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Weather made for a malamute

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Malamute in Snow

Quite a spring it's turning out to be in the Black Hills. A week after a major blizzard we are having, well, another blizzard.

Snow is falling hard, the wind is blowing, schools are closed, Rapid City Regional Airport shut down, Interstate 90 is closed and everybody in the Black Hills is hiding out indoors waiting for the weather to improved.

Everyone, that is, except for Rocky (pictured) and Kody, my two dogs. Rocky is a malamute, and Kody is part husky. They love this weather. They like to sit on the deck and let themselves get pelted with snow. And they love to run though the deep-snow neighborhood at a full gallop. And since there's no traffic anywhere, they pretty much have the run of the neighborhood.

For the record,  Lead, S.D., has received 218 inches -- about 18 feet -- of snow this winter. And that's not counting the latest storm.

About the Author

Dan is an on-again, off-again Black Hills resident since 1978. The Aberdeen native hit the road after high school, building houses in Boulder, working oil rigs on Colorado's Western Slope, delivering cars in California. In Wyoming and Idaho, he worked as a newspaper journalist. But the Black Hills kept luring him back. For 18 years, he wrote for the Rapid City Journal. The job gave him a chance to see the Hills from atop Mount Rushmore and the bottom of the Homestake Mine. Whenever possible, Dan grabs his dog Kody and heads to the Hills. These days, he's perfecting the art of low-impact backpacking: hike two hours to a scenic spot, break out the wine, cook up the pasta, watch the sunset and fall asleep under the stars.

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