Day 26 - Driving back into South Dakota
Trip Start May 01, 2013
184Trip End May 01, 2014
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Along the way we see 2 Road Kill young Deer (easier to fit in the grill I'm thinking)!! Also saw a beautiful hawk in a tree and a big turkey right by the roadside..watch out there fella...and several white pelicans. There are a lot of small lakes along the roadway and I was amazed to see them.
Minnesota has one of the highest gas prices right now and I think I saw it as high as $4.26! Yikes, not the time for us to be travelling if this remains the case country wide. As we make our way out of Minnesota and into South Dakota we are noticing the gas prices are dropping and that makes us much happier. The lowest we saw was $3.88
Our trip takes us past many small farming towns with some great old barns and some pretty farm land. We also go through Walnut Grove (another Ingalls site) but we don't see any of this now. We pass into South Dakota around 3:15 in the morning after getting off from Minnesota around 10:30. Nick and Dick had some last minute adjustments, and Claudia was nice enough to make us all quiche for breakfast (do I really need to leave this place)??
By the time we get to our campsite which is part of the homestead acreage (there are only 4 places for RV's and we are alone here tonight. We have a 180 degree view of the prairie with 30 black angus roaming the length of it back and forth all night. We sit on top of a small hill and the homestead is below us and the wind is howling at I think 25 miles per hour...the flag behind us is out straight. Luckily it is directly behind us. However, I have to say I was a little scared last night as the wind never did let up until 3:00 a.m. at which time we got hit with such a gust ( a good 50 mph), that it woke me up and scared the living daylights out of me. Then, as if a curtain came down, it went deadly quiet and the thunder and lightning and heavy rain started. I actually got up and opened up the curtains to watch the lightning (and maybe a little bit of me was watching for a funnel cloud)
I'm excited to be here on the prairie even though I never did read the books. Tomorrow you will see the homestead...good night.