On Thursday, we drove from Chamberlain, SD, to our new home for a week, Hart Ranch, just outside of
Since we had the time, we stopped in Wall to check out the “world famous” Wall Drug. That place is really something. It’s at least one square city block in size and seems to be made up of a lot of what used to be other stores. You just walk from one into the next and so on. They’ve got it all: a restaurant, 5-cent coffee, every souvenir item you could possibly want, a playground, minimal grocery items, and on and on and on. Now we can say that we’ve been to Wall Drug!
For the last 30 miles or so before getting to Wall, the interstate parallels the northeast part of the
It was a great moment when we came over a hill and could see mountains in the distance. It was like coming home. We both commented on it. What a beautiful sight.
Our campground is terrific. We’re in a valley south of
So Friday we were off to play tourist. We drove northwest up to Spearfish, which is the northern-most point on our whole trip. From there we headed south on the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. This was a beautiful drive. It was actually a lot like being in the Colorado Rockies.
We stopped at
We also stopped in
We drove up the gravel road for about a mile to see another waterfall:
Once out of the Canyon, we drove back to the northeast to Deadwood. We tried our hands in several of the casinos, but didn’t win anything to brag about. We didn’t lose it all, though.
Friday was our 30th wedding anniversary, so we decided to find a restaurant and eat out. This is not as easy as it may seem. We didn’t want to be driving all over
On Saturday morning we headed south to
And then there are the faces themselves. It was awesome.
And here’s proof that I didn’t lift these pictures off some other web site!
After getting our fill of the presidents, we headed towards Custer to see the Crazy Horse Memorial. I saw that 40 years ago, too. At that time, you could see where the arm would be, that was pretty leveled off. Now the face is complete and tons of rock have been removed as well.
I’m guessing we were at least a mile away from the monument. Here’s what the carving will look like – someday!
We learned that the four faces of
We had lunch in Keystone and then headed back home.
Sunday was work-day again: cleaning, laundry, catching up on this and that. And then we had to watch the Bronco game. I think people around here are about as big of fans as people in
We returned to Deadwood on Monday. On the drive, we noticed that the trees were beginning to turn. It was a beautiful drive through
As we were getting close to our campground, we had to slow way down to allow these guys to cross the road. We had seen wild turkeys in
Did I mention the cold? Overnight temperatures here have been in the 40s and one night it even dipped into the 30s. Brrrr. Fortunately, the days warmed up pretty well and we had sunny skies to enjoy this beautiful part of the
Our next stop will be the
Until next time: happy trails!