Devils Tower and beyond

Trip Start Jun 20, 2010
Trip End Jul 10, 2010

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Before I get started I am not sure why the map shows us in Kansas but I can assure you " Dorothy, we are not in Kansas"!  I tried to fix it but have not been successful.

We got an early start today as we had to return the rental car before leaving South Dakota. Then, we were all united in the great white snail  (GWS from now on) for the next part of our journey.

First stop, Deadwood. It should be called dudwood! The town is famous for its cowboy history.Wild Bill Hickok frequented there and was actually shot there. Calamity Jane is buried there as well. You would think with this great history it would be interesting. Well, apparently, Deadwood had undergone some revitalization, namely casinos in every building and tacky,cheap junk shops lining main street! Seems like a step backward to me. The kids were bored stiff( and honestly so was I)
Robbie was looking forward to seeing a re-enactment only to learn there were no shows on Monday :( Rob tried to appease him by buying a cap gun ,much to my objections. Robbie proceeded to chase after the girls and I as we walked down the street, shooting off his gun hooting and hollering with his dad right behind him. We weren't in the GWS 30 minutes and it was confiscated by the very parent who bought it for him!

The only good thing about Deadwood was lunch. We ate at a cool outdoor restaurant with live music. The food was fabulous and the singer, funny and entertaining. We didn't linger long and moved on to our next destination- Devils Tower national monument.

It took about 2 hours from Deadwood.It was another long, winding road up and over mountains. It is one of those places you have to see in person to appreciate. It is awe-inspiring. It juts over 850 feet from the surface of the land has more than an acre on its surface. Some people remember it from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Robbie earned another Junior Ranger Badge here. He seems to enjoy these programs and ,he actually learns something while having fun(Don't tell him that, though). We took the Tower trail around the base. It was about 1.3 miles and we had great views and saw a deer right in front of us!. It was quite warm and we were all pretty heated up by the end. Thankfully, we have an RV so there were freeze pops waiting for everyone when we got back!

It was back in the GWS again to get to our campground about 2 hours away. The kids were getting antsy by this time, Rob and I tried to entertain them by serenading them with songs from my ipod. They had a great time laughing at the two of us and Cara may have shot some video. I will have to try to delete it when she is not paying attention.  They ended up settling in with Yahtzee! We saw a lot of cows, oil rigs, and trains that stretch on as long as your eye can see. The plains are so vast and empty it seems as if we live on top of each other at home.

The kids hit the pool as soon as we got to the campground. Rob and I have adapted well to using the RV and seem to have a pretty good system for set up and break down. He handles the outside and I handle the inside. The kids each have jobs and help out. Robbie loves helping his dad and can probably hook the rv up to the electricity, water and sewer by himself if he needed to.
Well a big travel day tomorrow as we arrive in the Yellowstone area. Wyoming is huge it probably takes 10-12 hours to drive across it if not more.! Hopefully, we have wifi from the next stop as we will be there for 6 days. Hopefully I will be back tomorrow with more of our adventure.
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Laurie on

It sounds like you guys are having a great time! Feels like you're right there with you through your stories. What a great trip! Hope all is well and the GWS has proven to be the perfect family vehicle. Don't go getting any ideas Rob! That last pic of Rob walking was eerily familiar...rain forest anyone? Atleast he spared you the sweaty but.... lol


the pictures are so amazing, new appreciation for nature. Yellowstone will be another amazing "natural" part of your trip. I am off for 11 days starting today (: be sitting by the pool. (: Can;t wait to read your next blog!!!!! (:

Gramgerry & Papa on

Good Morning! Yesterday's pictures and today's pictures are so great! It's really something that life as we know it can be so different and we're all in the same country! I really miss you all but I'm willing to sacrifice for what is an awesome experience for all of you as a family. After all who gets to take "three weeks vacation" all at once!!! I have to go to "work" today! I can't even retire! Love you all.

Tricia on

I've been following your journey everyday and have been sending it to Ron..we're truly enjoying your experiences. You look and sound like you are having the time of your lives. The pictures are priceless. Looking forward to your next blog. See you when you get back and keep having fun!

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