This past May I had a wedding in South Dakota. It’s been years since I had last been there…..in fact I not 100% sure I had ever been there. I feel like I have been. When I was 4ish, but my Mom says no. Who’s to say whom is right. Anyway…….
I got there 4 days early. Flew into Sioux Falls on the eastern side of the state and drove all the way back across the state in my little p.o.s rental car. Note to self-small cars with narrow wheel bases are not fun to drive in truck country-it will beat the crap out of you. On the way to Rapid City I came upon 2 storm chasers-is that a good thing or a bad thing. Yes there was lots of wind and excitement, but really when your out in the wide open prairie does it really matter? -there’s nothing to hold onto or hide under. Well, that was quite the kick off. Didn’t know what to expect. Turns out not much but hot air moving really fast. Spent the night not far from Mount Rushmore. Ironically I really wasn’t interested in seeing Mt. Rushmore, but since I was there I felt obligated. So I went. AND really liked it. Possible because I got there before 8am and before all the buses crammed full of tourist did, but what ever.
Then I hit Crazy Horse. Nice but totally felt like a tourist trap. Possible more so than Mt. Rushmore because it was a work-in-progress that they charged more for it. But the extra $4 was well spent on the bus ride to the base.
Then I went on a tour though Jewel Cave. Those of you who know me know I’m a rock nerd. I was in heaven. So fascinating. No-there were no bats.
Custer State Park is pretty amazing too. Well that was before all the fires, but regardless it’s a lovely part of the country and it made my soul sing. I mean really sing, it was my happy place. That night I stayed in Wall. Yes I’ve been to Wall Drug.
The whole reason I did all this is because I wanted to see the Bad Lands. So bright and early the next morning I hit the road again. With out a proper cup of coffee I might add. Something that should never be repeated. These are some of my favorites from that day.