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Jul 20, 2019 - 7th STOP - Wall, SD

Last night in Mitchell, SD at 6:50am, the wind and rain started with such intensity that I thought the RV might be blown over. The last time I felt such winds was in 1960 in Hurricane Donna that went over our summer cottage at Oak Beach, Long Island. I was actually scared. It let up at 8:30am. We got a late start at 11:00am to head for Wall, SD. The lighter wind was at our back so we were not buffeted so much on I 90 West. We went past the Mountain Time Zone line so it is now 2 hours behind Tennessee Time. From the time we left Mitchell,...

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Jun 2, 2019 - Wall Drug

Wall, South Dakota, home to the famous, infamous, or notorious Wall Drug. Back before interstate highways the owners wanted a reason for travelers to stop at their little drug store in town. They started advertising free ice water. A great idea for travelers in their old jalopies crossing miles and miles of scorching hot open plains. Business boomed immediately the day they put up the signs. Now there are signs for Wall Drug for hundreds of miles in every direction from the store. It is huge. They still provide free ice water not only in...

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Sep 11, 2018 - Badlands national park

We traveled across SD today and made it to the Badlands of SD. We entered the north entrance and drove about and hour and a half to the sage Creek CG. Very few people here but by 6 it was full. We hiked towards the river to look at the bison and by the time we got back they were coming across the creek. They crossed the CG and we took pics as they went up the hill. Had a great supper of pork chops and black beans with tomatoes and cucumbers.

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Jun 8, 2018 - A wild day

Wall, SD Jim was very happy today as we saw an abundance of wildlife as we explored the Badlands. His count: Big Horn sheep - 12, Bison - 290, turkey - 1, coyote - 1, antelope - 7, deer - 1, roadkill rattle snake - 1, prairie dogs - thousands. The Big Horn sheep were resting on the pinnacles and drawing a good crowd - which the sheep totally ignored. There were ewes and little lambs but no rams. The Badlands really are pretty in the spring. Because of how the Badlands were formed, there are layers of different colors. The greyish Chadron...

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Jun 7, 2018 - Badlands

Wall, SD Although the Lakota Indians called this area White Hills, the French trappers, frustrated by the sharp peaks and crumbling rock, called it the Badlands and the name stuck. Badlands National Park consists of 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires. When seen in the peak of summer, it is desolation at its truest. The land has been so ruthlessly ravaged by wind and water that it looks barren and wasted. Water in the Badlands is too full of silt for humans to drink and will quickly clog a water filter. In other...

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Sep 25, 2017 - Badlands National Park

Continuing our trek back eastward, we had to stop at Wall, SD. Wall is famous for the Wall Drug Store. It all started in Wall with Free Ice Water. Since then Wall Drug claims to give away 20,000 cups of water per day during the peak tourist season. The town itself is only a couple blocks long with the main attractions being withing 1 single block. Both sides of course. We decided to boondock behind Wall Drug. After parking and exploring the 1 block of Wall, we took off in the Jeep to drive through The Badlands. To get there from Wall is a...

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Aug 13, 2017 - Wall, SD

These days were interesting and challenging. After we left home, Del received a bad report from skin biopsies done the first week of July. His doctor did not want him to wait 4 months to have surgery on one area that had been biopsied. We were blessed beyond words to get in to see Dr. at Rapid City, SD. She did 4 additional biopsies and found an additional abnormal lesion. Thankfully both have been removed and we can continue to travel. We might have to make an annual trip to Rapid City we were so impressed with her. While we traveled to...

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May 22, 2017 - Fort Dodge, IA to Wall, SD

On the road 9 hours today. So happy to be in South Dakota. Now we can relax and enjoy the sights. We started out about 6:15 am, and it was rainy to start, but the sun came out after awhile. There was more construction in Iowa today, including a detour off Route 20 as they are putting in 2 more lanes to make it entirely a 4 lane highway. It delayed us at least a half hour. Oh well... In Iowa, we passed fields that were planted in tiers on the hills, probably to stop erosion. We were surprised at how little traffic there was at 8:55 am in...

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Apr 2, 2017 - Made it to Wall, SD

This morning we got started earlier and got on the road at 9:00. We continued on Hwy 2 and then turned North on Hwy 83. After we got on Hwy 83 the countryside started to change. It went from flat open areas to rolling hills. We entered what is called the Sandhill region. It is a area about 1/4 of Nebraska that is very sandy and it acts like a giant sponge. The water table is very close to the surface so there are a lot of small lakes. We saw very little farming and crops. There was a lot of large ranches with cattle. As we got closer to...

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Sep 7, 2016 - Day 2

Well, today was interesting. Since we didn't make it as far last night, due to the rain storm, we were hoping to pick up a few more miles. Unfortunately, SPAM and corn can take longer than you think to process...in some ways! I will say, it was glorious rolling at almost 90 mi/hr once we hit South Dakota and it's 80 speed limit, that definitely helped. The SPAM museum was very kid friendly and a pretty good time! We bought some SPAM paraphernalia and moved on. The Corn Palace... good golly. Nobody forewarned us not to go inside! That was a...

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Sep 19, 2015 - Another good day traveling

Today we got on the road a little before 9:30am. Our destination was Spearfish, SD. We called after we left Sheridan and it was a good thing we did. Normally this time of the year it is close to the end of the season for campgrounds up north. They were full due to a BBQ cookoff they were holding. So we recalculated and found a campground with good reviews on farther down the road. It will add a couple more hours to our drive today but we should be off the road by 5:00pm. We had clear skies and temps in the 40's. The farther we got east the...

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Aug 21, 2015 - Wall Drug, Wall. South Dakota and Hotel fun

Wall Drug was so very cool! All the billboards we saw for it on our travels today - well all we could say was "What doesn't Wall Drug have?"!! It was sensory overload for sure! We stayed for a few hours, I think! We scoped everything out, Alyssa got soaked in the Backyard area with the sprays of water and we saw a true to life animatronic of a T-Rex dinosaur- so loud and real that it had Alyssa a bit frightened! We had dinner and then picked a few items to buy. I really enjoyed reading the story of how Wall Drug came to be! Dorothy and Ted...

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