Holiday Inn Rapid City - Rushmore Plaza
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To begin the second day of our western adventure, we awoke (pretty much) at 3:00 a.m., dressed and ate a hardy breakfast of energy bars and plums brought from home---hardly befitting us robust about-to-be-westerners, but it was way too early to get our free breakfast at the hotel.
Our shuttle arrived promptly at 4:30 as promised and was a …
... seems a part of another world. We were opened mouthed and speechless a lot of the day which I know for some of you that's hard to believe. I will include quite a lot of pictures so you can enjoy what we saw. It is amazing to say the least. I'll just let the pictures do the rest of my "talking" since they are worth a thousand words!
Tomorrow we are going of a guided tour of Mount Rushmore and other areas so I will have another blog coming about our adventures.
... Poet Laureate who is known as The Cowboy's Poet. The band consisted of a mandolin, banjo, bass violin and two guitars. The lead singer's voice was reminiscent of Emmy Lou Harris, and the group brought Clark's poetry to life. (We confess we had never heard of Clark, but he is revered in these parts.)
On our drive through the park today, we saw quite a few bison; the first sighting was a large ...
... but rather "Dharma Bums" and "Big Sur." If you bypass his drunkenness, he was a guy that may not have had any training in roaming, but it's what made him complete.
At some point in our travel upwards to South Dakota, Nebraska turned into Iowa; only noticeable due to our stop at a gas station where Kendall noticed all the Iowa license plates. As we pulled out she told me we were in some backwater Iowa town, it took a good hour before hitting Nebraska for two ...
... gets flat heading East. Good news is the speed limit is 75 mph - yay! 3. Sugar beet factories smell like peanut butter. 4. Tumbleweeds are evil. This is not my opinion but a true fact. They are an invasive species from Russia accidentally imported, likely with flax seed. They only settle in disturbed soil (hence why they are all over the old grasslands - we turned them into farms). They cut through leather gloves and injure horses. 5. I love playing 80s ...