The Wild West

Trip Start Sep 27, 2012
Trip End Sep 04, 2013

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Flag of United States  , South Dakota
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Yesterday we left Billings and headed out to the Little Big Horn, the site of Custers last stand with the Sioux and the Northern Cheyenne. It was amazing to retrace the footsteps of this historic battle. We were completely enthrawled and spent hours learning and walking over the ground of this bloody battle. The whole place has amazing spirit and you can actually picture the event. From there we headed for South Dakota.  On the way we stopped in the small town of Alzada, blink and you miss it.  Alzada began as a saloon in 1877. It was located along the cattle trail and serviced the cowboys after a long day on the prairie. It has not changed, we went into the saloon,  oh my goodness!!!! the woman who owned and ran the place looked at us as if we were from mars. And shamely we only ordered coffee as it was getting dark and we still had a 2 hr drive in front of us.  Again we were the only two people in the place, the floor was dirt and animal remains hung from everywhere. It was amazing, we both thought if this was at home it would be raging.  Gary and I are both pretty good at getting people to talk but this woman was tough, like pulling teeth!! basically yes or no answers.  She did tell us that we were the only customers that day, and we paid $2.50 for 2 coffees - none of that fancy city stuff, just plain coffee!! She showed us a photo from her busiest day all year, hundreds of bikies attending the Sturgis Bike Rally. Gary said later that she saves her real personality up for that day.  She did let me take some photos,  so that was nice. Arrived in Rapid City,  a large place and today we went to Mount Rushmore. I was a bit dubious but it is very impressive.  We did not go into the park,  too touristy, you get a great view from the road and from Custer State Park.  Spent 2 hours in the park and of course more animals, we feel like we are on safari. Today we saw more Bison, Deer, Prairie Dogs ( look like a cross between a guiney pig and a meer cat) and Long Horned sheep.  Also went to the site of the currently progressing crazy horse monument, but disappointing. Has not altered much in the past few years, so much still to complete. Off for another day of adventure in Rapid city tomorrow. The indians have a new name for Gary - man who tries many hats.



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Renee Walker on

Mount Rushmore would have been awesome, those photos of ded are hilarious

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