Devils Tower and beyond
Trip Start Jun 20, 2010
24Trip End Jul 10, 2010
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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
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)
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.