I am actually listening to that old song by Martha Reeves and The Vandellas as I write this article on Tuesday evening (could it be hotter?). What a great cruising song! Cruising is my favorite way to spend a heat wave here in the Black Hills. See, I am originally from Iowa, and in Iowa during a heat wave there is nowhere to go but inside an air conditioned building to beat the heat.
Here in the Lead we have options. My husband and I like to hop in our open top CJ7 and cruise down Ice Box Canyon right outside of town. It’s called Ice Box Canyon for a reason! We escape the heat and let our dogs run in the creek. The whole family gets to cool down. Or we grab a picnic dinner and head to Hanna to eat under the shade of Ponderosa Pines. Sometimes the road takes us all the way to New Castle to get a shake from Way Back Burger. That is the best part of living in Lead! There is always a place to escape and take a “mini vacation”
Now, some of you may be saying… “Christine, I’m too busy for a vacation… don’t you know I have things to do and not enough hands or time to do it!” Well, for those of you who feel that way let me introduce you to a concept of taking a short vacation in your mind. I used to teach this technique to my clients all the time when I did human services. It’s called visualization and it goes like this.
Start by closing your eyes and imagining in your mind a peaceful and relaxing place like the creek running through Ice Box Canyon.
Allow your imagination to feel and see everything, using all of your senses. Feel the warm sun, hear the water, smell the pine trees or watch the birds.
If stressful thoughts enter your mind, acknowledge them, then dismiss them.
Now start slowly with this, take a one minute vacation in your mind and then work towards stretching it out to two or three minutes. You will be amazed at how the stress melts away for a while and clarity of mind returns.
Whatever you do to beat the heat just remember this is Lead, and in a few months we will miss these hot days!
_______ Here is what is happening in town this week
Saturday, 7/31 – 12-3pm, Summer Bash presented by Lead Assembly of God and sponsored by Kiewit/Alberici. Come on down to enjoy a touch a truck lot, get a backpack stuffed with school supplies, games, food, and ponies!
Monday, 8/2 – 5pm, We have our regular City Commision Meeting at City hall
Wednesday, 8/4 – 8:30pm, The Chosen Series presented by Lead Assembly of God. Free at the Manual Brother’s Park
Thursday 8/5 – 4-6pm, Pie Social sponsored by Shepherd of the hills 4-6pm on the Ray Davis Ring Patio
_______ Save the Dates
Rally starts late this year, it will be 8/6-14, remember to stock up before you get caught in the crush!
The United Methodist Church in Lead will also host their annual Biker Breakfast during Rally week at the CMC.
Recreational Springs Resort with host Marvin Nelson Playing music 8/9-8/11 from 1-3
_________News & Notes
RALLY FUN – Join Aspire Boutique and friends for Rally week each day from 1-5pm 8/8-8/13. Live music, cold beer, vendors and food! A portion of all proceeds will go to the medical fund for Mike Larson. They’re looking for sponsors to help with this event, whether you want to vend, help provide music or just come have fun! For more details and info about sponsoring email Emily – [email protected] The Lead Chamber is a proud supporter and sponsor of this event and we really applaud Aspire for organizing an event to draw in the Rally crowd!
The First Interstate Bank Lead Deadwood Community Fund is still taking applications for dedicated bricks on Mountain Top Field! If you’d like to purchase one they are $50 for a 4”x8” and $100 for an 8”x8” with your choice of engraving. If you’re interested but not sure who to talk to just reply right here and I’ll connect you.
Whitetail Creek Resort has added YURTS to their hosting options! They’re so cool, and offer a new way to glamp! Check out the picture we posted on our Facebook page and call Autumn for more details: (605) 584-9085
I hope you all enjoy the rain this morning, and the break in the heat!
With Love from Lead,
Outreach & Events Director