if I'm looking at five offers on the table and one's a single guy, and one is a family, uh, with a, with 10 kids and one is a single mother. Now I really can't discriminate against any one of these and maybe you as a family person, like the big family.

So you want to give it to the family person. And maybe we've got buyer letters from all three of these people talking about who they are and how they want to buy your property. Now, if the seller decides to choose one offer over the other in this scenario, and the single guy decides that he feels discriminated against because they, well, he's a single guy.

And you are discriminated against him. All of a sudden we've got a little lawsuit kind of thing going on. Hence the question continues. Should you, or should you not present a buyer's letter? There are some states that have made it illegal and ban 'em. Buyer letters. So should you present a buyer letter? I'm not going to say no that you shouldn't, because sometimes it may be the thing that takes you over the edge.

I did have one buyer where the seller specifically, he was selling his family home, that he raised his kids and who he was selling it to. And so I had my buyer write them a letter to talk about. They had some kids and they were going to have more kids and how it was going to be a family home moving forward.

And I do think that that helped buy that property. I truly believe that your offer is just down in the black and white or the paper that we present. And a lot of times, as a listing agent, I'm going to say, Hey, look, here's your buyers. Here's your buyer. Let us not cool. Comp it up and throw, okay, here's our offers, right?

That's what I would do as the listing agent. But it was a buyer's agent. I've done it before. It'll probably be done again. And it's probably something I may recommend. If it warrents it based upon the situation, what's it going to take to make your offer more appealing to the seller in every phase of the transaction?

Number eight does simple. One more money still wins nine out of 10 times. That's just the way it is. All right, everybody, the secrets out without paying $, Is that what I said whatever. Thanks for watching these eight steps to winning offer here in rapid city, South Dakota. If you like what you've been seeing, please don't hesitate.

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April 11, 2022

Country Up at the Central States Fair!


Welcome to the central states fair.

This is Tristan Emond with mindful living realty, a realtor right here in the rapid city, South Dakota. Welcome back to my YouTube channel where I talk, everything while moving to rapid city the wonderful things and things to do rapid city and the black kills. And yes, let's talk about the elephant in the room. I did cut myself shaving and it's still there.

I should probably do an advertisement for that sharp razor I wasn't paying attention to. Kids, be careful with your razors. The Central States Fair is a regional fair that showcases the true country of our area that highlights the agriculture of our region with animals, shows country pop stars, and four nights of PRCA rodeo.

The Central States fairgrounds are located on the Southeast part of rapid city with lacrosse streets of the west center street to the north Campbell street to the east and San Francisco street to the south. Parking for the fair is on various fields and lots around fair grounds. So make sure you get there early. If you have a scheduled event,

the slushie station, slushie station.

so close.

Go here too early for bingo. Wasn't Thinking.

Misty. August is a busy month for us here in the black. The first full weekend in August starts the sturgis motorcylce rally, which runs the entire next week. Then after a few days of rest, the chaps go off, the Cowboy hats come on and the central states fair comes to town. There's tractors, South Dakota royalty.

mutton bustin' and a whole lot of animals

You got a cup, must be some food in there. Kangaroos are asleep. They've done their boxing. I've done my job for today. Thank you very much.

Rabbit's here. Check out security. It's going to break everybody out.

Along with that, are arts and crafts, I can do that.

displays diorama's.

And SDSU pie and ice cream. And of course what's a fair without a carnival.

Fair Food

And Rides

I can do next is dying to be fair

Get your grand stand pass to attend events such as motor cross racing, demolition Derby, country artists, such as Josh Turner, Kip Moore, and big and rich the extreme Brock finals and range days. PRCA.

Thanks better. It's coming along with me. Talk to you next time, and remember love where you live.

April 4, 2022

The Top 5 Leash-Free Parks to Take Your Dog in Rapid City


In this episode of Tristan about town, it's going to the dogs. Car rides. You like car rides? Yeah. Car Rides. A walk? Ooh, That worked.

Hey, everybody It's Tristan Emond with mindful living realty, a realtor right here in rapid city, South Dakota. Welcome back to my YouTube channel, talking everything about moving to rapid city and the wonderful things about rapid city and the black Hills today. I'm with my sister Chantelle. And her two dogs; Izzy.

And we're Sasha? Sasha? Today we're checking out a few leash free dog parks and a few of the dog services in around rapid city. The first part we're going to explore as Robinsdale. Robinsdale Is in the Southeast part of Rapid City. It's right next to Robbinsdale park. So you'll find plenty of parking.

This park has plenty of space with a one-mile path going all the way around it.

However, because it is open, you'll find it's windier than you would imagine

there's little shade.

No water

and no fence between the park in Fairmont Boulevard.

The second park we'll explore is Vickie powers park, which is on the north side of rapid city, north of the mall. It's also close to a playground. So you want to make sure you keep your dogs. Until you get to the least free park beyond playground. There's plenty of room for your dogs to run and jump with parking, bathrooms, and no busy road nearby.

But similar Robinsdale park, there's no water, little shade and can be considerably windy.

Now, perhaps you're thinking of yourself interested. What do you have to have your sister's dogs? Why don't you have a dog? Well, I got four kids and I decided a long time ago. We don't need anything more to take care of. The next stop is wilderness park in the Northwest corner of rapid city. Here's there's two parking lots, bathrooms for your convenience,

a little stream running through the property.

but it's also a narrower space with no fence along city Springs road.

And the playground along one side

the most popular part is Braeburn park, just on the other side of canyon lake park in, Southwest rapid city.

Braeburn park is chock full of trees.

The dogs can run and play in rapid Creek.

You also see old foundations and stairs from when the park was the housing development before the 1972 flood

Because this park is the most popular park, you'll definitely have more dogs and more people to deal with

when it's busy, the parking is limited

and there's only a port-a-potty for a bathroom

it's not too far from the bike path. If you want to incorporate that into your adventure.

FInally, we go to an indoor dog park. What could we be better than beer and dogs. Welcome to bar K-9 in the Rushmore mall. When you've let your dogs run and play while you enjoy a cold beer and snack.

The ramps, tunnels and hoops, make it a fun place for dogs and owners alike. But what about other services for your dog? Starting again in the Southeast part of rapid city, you've got the black Hills animal hospital, Paw tenders, pet care center and safe Haven pet resort, daycare boarding, and grooming services on the Northeast side of town.

There's 4 paws grooming and doggy day. And Petco in Rushmore crossing near Rushmore mall on the north central part of town. There's PetSmart and TLC pet hospital close to downtown is pet pantry and wags to whiskers, pet grooming along with little struts, pet salon and shampooch pet, grooming and bakery in the bakery park area is yuppie puppy mountain view animal hospital.

And all creatures veterinary hospital. As you go on the Northwest side of town, down county lake drive minors, animal clinic with boarding and daycare, barks and bubble, and Canyon Lake Veterinary hospital for those in the Southwest area, autumn Hills veterinary clinic is right next to D-Tails Pet Sallon.

Now, of course all these goods and services, I can't actually recommend since I don't have pets. However, I wanted you to showcase to you all the different services around rapid city, all over the place. You'll find plenty of dog friendly in rapid city. Hope you enjoyed our dog video today. Don't forget to watch this video or this playlist.

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March 7, 2022

The Wildlife, Animals, and BUGS of the Black Hills - Are There Bears? ????




It's time to answer the question. Are there  Wookilars in the black Hills?  "There's no such thing as a Wookilar.  You know they said someone down at Auburn cars came face to face with one Ugliest thing he ever saw.  Said they had a face of a pig, big snoot and tusks coming up like that."

I love that Movie.

Hey everybody it's Tristan Emond with mindful living realty a realtor right here in rapid city, South Dakota. Welcome back to my YouTube channel. We'll talk everything about moving to rapid city and the black Hills. So today we're gonna answer some of your questions about the animals, the wildlife, what you can expect in the black Hills.

So let's answer the question. Are there bears in the black Hills? But before we talk about some of the potentially dangerous animals in the black Hills, let's talk about some of the wildlife you may or may not see during your visit to the black Hills. The first one is very common and that is deer.

You'll see Muley, you'll see white tails you'll see little Bambi's you'll see bucks with great antlers. Just be careful driving across the black Hills road. Oh. Especially in that evening hour. Cause they like to cross the road. So make sure you keep an eye out for those deer. During those times, some of the black Hills residents consider these.

And nuisance. So if you happened to buy a property in the black Hills or in the foothills of rapid city, you'll need to make sure, especially if you're a gardener that you put lots of high fences up around your gardens, because if you don't those, do you like to come in and they help themselves? A lot of the deer in rapid city are so used to people.

When you drive by six feet away from them, they'll just look up at you. Wink, kinda, go back to eating. The other end we see quite a bit in the black Hills is wild turkeys. You'll see them going together in their groups. So I'm get pretty big and you'll get a chance to see them and hear them as they're watering through the black Hills, some black hills residents even feed the turkeys and the deer, and they show up to their yard every day.

If you're lucky driving out along highway 44 into the black Hills, you may see some big horn sheep along the road. If you're even lying. Right on Mount Rushmore is a lot of the where these guys are hanging out is the mountain goats. You'll see the white goats hanging out on the cliffs, just hanging out there.

Stand on this little tiny ledge, right near the rocks of Mount Rushmore. If you're in the Southern Hills, you might see the herd of elk that are known to cross through the Southern Hills at times. Again, that's if you're lucky, one of the more popular animals you'll see in custer state park's wildlife loop is the buroughs.

These cute little for animals. They'll come to your window that put your head in your window, looking for things to eat. Great moments for pictures and just enjoying the boroughs, playing in Custer state park. The other animals you'll see in Custer state park and wind cave, national park are the Prairie dogs.

It's amazing to watch them communicate and run in their holes and pop up here, there, and everywhere stand up at attention, Prairie dogs. In the black Hills, you also see a lot of prarie dogs at devil's tower, which is about two and a half hours away from us in Wyoming. And as you're traveling around the black Hills, especially in the prairies surrounding the black Hills, you'll see a lot of pronghorn antelope running and hopping and skipping.

Finally, you'll see a lot of smaller, rodent type animals around the black Hills. And in rapid city, we've seen beavers at Canyon lake park, little marmots and Sylvan lake. Rabbits in our backyard. And of course, chipmunks and squirrels all over the place. Now what about dangerous animals in the black Hills?

I know a lot of you, you asked the question. Okay. If I go for a hike, if I go for a camping trip, do I need to have bear spray? Do you want me to pack up all my food in the container? What do I need to do in that scenario? What am I concerned about as far as hiking and being out into the black Hills? No, if you are camping in the black Hills, we don't usually put away all of our stuff, but make sure of course that you put.

Food in the car or at least wise habit it's tightly covered because if you don't, you will probably attract the raccoons, the possums, the squirrels it's kind of creatures. That'll come a night and take advantage of the food that you had for everybody else, because Hey, they're hungry. So let's talk about one of the most dangerous animals in the black Hills that is believe it or not

the Buffalo. Now I know when you're driving down wildlife loop, you see them, they're just hanging out in the field. They're crossing the road. They're pretty much seeming to ignore you, but they move fast and they are big. Last year, we had lady get off the back of the bike to approach the Buffalo, to try to get that closer picture that buffalo charged her.

Ended up catching her in her pants, swung her around for awhile and dropped her unconscious as he took off. So make sure you stay in your vehicles. You'll see signs all over the place. And a us local people really give tourists a bad time when they get away from the vehicle and, uh, looked to approach the Buffalo.

The Buffalo were amazing to watch the great to take pictures of, but just don't approach them because there are still wild and they're in their atmosphere you also see a few Buffalo herds that are being raised by ranchers in the, in the black Hills area, the second animal to be watching out for. And this is probably the most poisonous in our area is the rattlesnake.

This will be the, the only snake that actually is poisonous. If we have garter snakes, we've had bullsnakes those aren't poisonous by any means. They'll definitely scare you when you see them along the way, but rattlesnakes are the ones to be watching out for. And they're mostly going to hang out in really warm dry.

Places along the trail or up on top of rocks in all my exploring of the black Hills, I've actually never come across one, but I have seen posts where people have said, Hey, watch out for rattlesnakes. They'd been in the grass they'd been over here. So be aware of the rattlesnakes because those are the ones.

That are really poisonous in the black Hills to be concerned about the third animal we should discuss is mountain lions. Yes, there are mountain lions in the Hills. You probably aren't going to see them. In fact, probably aren't even going to make themselves known to you unless they're really, really hungry.

Generally speaking, they're hanging out by themselves, away from the crowds and away from the people. So your more popular tourist attractions, you probably won't have, have a chance to see them, but if you're hiking by yourself, in the wilderness, all by yourself, just keep an eye out for him. So now we answer the question.

Are there bears in the black kids? And a couple of years ago, I would've said, Nope, no bears in the black Hills. Unless of course you go through bear country, which we'll talk about that later. But lately there have been sightings of some black bears running around the black Hills. Definitely more than a few, according to the experts, but they're not in a stage right now where they're causing any danger right now.

They're on the, just finding food, the playful type stage right now. So they're nothing to really worry about. But if, yeah, if you happen to see a bear in the middle of the woods somewhere, yeah. Don't approach it. Don't go play with it cub. Be smart people. And finally off the distance, you may hear some coyotes again, I've never seen one.

I've never been approached by one. So they are there, but chances are, they're not going to be bothering you because they're off keeping away from you. Yes. My lawyer wife just told me, you know what? You probably should say something in regarding all the information you just put out there about the dangerous animals and what they do and don't do and what their attack you don't, you know, you should do your own research, but this is about from my experience.

Disclaimer, noted. Right right now, let's talk about their birdies of the black Hills. I love the songbirds. You've seen a lot of them in the, in the black Hills area, especially Robbins. We've had some Redwing blackbirds lately. Bluebirds. I've also seen that the little yellow finches Crow, doves, sparrows, all sorts of different kinds of birds.

Flying through the air. If you're around water, you'll definitely see a good collection of ducks and geese. It's fun to watch the little ducklings of the little geese during the spring, follow their mother around. You'll see a lot of these birds at canyon lake. And even when we were boating on Pactola lake, they liked to hang around the boats.

Cause I know, well, you know, these kids and these families they'll probably throw some food out. So you definitely see a lot of water foul in the lakes. You also see plenty of Raptor type birds flying around Falcons Hawks. And if you're lucky, you'll see bald Eagles. We've seen bald Eagles around Nemo road, on Pactola lake.

If you're in the right spot, you can get a chance to see him at the right moment. We've also seen a crane or two hanging out and Canyon lake Pactola Lake and other waterways in the black Hills. And of course, South Dakota is an agricultural state so you're going to see a lot of livestock in and around the black Hills area, cows horses, sheep, goats, even see some alpacas every once in a while.

Of course, then also you have your love of cats and dogs in our area. You'll see plenty of domesticated animals and farm animals in your touring around black Hills and the areas around this seemed like the perfect thing to talk about the bugs. I mean, not really animals, but know. Let's just talk about the books in the rapid city and black Hills area.

First one I know is on your mind is, Hey, what about them? Damn mosquitoes. So fortunately our mosquitoes aren't as bad as other places. So as I mentioned before, I grew up in Southwest corner of Minnesota. It's very humid over there. The mosquitoes were crazy and my parents were from Malta, Montana, and the mosquitoes up there were legendary.

Now here in rapid city in the black house. We have less humidity. So our mosquito population isn't as bad. The past few evenings, I've been able to sit out on my deck without any bug spray, without any candles blowing. And haven't had too many problems with any mosquitoes. Now they are there, they're around and some years are worse than other, for example, 2019, we had all the water, we had standing water everywhere.

So of course the mosquito population then was a lot worse than it is in this year when it's considerably dryer here. And of course, if you go walking by rapid Creek, you'll definitely find more mosquitoes there than you will possibly in your backyard. So they're different out there, but they're just not as bad as other places talking to you, Eastern South Dakota.

The other thing that we've noticed, especially more this year is wasps. You know, they'll come up and they'll put the nest in the softener. Of your house and there'll be flying around. We haven't had any wants bites. It hasn't been too bad, just really more of an annoyance of all the wasps flying around the property.

What about spiders? And there's not a good reason to live in the cold north. We don't have a lot of big nasty, poisonous spiders. Our worst spider that I'm aware of is called is the black widow. But as long as you're not crawling underneath homes and in crawl spaces all the time, you're probably not going to see a whole lot of spiders running around or be meeting up with them.

A lot of people have the homes, bug bomb for spiders. And when you're walking through the Hills and through some trails, sometimes you'll have to go through some spiders webs. But nothing to the extent of being concerned about huge spiders crawling up your skin and biting you to death. And then of course we have our general bugs that are just kind of annoying Millers crickets, grasshoppers, bookseller, elder bugs in each year seems to be a little different when you had a really bad box Elder bug plague, shall we call it.

In September where it seemed like the buildings were kind of half covered with box elder bugs. This year, we seem to have a lot of Millers wandering around every year is usually a little bit different about what bugs we have kind of flying around or being around. But in general, it's the annoyance thing of course, unless you're a farmer in the black Hills and you know, those grasshoppers are eating up your crops.

And what about fish? Fishing is very popular in the black Hills, on the lake streams and rivers here in the back Hills. You find a lot of trout walleye perch Northern and some crappies if fish and  fishing is your thing. There are a number fish and fry campgrounds plus go up to Spearfish to the DC booth historic fish hatchery.

There you can not only feed the fish from above, but also see them below in their underwater tank. You can also check out the fish hatchery museum fish, hatchery boat, number 39, the real car and the beautiful grounds and the free attraction and the DC booth fish hatchery, and Spearfish. The other place to check out is outdoor campus west in rapid city.

This is an educational facility operated by the South Dakota game fish and parks department. It has numerous displays of Western South Dakota habitats and why life and a 4,600 gallon aquarium where you can go underneath and watch the fish through the glass. Where are the best places to go. If you're wanting to see animals and wildlife in the black Hills?

Well, of course you can start. Bear country. This is a drive-through wildlife park. That includes not only bears, but also a lot of different animals and wildlife. It's the major made feature is the end where you see the babies. We, you see the baby bears playing the baby otters a lot of fun at the end, walk around and see all the baby animals playing in their habitats.

If birds and reptiles are your thing. Definitely check out reptile gardens, even at birds and reptiles. Aren't your thing. Check it out. It's got an amazing display of crocodiles. Reptiles, beautiful birds. There's even the giant old Torrise you can pet and take pictures next to if you're looking for the petting zoo experience old McDonald's farm on highway 16, it takes care of that for you here, you can see and pet the majority of your farm animals with the main feature of being in the goats, running cross the bridge from one spot to.

And finally the wildlife loop, Custer state park, which I mentioned before. It's always better to go in the morning or in that little bit late in the afternoon when the animals are a little more prone to be up and about and walking out there, you'll see the buffaloes in the road. You'll see the buroughs

you'll see deer. You'll see antelope. You'll see, might even see some elk down there. It was one of the best wildlife drives here in the black Hills. Now I know I've just touched the surface of the moon. That are hanging around in the black Hills that are fun to watch, wants to be wary of, wants to take pictures of ones to listen to.

I did find this brochure in online, South Dakota wildlife put out by the South Dakota department of game fish and parks. I'll put that link below so you can check this out. It's a cooler brochure talking about the different animals around South Dakota was even a little tiny picture. So you can kind of identify.

I love the wildlife and animals in the black Hills. I love to see when Ryan walking and walking and camping, and I'm sure that you will too. Thanks for what you're watching. Everybody have an amazing day. And remember love where you live.