Welcome to my first entry into the Deadwood blog! I’m the new marketing director here in Deadwood, and I couldn’t be more excited. As you know, Deadwood is rich in history and culture, among other things, and it’s a great place to live, work and play. I look forward to sharing many more blogs with you!

OK, now down to the topic. This is a blog about the odds. The phrase “what are the odds” is pretty common in these parts. Now hear me out on this one. Saturday night, the Deadwood area received another couple of inches of snow – the heavy and wet kind. Roads weren’t icy and it was a great night to be in Deadwood. However, the weight of the snow on an old tree was a bit too much in one yard on upper Main Street, and this large tree did in fact fall early Sunday morning.

Now here’s where the odds come in. Of all cars parked on Main Street, it was my vehicle, with a moving trailer attached to it, which was parked underneath this tree. Yep, this big ‘ol tree came tumbling down, with its eyes on my car as a target.

The crack of the tree falling was enough to startle those inside the home, yet no one knew what had happened. One of Deadwood’s finest then knocked on the door, asking us to come and view the spectacle. This big tree had fallen between the back of my car and the trailer, landing perfectly between the two. The trailer did get a couple dings from the stray limbs, but my vehicle came out unscathed.

Odd odds. A tree and its branches landing perfectly between my car and a trailer. Talk about luck. And I’m hoping that luck stays with me here in Deadwood.

Today, though, the weather is starting to look more like fall, and the snow is starting to melt. With the last week’s flurry of snow, I’m sure the Black Hills skiers and snowboarders were busy waxing their skis and boards, and snowmobilers may have even started up their machines in anticipation.

See you soon, and remember, when the weather forecast says major snow in the Black Hills, don’t rule a Deadwood trip out. State crews are up to task at the drop of a hat, so keep an eye on road conditions.

Oh, and one more thing, Deadweird is Oct. 25. Cash and prizes to participants, so put on your thinking cap and come up with a costume. Deadwood’s Main Street takes on a new face… come see for yourself.

Until next time,