Saturday, August 30, 2014
Scout is not happy about the weather. It is hot and humid. We are not used to that after spending the summer in Seattle. I guess it is back to reality for us.
I am not happy that Dad is leaving us again, but he doesn't have a choice. He needs to retire like me.
We may be taking a break from our blog while we are here, so don't worry if you don't see any updates.
The Greyhound Who Feels He Is Not Stubborn, But An Independent Thinker
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Tuesday night, the folks visited Wall Drug. The last time they visited was in 1993. They both thought it seemed different. Mama remembered it being on the interstate, but she was way off on that. We could actually see it from our campground. Wall Drug opened in 1931 but business didn't start booming until 1936. In 1936 they put up billboards offering free ice water to customers. You see, there is really not much to stop at on your way to the Badlands or Mount Rushmore. Today, it is much the same. It is just miles and miles of fields. The town of Wall remains very small. They have a grocery store, well, that is what they call it. Mama shopped there twice and said the selection was very small and the prices were high. The closest town is Rapid City and it is at least 50 miles away. No McDonalds or Walmart here. BOL! The only fast food is a Dairy Queen.
|Oops! We forgot to show this guy to you. He was at a rest area. We never saw his body.|
|Wall Drug signs are all along the highway once you pass through Rapid City.|
|Inside Wall Drug.|
|Historic photos inside Wall Drug.|
|A chapel inside Wall Drug|
Wednesday, the folks visited the Badlands. They had Sioux Indian Tacos for lunch and they visited the visitors center where a movie was played.
|Buddy got really dirty when they went down the dirt road to see the prairie dogs.|
The folks also visited a missile silo. They said it was interesting.
The campground we stayed at had a HUGE dog park. It was bigger than our old yard. It was fun! The campground was pretty plain, but it was great for us and it was priced lower than normal.
South Dakota still doesn't have what we need. Moving on.
The Greyhound Who Is Getting Really Tired On This Trip
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
|Another runaway ramp. It was the only one that we saw this time. It was the last mountain pass that we went through.|
They arrived at the visitors center just in time to see the last showing of the video on the Battle of Little Big Horn. It is shown in a room with windows all around and you can see the battlefield. There are grave stones all over the battlefield. All the bodies have since been removed and the white men were placed in one large grave with a monument containing all of their names. The Indians removed those they lost and buried them elsewhere. The grave stones show where each man died and it has their name, if known.
|This is Last Stand Hill. This is where Custer died. The marker with the black on it is his. That is where he died.|
|This is where all the soldiers are now buried. The officers were buried elsewhere. Custer is buried at West Point.|
|Another view of Last Stand Hill.|
|The brown markers show where Sioux Indians died during the battle.|
|Yes, we are in rattlesnake country. Yikes!|
|This is part of the Indian memorial.|
Our campground was pretty, but not very good for us. Tons of gravel. They have grass at the sites, but you have to walk over gravel to get anywhere.
|You can rent this if you want.|
|We made it. We waved to Dad, but he ignored us.|
|The view from the top.|
|Headed back down.|
The Greyhound Who Climbed A "Mountain" Before 7 a.m.