Driving to Sioux Falls, SD

Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2014

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Red Barn Campground

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

So...today we left around  8:30 a.m. for Sioux Falls. We had heard that there may be some severe weather coming through including threats of Tornadoes, we we headed out early.    We arrived here at around 3:30 p.m.  This time we took a road other than an Interstate.  I was enjoying all the rural settings and of course the many barns along the route.  We came through a couple of really tiny towns, but surprisingly they had some lovely homes and some very impressive old Town Halls and Churches...and Barns!!

It seems that whenever we start our journey in the morning there is tension between us and it hasn't been very pleasant.  Maybe it's nerves, who knows - but this MUST end!  Each of us has our jobs to do to get ready to move this thing and by now, we each know what that job is.  It is good to spot check each other and that's fine, but we also need to believe in the other persons ability to get the job done!  And, you know who you are!!!!  I'm just saying!  AND, since I'm on my bandwagon ... if the GPS says turn Right then you damned well better do it!!!  Going 10 miles out of your way because YOU suddenly know the way (not) is not fun!  Enough!

We went through towns called:  Wahoo, Freemont, Winnebago and Oakland.  One town had a population of 41!  Freemont is a college town and quite cute.  Most have the railroad as the main industry and big grain elevators.  We also crossed the Platt River which is extremely low right about now.  The fields are very dry and they must be praying for a little rain.  Many large farms and lots of plowed fields - not as many animals this time - although we did see two really big pens with lots and lots of cows.  It's surprising that for as many farms as we see, we almost never see anyone working them.

We were on the Louis and Clark Trail today and went through two Indian Reservation Lands; one the Blackhawk's and the other the Dakota's.  I was hoping to see someone on horseback in full regalia, but I guess I must have watched too many westerns when I was a kid.

Stopped for lunch and a fill up for the RV and they have little casinos all over the place in these tiny little buildings.  Not like we would be used to back East or in Vegas.

Well I bought my power ball ticket for a slice of the $600++ Million dollars so we'll see how that goes...I already know...but it's fun to dream BIG once in a while!

Hope you are all doing well.


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Caryl on

Hi Nick and Sandy,
Loved your little rant – like all couples have. Dick and I vividly remember vacationing with you and Nick on Cape Cod. The two of you were planning to show us the sites and an argument broke out between the two of you. It was very tense, and Dick and I looked at one another wondering what did we get ourselves into. ☺ It turns out you and Nick were both saying we should go to the same place, but Nick was calling it a different name. Suddenly, it hit Nick that he was using the wrong name and he said in a most pleasant voice, “Oh, Pleasant Bay”. All of us burst out laughing, and the tension evaporated.

To this day, (about 38 or so years later) when Dick and I are arguing, but not realizing that we are actually agreeing and saying the same thing. We say in a very pleasant way, “Oh, you mean “Pleasant Bay”. Good memory. Thanks for your blog. We are really enjoying it.


Pamela on

Hey Sandy, hang in there. I'm sure you could find a physician along the way with some prozac or perhaps a fifth of vodka would help. You could also start your day with a couple of mimosa's to release the tension!!! HA BTW, make sure there are no sharp objects at hand before noon.

Does your GPS have a male or female voice? You know men never listen to a woman give them directions.....

As for the indians in full regalia, that has spaghetti western written all over it!!!

xoxo, Pam

Avery on

Hey...Pleasant Bay...wish I had known that secret. I spent 2 1/2 months every summer at Pleasant Bay Camp in So Orleans...from 5yrs to 13 yrs old!!!! Best times of my life...learned more there than in college!!!! Could have used that for cannon fodder for you two!!!! PLEASE behave...OK!!!! Love the pictures and essays. XO Me

jerrygolfboyer on

Next chapter: He drove the motor home; I drove the car...in totally different directions!
Sorry, but I just had to laugh just a little. It was just a matter of time. But you will come together again when the next problem comes up and needs two heads and four hands to solve.

P.S. We switched our Garmin voice to male. I'm just saying........

P.P.S. Today was my first day back post-surgery. It was like riding a bike. And I was busy all day.

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