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I have a soft spot in my heart for veterans. Always have. Always will. I’ve seen too many of them go through the hardships of being overseas and then returning to a life that has moved on or changed without them. A vet has a hard life. So I personally give a shout out, raise my glass and salute those who have served and are currently serving in the military. And a high-five/fist bump to the spouses/significant others/loved ones of those serving in the military because I know there can be just as much hardship standing next to the uniform as being in one.

Below is a list of Black Hills restaurants that are giving discounts for meals/drinks/apps on Veterans Day.

Free Meal

Free Meal

Free Build Your Own Grand Slam (5 a.m. – noon)

Free red, white and blue pancake

Little Caeser’s
Free pizza (11 a.m. – noon)

LongHorn Steakhouse
Free Texas Tonion and non-alcoholic beverage

Olive Garden
Free entree

On the Border
Free choose 2 or 3 combo

Outback Steakhouse
Free bloomin’ onion and non-alchoholic beverage

Red Lobster
Free appetizer or dessert (all veterans week)

Free tall brewed coffee (spouses too!)

Texas Roadhouse
Free lunch

Free lunch

If I was going to take full advantage of this day, I’d start my day off at Starbucks with a coffee, head over to Denny’s for a grand slam meal, hit up Texas Roadhouse for a free lunch, visit On the Border to get a free combo meal, and top the day off with dessert at Red Lobster. Any military members up for that challenge? :)

See the full list of participating restaurants here. Call ahead to make sure our Black Hills locations are participating in the offers.

Enjoy! Happy Veteran’s Day!

Dakota Uprising, 1000 Instagram followers, Black Hills apparel

On October 11, 2015, Dakota Uprising flew past 1000 Instagram followers.

When I started featuring your amazing Black Hills and Badlands adventuring images back in July, I didn’t realize how quickly the following would grow and it’s turned into a fun, little online community. I regularly see the same awesome folks posting awesome photo after awesome photo. I know who you are. I love the people that tag #dakotauprising on their most captivating images, and I love the people that send nice comments with a little bit of history about a location or an insight into something most people probably don’t know. I love that people from across the country have fallen in love with the Black Hills and follow the Dakota Uprising account to stay connected. So much love for you. One thousand of you. Wow.

Let’s break that 1000 down and admire how awesome you all are:

  • 333 new followers a month
  • 71 new followers a week
  • 10 new followers a day
  • 3 new followers per image post
  • 1,031 #dakotauprising tagged photos (amazing!)
  • 33 @dakotauprising tagged photos
  • 2 creative collaborations for photoshoots with Laurel and Rachel
    (visit their own websites to see their own unique creativity)

Kudos to all of you for exploring the hills, being at the right place, at the right moment, with the vision to catch that perfect photo in a frame. This account wouldn’t be around without you so keep taking and tagging your #dakotauprising photos for a chance to be featured.

If you want to be apart of the DU crew of 1000, follow me here:

See you out there.

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We love meeting new people, and I personally love taking portraits. We are always looking for models so if you are confident, fun and love Dakota Uprising, we’d love to see you apply to be featured on the storefront and social media showing off the Dakota Uprising gear and beautiful Black Hills area.

If you are interested, please e-mail Katie at Include the following:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Height
  • Instagram username
  • Other social media links (Optional)
  • 2-5 current photos of yourself (close-up and full body)
  • A little about yourself!
  • Note: You must be located in the Rapid City area to be considered
  • If you are selected you will get a free tee or tank of your choice, on us!

We will consider your submission and decide what campaigns we could potentially use you as a model. We will get back to you within a few weeks. If you don’t hear from us, do not get discouraged – we may be plotting our next campaign, designing new shirts or already have models booked for a few seasons.

Shop her tank pictured above here:

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Map decor is totally a thing right now. Whether it’s decorating your home with globes or wall-size world maps, use these ideas to document your own travels around the globe. You can use push-pins to mark the locations you’ve been to or buy a scratch-off map to reveal the places you’ve been.

  1. Or check out these beautiful maps you can get off of Etsy here, here and here.
  2. See more ideas from Athletes Abroad here.
  3. Or if you’re not much of a world traveler, buy your own vintage South Dakota map like this one here. You definitely don’t need to travel far to create your own adventures in the Black Hills.