We just returned from our South Dakota vacation (where I was doing research for another book).
If you like monuments, geology, hiking, wildlife, the Old West, and lots of stuff to do, you should consider visiting the Rapid City area. We were there for 10 days and didn't get to do everything we wanted.
There's Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Wind & Jewel Caves, Deadwood, Lead, Custer, Reptile Gardens, Badlands, Wall Drug, Devil's Tower, Harney Peak, Bear Country, Custer State Park, Journey Museum, Dinosar Park, buffalo, pronghorn, mule deer, chipmunk, red squirrel, swift fox, wild turky, turkey vulture, harrier, prairie dog, casinos, ghost towns, Roundhouse Restaurant, Sioux City Sarsaparilla, and sparkly dirt!
Anyway, now that I'm back I can get to work on my writing again. There is now nothing stopping me from finishing up my scifi novel (nor my other novel) except procrastination. And, I will crush procrastination into a a mealy mush!
I just received some prelim images for the short story trilogy cover from Les Peterson. I'll post them soon.