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When I was growing up I couldn’t wait for summer vacation so that I could escape my parents’ contentious and migratory household to spend three glorious months on my grandparents’ ranch in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  I was only seven years old when I made my first solo… read more >

Spring Has Sprung

For many people, myself included, the most joyous words in the English language are “Pitchers and catchers report!”  I have been fortunate for many years to spend two weeks in the normally dreary month of March, basking under the Florida sun in as many Major League Spring Training ballparks as I… read more >

Reading Lists

Reading lists accompany all Shebby Lee Tours Vanishing Trails Expeditions to help participants better understand the journey ahead.

Wide Open Spaces

One could argue – I would – that some of the most enjoyable days I’ve spent on tour were those covering many miles of what early settlers mistakenly took for the “Great American Desert”.  It’s ironic that these settlers – nearly all of them farmers – didn’t recognize fertile agricultural… read more >

Trail Talk

The difference between Trail Talk and Road Talk may be a matter of semantics but it matters to Shebby Lee.

Antiques Road Show

Antiques Road Show was here this summer. I don’t know what took them so long. They’d already been to Bismarck – a town half the size of Rapid City – and there are many families here whose ancestors homesteaded in the area or came to strike it rich in what… read more >

The Best Laid Plans

The conventional wisdom is that a successful blogger produces some words of wisdom every single day, but if you are a regular reader, you know that I’m lucky to post once a month. There is a pretty good reason for this: I am a tour operator, not a professional blogger.

Adventure Travel

There is a category of my business known as “adventure travel”. It evokes images of llama trekking in the Andes, zip-lining across the Amazon, hang-gliding or similar vigorous pursuits which would have made Teddy Roosevelt proud. By this definition, we don’t do adventure travel at Shebby Lee Tours. But –… read more >

Kindles and Other Modern Miracles

I am a Kindle owner, though admittedly a reluctant one. I come from a long line of bibliophiles and moving my massive and beloved library every time I’ve been uprooted in this lifetime has always been the most onerous part of what is already an ordeal.

Tell Me A Story

The late television producer, Don Hewitt, famously stated that his mantra during his 30+ years as guiding light of CBS’ Sixty Minutes was one simple sentence: “Tell me a story”. This is good advice, not only for television news but for just about any human endeavor. People are hungry for… read more >

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