First Stop the Badlands
Trip Start Sep 01, 2005
9Trip End Sep 25, 2005
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The Badlands were worth a one night layover, which gave us time to drive around the first day after checking into the Badlands Inn. We found a great little restaurant just on the edge of the north entrance, sort of a diner at a trailer park but with tasty and fresh food
The days of the local diners with homemade soups and pies and regional specialities are long gone. We did a lot of picnicking and while in Lake Louise cooked in most of the time. The food in the US National Parks is the worst, thanks to giving the concession to a large corporation. We found the food service in parks in Canada to be far superior. No wonder Americans are so obese. The quantities are huge and the food full of salt and grease almost everywhere. But I digress.
Driving out of the Badlands on the way to Mt. Rushmore, we took the rim road--countless photo ops of this almost surrealistic landscape. Back on the highway and counting all the signs for Wall Drugs. If you have driven this road, you know about the World Famous Wall Drugs. Again, I had been there as a child and again it hadn't changed. The amount of tschokes and bric a brac that can be crammed into one store is amazing and all made offshore these days. This is definitely one place that has managed to extend its 15 minutes of fame for over half a century and is famous for being famous. Unless you are shopping for shot glasses, key chains, and other doodads, the charm is very limited.
We hit Mt. Rushmore on a spectacularly clear day. Again, I had been there as a child and North by Northwest is one of my favorite movies, but that's about all you can say about this attraction.